December 6, 2013


Greg Sibbel, 26, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, at Jewish-Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., after a courageous 10-month battle with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare type of cancer.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Ann Catholic Church in Vail. Celebrant will be Father Paul Kelly. Lector will be Glenn Sibbel. Eucharistic ministers will be Tom Sibbel and Gary Schwery. Gift bearers will be Cindy, Pat and Ella Rademaker. Mass servers will be Ben Von Glan and Cody Von Glan. Music will be by St. Ann family choir and organist Irene Feilmeier. Songs will be "On Eagle's Wings," "Here I Am, Lord," "Heart of Jesus" and "How Great Thou Art." Casket bearers will be Scott Sibbel, Brian Sibbel, Joel Sibbel, Michael Schwery, Gary Ferneding and Tim Ferneding.

Burial will be at St. Ann Cemetery in Vail.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Ohde Twit Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Greg requests that, in place of flowers, memorials be made to CJ's Journey, a nonprofit organization providing hope to and assisting children and young adults with cancer and their families. In addition the organization raises funding for research.

Greg Ronald, son of Ron and Renee (Schwery) Sibbel, was born Dec. 2, 1987, at Carroll, Iowa. He grew up on a farm near Vail along with his three sisters. Greg attended Holy Cross Catholic School in Vail and graduated from Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll in 2006. He was a member of St. Ann Parish. After graduation Greg attended Simpson College in Indianola where he earned his bachelor's degree in biology in 2010. Greg was passionate about his studies and enrolled in Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., working toward a doctoral degree in development, regenerative and stem cell biology. His major emphasis was stomach stem cells and stomach cancer. He contributed to an article entitled "Stomach Cells Naturally Revert to Stem Cells" published in the magazine Cell.

Greg was also passionate about his hobbies, which included hunting, biking, rock climbing, cooking and eating all kinds of food.

In March 2013 Greg was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma.

Greg is survived by his parents, Ron and Renee Sibbel of Vail; three sisters, Amy Sibbel of West Des Moines, Lori (Jared) Christ of Ankeny and Tracy (Will) Swalwell of Johnston; niece Emma Christ; grandmother Flora Sibbel of Carroll; girlfriend Anna Boudoures; aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Preceding Greg in death were his maternal grandparents Galen and Betty Schwery and paternal grandfather Ray Sibbel.