Funeral service for Joyce Timmer, age 72, of Milaca, will be held on Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11 AM at the Christian Reformed Church in Pease with Rev. John Bylsma officiating. Interment will follow at Pease Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 – 7 PM on Sunday at the Christian Reformed Church in Pease and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Casketbearers will include Marcus Hays, Travis Timmer, Tyler Theisen, Spencer Theisen, Coleton Elwood, Brandt Rohman and Hudson Pundsack. Music will be provided by Jessica Anderson and Lois Roelofs. Arr. Peterson-Johnson Funeral Home of Milaca.
Joyce Arlene Timmer was born on November 26, 1940 to Andrew and Etta (Winters) DeJong. She was the fourth child of ten sisters and grew up on a dairy farm in Bogus Brook Township, Mille Lacs County. Joyce attended a country school, Pease Christian School and Milaca High School where she graduated in 1958. She was an active member of the Pease Church her entire life. Joyce was united in marriage to Loren Timmer on February 19, 1959 in Pease, MN. For 53 years they made their home in the Pease area. Joyce worked at the Cambridge State Hospital until she became a full time mother and homemaker. After the children grew she went back to work at the Pease Produce. Loren and Joyce were blessed with four children who grew up on the Rum River East of Pease. Loren and Joyce enjoyed years of travel together. Joyce enjoyed “hitting the road” with Loren when he drove for Walmart. Many memories were created on travels across the country in their 5th wheel with friends. Last, and certainly not least, Loren and Joyce spent endless time together searching for antique treasures. They spent many summers “Up North” at the lakes camping and fishing with friends and family. Joyce was passionate about gardening and bird watching; flower beds were adorned with bird houses, feeders and baths to attract her feathered friends. Joyce had the gift of caretaking and would not rest until everyone else’s needs were met. Joyce was surrounded by her family in her home when she was taken into God’s glory on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
Joyce is survived by her devoted husband Loren; children Steve (Melissa) Timmer of Zimmerman, MN and children Jessyca, Travis, Alexis, and Megan, Lisa (Scott) Theisen of Milaca, MN and children Tyler, Spencer, and Paige, Kristi (Richard) Pundsack of Minnetrista, MN and children Willow and Hudson and Jodie (Scott) Elwood of Cambridge, MN and children Coleton and Saylor; eight great grandchildren; sisters Fran & Dave Maat of CA, Dort & Poncho Jacinto of PA, Jan Godeke of Blaine, Julie & Rick Neufeld of TN, Shirley & John Hyre of FL, Linda & Jere Phillips of Prior Lake and Sandi DeJong of Cambridge; also by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Joyce was preceded in death by parents Andrew & Etta, her sisters Phyllis & Carolyn and brother-in-laws Randy Godeke & John Rust.