NEW ULM – Joyce Steinke, 92, of New Ulm, died Friday, June 13, 2014 at her home at Ridgeway on German.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 17, at United Church of Christ in New Ulm with Pastor Hank Campbell officiating.
Visitation will be 4 7 p.m. Monday and 7:30 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm and will continue for one hour prior to the time of service at church on Tuesday.
To leave an online condolence for the family or to sign the guest book go to www.mvfh.org.
Joyce is survived by her daughter, Marilyn (Gene) Stevenson of Aurora, Colorado sons, William (Jane) Steinke of New Ulm, David (Linda) Steinke of Lake Lotowana, Missouri; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Norma Christopher of Edina and Carol Ligare of Appleton, Wisconsin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William in 1996; and a daughter, Susan Mary in infancy.
Joyce Smith was born May 8, 1922 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, to Gordon and Jessie (Winton) Smith. They moved to Minneapolis in 1927 where she was a 1940 graduate of Washburn High School and in 1944 she graduated from Carleton College in Northfield. Joyce was united in marriage to William Steinke on February 19, 1944 at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. They lived in Italy and Germany at the end of WWII until her husband’s service to his country was complete. They then lived in Edina until moving to New Ulm in 1971. Joyce was employed as an organist at the Colonial Church in Edina and the United Church of Christ in New Ulm. She also taught organ and piano lessons in New Ulm. Joyce was an active member of the United Church of Christ, serving as a church council member. She also was a member of P.E.O since 1947. the Women’s Literary Club, She volunteered at the New Ulm Medical Center and was active in AFS, hosting students from around the world.
Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society, United Church of Christ and the Oak Hills Foundation.