Joyce Armstrong, age 94, formerly of Comfrey, died on December 13, 2022, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield, MN.
Visitation was on Monday, December 19, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springfield.
Service was held at the church on Monday at 10:30 a.m.
The clergy will be Father Garrett Ahlers and Chaplain Noel Wetter. Interment will be at the Springfield City Cemetery in Springfield.
Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield, Minnesota. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.
Joyce Elaine Armstrong was born April 2, 1928 at the home of her parents, Wesley and Trudella (Lindersmith) Armstrong of Comfrey, MN. She died December 13, 2022. She was baptized and confirmed at the Congregational Church in Comfrey. Following graduation from Comfrey Public School in 1946, Joyce attended Teacher’s College in Mankato, after which she taught at Dalton Township, Jackson and Darfur. She was also a private tutor for several students. Joyce was employed as a social reporter and typist for the Comfrey Times for a number of years.
In 1949 she was married to Ernie Karschnik and divorced in 1984.
Joyce was a member of the First United Church of Christ, serving as the clerk, member of the choir, teacher for Sunday and Bible School, and secretary of the Women’s Fellowship. She also was a long-time member of the Federated Women’s Club, served as its president and secretary and was a member of the Library Board for many years.
In later years she was content enjoying her family and following sporting events, mainly the Vikings and Twins. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and until her vision failed, her library of books.
Survivors include daughters, Mona (John) Goodermont, Eden Prairie, Meri (Lyle) Schumacher, Comfrey; Marci (Thomas) Heerman, Long Lake, Maxine (Steve) Meine, Springfield. Nine grandchildren, Darrin (Angie) Fox, Amber (Ryan) Stier, Corey (Melissa) Schumacher, Cathy (DJ) Johns, Grace and Elliott Heerman, Andy (Erin) Meine, Abigail (Brian) Schwartz, Angela (Andy) Cook. Fifteen great grandchildren, Bren, Ayla, and Cali Fox; Claire and Jack Stier; Tristin Schumacher, Murphey Johns, Connor, Colson and Carlee Meine, Lillian, Blake and Toby Schwartz, Walker and Quinn Cook and two great, great grandchildren Maverick and Lynx Schumacher. Nieces Nita Enderson, Janelle Bowman. Nephews Lee and Bruce Bowman.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jim, sister and brother-in-law Jeanette and Fred Bowman, cousins Curtis, Charles and Jack Lindersmith, as well as many other cousins, aunts and uncles.
Memorials preferred to St. John Circle of Care, Springfield Public Library, and St. Raphael’s Church.