Joyce Vera Eischen passed away unexpectedly on March 2, 2013 while vacationing in Arizona. She was 78 years old.
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Joyce was born in Waterville, Maine on January 11, 1935 to Frederick and Irene (LaVerdiere) Kurlovich.
Joyce attended Waterville High School before joining the Air Force, serving at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Upon discharge, she and her first husband, John Groeneveld, moved to Illinois, where her four children were born. In 1965, Joyce and family moved to Alaska, where she was a member of both the Air and Army National Guards. She attended Anchorage Community College and the University of Alaska Anchorage, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology.
In 1981, Joyce married Norman Eischen. She and Norman moved to Sterling, Alaska where they owned and operated Sterling Greenhouse and Moose River Auto and RV Parts. Joyce retired from the State of Alaska as a Corrections Officer at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, Alaska.
Joyce was a skilled seamstress and an avid reader. She and Norman were active in the Sterling community and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Irene, her sister Katherine (Kitty) Wilson and her brother Frederick (Ricky) Kurlovich.
She leaves behind her loving husband of 32 years Norman Eischen, her sons Steven (Debra) Groeneveld, Michael (Candace) Groeneveld, her daughters Leah (John) Brown, and Melissa (Kenneth) McKenzie; her grandchildren Stephanie and Stacey Groeneveld, Joseph and John Groeneveld, Valerie, Carolyn and Daniel Berg, Joshua (Heather) Houston, and Jessica Houston, and great grandchildren, Hailey, Delilah, and Cooper Houston, as well as numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held June 1, 2013 at 1 pm, at the Sterling Senior Center, 34453 Sterling Highway, Sterling, AK 99672.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Mar. 31, 2013