In loving memory of

Ethel Jean Kuchel
March 26, 1931 - February 5, 2019

Ethel Jean Kuchel, 87, of Oxford Junction, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 5, 2019, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial will be held at 2 P.M., Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Lost Nation, Iowa Cemetery. A natural journey farewell with cremation has taken place.

Ethel Jean Flenker was born on March 26, 1931 in Scott County, Iowa, to John and Katherina (Schmidt) Flenker. She was a graduate of Bennett High School. She married Virgil L. Kuchel on November 20, 1954 in Iowa. He preceded her in death on February 4, 2004.

Ethel Jean had worked as a bank teller for many years. She was a member of the Community of Christ Church in Toronto and the Oxford Junction American Legion Post #473 Ladies Auxiliary. She had previously served on the Oxford Junction Board of Housing and had volunteered at the Oxford Junction Senior Center. She enjoyed birdwatching and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Those left to honor Ethel Jean's memory include her children, Sheryl Kuchel of Cedar Rapids, IA, Ann Hootman of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Keith (Kim) Kuchel of Lost Nation, IA; a brother, Harlan Flenker of Davenport, IA; 6 grandchildren, Jack who is part of the Honor Guard in VA, Jake who is serving his country in the U.S. Army in Korea, Sadie, Shane, Kelvin and Nova; and 4 great-grandchildren, Bryer, Macale, Emersyn and Rhianna. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, brothers Melvin and Glen, sisters Janice Flenker, Elaine Kolwey and LaVerne Fogg, and a son Kevin.

The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family and online condolences may be left at


Wayne & Nancy wrote on Feb 11, 2019:

"We were sorry to hear about Aunt Ethel's passing. We have fond memories of your mom. We love how she showed God's grace to others. She loved serving others and bring joy to all. We would like to attend any services held for her. Love Wayne and Nancy, Harlan "

Ray Terpstra wrote on Feb 9, 2019:

"Very nice obit. My prayers are with your Mom and family. Please accept my condolences. Ray T."

Penny (Cleary) Nuti (Bennett) wrote on Feb 7, 2019:

"Sheryl, Ann, Keith and families, I am sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. I remember her at church in earlier years & seeing her while she helped out at the Oxford Junction Legion activities. I pray for love, comfort, strength, & peace for each of you today & in days to come. "

Shirley(Flenker) Hansen wrote on Feb 7, 2019:

"My cousins, I just heard today of your mom's passing. You have our deepest sympathy.She was a good aunt to me & I have fond memories of good times together.I want to attend the graveside service if I can. Love Shirley & Dale Hansen"

Jodi Rickels wrote on Feb 7, 2019:

"Our family sends love and prayers to you all. We are so sorry for your loss. "

Bev and Bill Brauer wrote on Feb 6, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of Ethel and Virgil from the men's card club."

Dick Ward wrote on Feb 6, 2019:

"So sorry to hear about Ethel Jean . I'm in Tx. now . Maybe I'll make the service for her at the later date . "

Mavis J. Kaczinski wrote on Feb 6, 2019:

"Sending my sympathy to Ethel Jean's family. I remember the fun times, playing cards and eating delicious food at their house. We'll cherish the memories, Thoughts and prayers are with you. RIP wonderful lady!"