In Memory of

Harriet "Hat" Gidel

January 11, 1924 - September 3, 2021
From: Rockwell City, IA

Harriet (Hat) O. Gidel, 97, of Rockwell City, Iowa, passed away on Friday, September 3, 2021, at Shady Oaks Care Center in Lake City. Hat is survived by her sons, Steve (Barb) Gidel, Twin Lakes; and Dave (Mary) Gidel, Twin Lakes; and daughters Jayne (Steve) Hamilton, New Port Richey, FL; and Jacqueline Dawson, Scottsdale, AZ; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Mary Gidel, Clearwater, FL; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, her infant son Tommy; infant daughter Tricia; her parents, Fred and Tempe Fitts Schlachter and sister Marion Louise Schlachter. Harriet Olivia Schlachter was born on January 11, 1924, in Rockwell City, Iowa. She graduated from Rockwell City High School in 1941 and attended the University of Iowa where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority and a member of the first female University of Iowa Scottish Highlander bagpipers. On April 24, 1944, Hat was united in marriage with Dale Gidel in Rockwell City. They made their home in Corpus Christi and Dallas, Texas, while Dale was in the Navy during World War II. After his discharge from active duty, they returned and made their home in Rockwell City until moving to North Twin Lake where they spent the next 20 years. In 1995, they moved to Ankeny, Iowa, where they participated in the construction and operation of Briarwood Golf Course. In 1998, they both retired and moved to Sun Lakes, California, and later to Sun City West, Arizona. In 2004, it was "back home" to Rockwell City. Throughout her life, Hat was involved with the community. She taught dance lessons starting in eighth grade and again after returning from Dallas. She worked at the Advocate newspaper and was the bookkeeper at Gidel and Knop Insurance and Real Estate Agency for several years. For 19 years she was the Twin Lakes Golf Club manager. She served on the Rockwell City School Board for a total of 9 years and was president for 5 years. She was a member of P.E.O. Chapter EG, Friends of the Library board, Reading Circle and St. Francis Alter Society. Hat loved to play bridge, sew, and spend time with her family. Memorials may be left to P.E.O. International.
Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 AM - Wednesday
September 8, 2021
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Father Lynn Bruch
Come and Go visitation for friends
Tuesday 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Tuesday - Sept. 7, 2021
Palmer and Swank Funeral Home
Rockwell City, Iowa
**With Covid 19 still prevalent -
the family will not be present
at the visitation.
St. Francis Catholic Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa


Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 10:44 AM
“I am sorry to hear of Hat's passing. She was a valued member of the community. For a long time, they had a lake place just two south of where my mother's place was. They were good neighbors. ”
- Julie Helle

Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 9:43 AM
“Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers, so sorry for your loss ”
- Diane Stephenson & family

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 1:16 PM
“Our sympathy to the Gidel family”
- Scott and Lynne Doherty

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 10:59 AM
“My sympathy to all of you--Hat was always ready with a smile and a kind comment. A beautiful lady...”
- Marilyn Olivari

Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 2:56 PM
“Our sympathies to all the family. As our Aunt and in growing up in the Rockwell City area, we have many great memories of her in family get togethers, church events and other functions. She was a wonderful caring individual. I know she will be missed by her family and friends. ”
- Marshall Bohbrink

Sunday, September 5, 2021 at 2:15 PM
“I have very fond memories of Hat's lovely smile, gracious manner, kindness and community spirit. She was one of the St. Francis School Moms, Alter Society volunteers, and my Mom's friend (Gail Feld). They planned many a church dinner. In late years, I would always enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat when I stopped by Sunnyview to visit my Aunt. Thanks for sharing her life story. She certainly made the most of her 97 years and many people benefitted. Definitely a life to celebrate! Jayne, my sister Marian asked me to also include her sympathies in this note. Thinking of all of you.”
- Laura Feld

Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 9:26 AM
“It was a pleasure to know Hat over many years for both Mick and me. Growing up in Rockwell City, I took tap dancing lessons from Hat. The recitals were spectacular in the eyes of an elementary kid! Later, Hat wrote a recommendation to Gamma Phi Beta for me at UNI. Then past the student years, she joined my P.E.O. chapter when they lived in Ankeny those few years. Moving in retirement to AZ, I again met Hat in Phoenix when her daughter Jacqueline became AZ State P.E.O. President. So many good memories of Hat!
Mick has great memories of Hat also. Those memories come from growing up in Rockwell City and then working with Gidel and Knop Insurance as an adjuster during his Continental Western Insurance career. Hat touched so many lives in her 97 years. Vicki Oyer McCarville”
- Vicki J McCarville

Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 8:28 AM
“My heart was sad when I saw this but I also smiled as I remembered her good heart, quick wit and soft smile. She was always fun to visit on my trips back to RC. My heart goes out to her family as they remember her life. ”
- Jeanette Owen Davis

Friday, September 3, 2021 at 10:36 PM
“My sympathy to the family. Hat was a beautiful lady and will be missed..”
- Carol Presley

Friday, September 3, 2021 at 9:12 PM
“Our since sympathy to the Gidel family.”
- Gerri & Jane McCurdy

Friday, September 3, 2021 at 8:13 PM
“My parents were good friends with Hat and Dale so i knew them my whole life growing up. Mom and her played bridge. But I remember tap dance lessons with Hat, recitals at the women's reformatory and all the costumes. I wonder how many girls learned to tap dance from her in RC? A truly great and beautiful lady. She will be missed. Condolences to the family.”
- Leslie Hinton

Friday, September 3, 2021 at 6:56 PM
“So sad to hear this. "Hat" was always so gracious and kind. A truly wonderful lady. My thoughts and prayers are with the family in this difficult time.”
- Randy Gray

Friday, September 3, 2021 at 6:22 PM
“So sorry to read the sad news, Hat was so much fun to be with and I loved playing bridge with her. Rest in peace Hat, Janice Wetter”
- Janice Wetter

Friday, September 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM
“RIP Hat.... what a great lady!”
- Jill Birks

Friday, September 3, 2021 at 5:02 PM
“So sorry to hear , she was such a sweet lady. ”
- Sherry Cates

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