Theresa Marie (Dinkel) Giebler, 86, Hays, died Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Hays Medical Center.

She was born July 24, 1932, in Emmeram as the oldest of 10 children to Anthony and Alvina (Stecklein) Dinkel. She was a 1950 graduate of Girls Catholic High School.

She married James E. Giebler on Sept. 4, 1951. He preceded her in death. As a young woman, she worked at Saint Anthony Hospital as a certified nurse aid for 13 years, in charge of the polio ward and pediatric ward. She worked for 31 years in dentistry with Dr. Edmund, Dr. Glover and Dr. Hallagin as an assistant and receptionist, then becoming the office manager until retirement.  Much of her retirement years were dedicated to caring for her husband.

Her catholic faith was very important to her along with the devotion to the rosary. 

She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and the baking committee contributing her baked goods for funerals and dinners.  

Her most joy in life was her family, immediate and extended. Each year each child, relative and friend received a birthday card. Holidays and any other occasion to gather were cherished by her, to enjoy conversation and a meal. Her hobbies include embroidery along with watching KU basketball and KC Royals baseball.  

Survivors include three sons, Greg Giebler and wife, Laura, Esterville, Iowa; Steve Giebler and wife, Debbie, Great Bend, and James A. Giebler and wife, Stacy, Westerville, Ohio; five daughters, Sheila Neuburger, Lawrence, Pam Diehl and husband, Steve, Wichita, Rebecca Deatherage and husband, David, Russell, Deborah Fall and husband, Scott, and Carma Chrisler and husband Chris, all of Hays; a sister, Rosie Mermis, Olathe; 21 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a step great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, infant Anthony Jr., Harold, Norman, and John Dinkel; and four sisters, Elizabeth Hatfield, Rita Sander, Barbara Schoenberger and Charlene Rupp.  

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1805 Vine, Hays, KS 67601; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, both at Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory, 2509 Vine, Hays, KS 67601.

A combined vigil/rosary will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.

Memorials are suggested to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in care of the funeral chapel.

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