Sister Joan (Alexander) Stoffel, OSF

Sister Joan (Alexander) Stoffel, OSF

Sister Joan (Alexander) Stoffel, OSF, Dubuque, Iowa, passed away at 7:10 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Clare House. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 31, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel, 3390 Windsor Avenue. Visitation will be from 4:00–7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019, with Funeral Vigil at 7:00 p.m. in Francis Chapel. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, is in charge of arrangements.

Sister was born on June 29, 1933 in LeMars, IA, daughter of Alexander and Mary (Neubrand) Stoffel.

She entered the Sisters of St. Francis August 25, 1951, and made final profession of vows August 10, 1957. Sister received master’s degrees from Loras and Clarke College, both in Dubuque. She ministered as an educator in Iowa at Dubuque-Sacred Heart, Ionia, Meyer, Webster City, Garnavillo, Jesup, Wesley, Cherokee, Arcadia, and Sioux City-Briar Cliff College; in Illinois at Niles; and in Minnesota at St. Mary’s College, Winona. She also served as Superintendent of schools and Director of Curriculum for the Sioux City Diocese.

Sister is survived by her sisters: Mary (Richard) Roder and Margaret (George) Landgraf; her brothers: Earl (Lucy) Stoffel and Robert (Sharon) Stoffel; nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan sisters with whom she shared over 66 years of her life.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Lois Stoffel; and her brother-in-law Lloyd Roeder.

The Sisters of St. Francis express their thanks to Hospice of Dubuque for their care and concern.

Memorials may be given to the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, IA.

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Mass of Christian Burial

Francis Chapel
3390 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001
May 31st, 2019 at 1:00 PM


Francis Chapel
3390 Windsor Avenue, Dubuque, IA 52001
May 30th, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

3 condolences for Sister Joan (Alexander) Stoffel, OSF
  1. Randy Hoeger says:

    Sister Joan taught me when I was in fifth grade at St. Joseph’s in Garnavillo. Sister was a remarkable educator and I gained a strong desire for knowledge because of her kind and loving teaching style. This quest for education, inspired by Sister, continues to this day. My life is incredibly better because of Sister Joan and I am forever indebted to her. I am certain that God sent this beautiful soul to help, touch, and be a blessing to many people. Now God calls Sister Joan back to Himself and I humbly ask our Lord to eternally bless Sister with fantastic rewards that we cannot begin to imagine.

  2. Julie McKinney says:

    This past fall,we(myself,my Mom, and sisters) were able to visit Sister Joan while visiting our aunt at Clare House. Please accept our condolences on the loss of your sister. All our prayers go out to your families.

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