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Grace L. Joyce, age 85, passed away September 17, 2013, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Services will take place Saturday, September 21, at 2:00 pm at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, September 20, at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Avenue.
Grace L. Wennblom was born on March 22, 1928, in rural Alcester, SD. She attended Alcester High School and graduated from South Dakota State University.
Grace was married to Jim Joyce on December 31, 1952. They shared their life together for 61 years. Grace worked in education her entire life. For over 25 years, she taught home economics at Axtell Park Jr. High School, O' Gorman High School and Lincoln High School. Grace was a beloved teacher, and stayed in touch with many of her students throughout their lives and careers. She was an inspiration to many young women and students because of her positive outlook and dedication to education.
Grace was also very involved in Sioux Empire Home Economists and was a well-respected food judge at the Sioux Empire Fair. She was active at St. Mark's Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school. She was also involved with the Evangelism Committee, church council, and WELCA. Grace and her husband Jim were members of St. Mark's Lutheran Church since 1955.
Grace cherished her family. She looked forward to family weddings, family re-unions, and holidays, and kept in touch with her many nieces and nephews through phone calls and letters. Her most precious family members were her five grandchildren, Michelle, Kathy, Brian, Peter, and Eric. She will always be remembered by her grandchildren for her homemade play-doh, food-coloring water baths, and for her unwavering love.
Those left to cherish Grace's memory are husband, Jim Joyce of Sioux Falls, SD; sister, Delores Wennblom Anderson of Minneapolis, MN; brother-in-law, Donald Joyce and wife Phyllis; son, David Joyce and wife Carole of Rochester, MN; daughter, Susan Joyce McNamara and husband Ed of Silver Spring, MD; son, Rob Joyce of Sioux Falls, SD; and her many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and friends.
She is preceded in death by her father, Robert; mother, Lenora; brothers, Oliver, Vernon, Ralph, and John; a sister, Evelyn "Winnie" Sandal; and her daughter, Brenda.
The family asks that memorial gifts be given in Grace's name to St. Mark's Lutheran Church Outreach of Sioux Falls.
Published in The Argus Leader on Sept. 19, 2013