Obits – Joyce Lavonna Van De Veire
Joyce Lavonna Van De Veire, 79, of Minnetonka, passed away Feb. 19, 2013 in Waconia, Minn.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013 at noon at Faith Lutheran Church (800 Parkway North), in Waconia with Reverend Dale Peterson officiating; visitation is Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home (141 First St. E.) in Waconia and from 10 a.m. to noon until the time of the service at the church; interment Faith Rutz Lake Cemetery, Waconia.
Joyce was born near Burr in Yellow Medicine County Minnesota to William and Annie Melbie on Aug. 21, 1933. Although she worked various jobs when her children were young, she was a devoted mother. After her family was grown, she served many years as a Home Health Aid.
Joyce’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the highlight of her life. She was an avid garage sale enthusiast who never needed more than a quarter to seal a deal. Because she loved her country music, there was no question that her family would love it, too. She and Maurice spent many years as roadies for Lois and Charlie’s band the No Passing Zone. She collected anything related to frogs. She always looked forward to their bi-annual trips to Oklahoma.
Joyce is preceded in death by her parents and her sister’s son, Randy Moffat.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Maurice; three sons Larry (Betty) of Waconia, Steve (Teresa) of Buffalo, Mike (Nancy) of Edmond, Okla., two daughters Tammy Van De Veire (Kenny Cordell) of Minnetonka, Tawnya (Mark) Golberg of Norwood Young America; nine grandchildren Jenny and Victoria Van De Veire, Jesse (Jen) and Jaclyn Van De Veire, McKenzie Dwiggins (Clint), Duell Cordell, Derek Van De Veire (Ashlei Wood), Katana and Kailey Golberg; and great-grandchildren Tobias Van De Veire, Kierstyn and Grace Van De Veire, and Gabriella Van De Veire; two step-grandchildren and eight step-great grandchildren; sister Arlene Jansen of Maple Plain, brother Harold “Sonny” Melbie (Roberta Graff) of Iowa; two sisters-in-law Irene and Louise Van De Veire of Marshall; and many cherished nieces and nephews; as well as best friends, Lois and Charlie Clark of Iowa.
Casket Bearers are her nephews Phillip Van De Veire, Lyndon Van De Veire, Rodney Van De Veire, Bradley Van De Veire, Dean Qunell, Ron Ufkin.
Arrangements with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.