Joyce E. Dodge age 92, of St. James, died on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in Saint James. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James and resumes at the church one hour before the funeral. Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. at Augustana Lutheran Church, St. James on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 with Rev. Kathleen Ulland-Klinkner officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, St. James. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Joyce Ethelyn Thulien was born January 13, 1920 in St. James to Ernest and Edna (Peterson) Thulien. She graduated from St. James High
School. On September 21, 1941 she married Noel Amos Dodge at Augustana Lutheran Church. She worked with her husband at their sewing machine and appliance store, Noel's Service. As an active member of Augustana Lutheran Church, Joyce served as president of the Ladies' Aid, was a member of WELCA, was a counselor for the Luther League youth group, taught Sunday School, played the organ, and sang in the church choir and with the Miriam Singers. Music was definitely her passion! She also enjoyed reading and sewing.
Joyce is survived by son, Noel "Nick" Dodge Jr., Fort Worth, Texas; grandsons,Troy and Bill (Barbara) Dodge; step-grandsons, Shane Nicastro and Nathan Bosdet; great grandsons, Peter and Griffin Dodge; step-great grandchildren, Mahogany, Unity, and Wintr Nicastro; brother-in-law, Harold Lutz, Minnetonka, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Noel; daughter-in-law, Marlaina Weisl-Dodge; sisters, Alice (Bob) Chinberg, Marcella (Howard W. Nelson, Oliver H. Peterson) Nelson-Peterson, Avis (Dr. William) Wallick, and Elizabeth "Betty" Lutz.