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Martha Triebel

West Des Moines

Martha Triebel, 91, of West Des Moines, formerly of Fairfax, died Jan. 23, 2019, after a long illness. Martha was born on the family farm in Marion on Oct. 6, 1927, to Irvin and Vivian (Little) Kemp. She graduated from Marion High School in 1945 and attended two years at Iowa State University, studying home economics. She married George Triebel on Oct. 20, 1962. They resided near Fairfax for 33 years before moving to Meth-Wick Community in Cedar Rapids. Martha moved to Urbandale in 2005 to be closer to her daughter, Dr. Beth Triebel. She enjoyed working as a bookkeeper at Farmers State Bank, Iowa Electric Light and Power and for Weight Watchers after achieving her goal weight. She also enjoyed being able to do many types of volunteering through the years at College Community schools, Fairfax Public Library, UnityPoint-St. Luke's Hospital, Meth-Wick Community and Unity Point Hospice.
Martha loved being a homemaker and mother. Her daughter Beth was her pride and joy. She also enjoyed decorating and designing homes, gardening, bowling and traveling. Some highlights included dogsledding in Alaska, seeing baby sea lions in the Galapagos Islands and researching genealogy in Massachusetts.
She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Beth Triebel of West Des Moines; and her sister, Joyce Oberman (Dick) of Iowa City. Martha was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George; a sister, Betty Lou Palmer of Corydon; and an infant daughter, Jill Failor.
A visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, with a funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to the Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration Research at the University of Iowa Foundation.
Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.
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