Joyce Elaine (Joul) Engelkes, 82 of Rushmore passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Kavanaugh House of Central Iowa Hospice.

Joyce Elaine (Joul) Engelkes, 82 of Rushmore passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Kavanaugh House of Central Iowa Hospice.

Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Sunday at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Worthington; and one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church in Rushmore. Burial will be in the Sunset Rest Cemetery in Rushmore. To view an online obituary please visit

Joyce Elaine (Joul) Engelkes was born February 19, 1930, at the Worthington Hospital to Joseph N and Alice E. Klein Joul. She grew up on the family farm in Ransom Township located in Nobles County, MN. In 1937, the family was joined by a son, Bernard F. Joul. Both Joyce and Bernard attended District 12 school in Nobles County through eighth grade. Joyce and Bernard resided with their maternal grandparents, Frank and Edith Klien, so they could attend High School. They went on to graduate from Worthington High School. Joyce was a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with honors. Following high school, she attended Worthington Junior

College and went on to graduate with distinction from St Olaf College in Northfield, MN. She continued her education at the University of Minnesota and earned a Master’s Degree in Library Science along with post graduate work at St Johns University. Joyce believed strongly in life-long learning. She had a passion for education, she loved to read.

Joyce met Jurgen H. (Jerry) Engelkes at the Rushmore ballpark and he made many trips to Blooming Prairie during their courtship. On June 16, 1953, they were married at First Presbyterian Church in Rushmore. Joyce and Jerry loved to travel and were extremely active in all church and community activities. They provided many scholarships in their quest to further the education of local individuals. Joyce and Jerry were married for 27 years until Jerry’s death in December, 1980. Throughout their marriage they resided in Rushmore. In 2009, Joyce moved to Des Moines, IA, to rehab at Ramsey Village after a terrible fall. In July of 2010, “Auntie”, as she was so lovingly called, made her home with her niece, Brenda and family. On April 27 Joyce became extremely ill and was taken to Mercy hospital until being transferred to the Kavanaugh House of Central Iowa Hospice passing away on Thursday, May 3, 2012.

Following her passion for education and learning, Joyce was the middle school librarian for 33 years in Sibley, Iowa. She commuted from her home in Rushmore to Sibley and loved her opportunity to help young people learn. Prior to that, she taught English, Speech and Drama at Adrian High School and also taught for one year in Blooming Prairie. She served for two years as the Women’s Editor of the Worthington Daily Globe. Joyce had many travel opportunities with University of Minnesota Alumni group and with the First State Bank Golden Opportunities Club. Most importantly, Joyce loved people and enjoyed the company of her many friends and family. Joyce was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Rushmore where she served as elder, Sunday school teacher, choir director, organist and participated in many church committees. Also she was an active member of the Presbyterian Women Group. Joyce enjoyed attending meetings and being involved with the Minnesota Valleys Presbytery. Joyce was a Rushmore City Council member, belonged to AAUW and was a board member for the First State Bank Southwest for 18 years. She served as a board member of the Adrian Health Care Foundation.

Joyce is survived by her niece, Brenda (Larry) Stanton, Des Moines, Iowa, and their children, Brandon and his children, Blake and Jake; and Robyn (Tim) Mulcahy and their children, Carter and Colin; nephew, Bryan Joul, Colorado Springs, Col., and his children, Brianna, Rhian and Ashley; three brothers-in-law, Lloyd Engelkes, Rushmore; Stanley (LaDonn) Engelkes, Adrian; and Vernon (Beverly) Engelkes, Rushmore; and several nieces & nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, her parents, maternal & paternal grandparents and her beloved brother Bernard.