Joyce Sparks

Joyce Sparks, age 91 of Springfield, formerly of Blue Earth, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 13, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at St. John Lutheran Home.

The funeral service will be held in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at St. John Lutheran Home at 10:00 a.m. Thursday with Chaplain Noel Wetter officiating.  Interment will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.

Joyce Rose was born April 24, 1926, in Herrin, Illinois, to Kenneth and Genevieve (Nesler) Rose. Her family moved to Blue Earth, when she was eight years old. Joyce grew up in Blue Earth and graduated from Blue Earth High School. She continued her education at Brown Institute of the Air in Minneapolis. Joyce then worked at a radio station in Mankato where she had a program called Midday-Merry-go-round. Joyce married Keith Sparks on July 21, 1946. After their marriage she worked in the family dry cleaning business with her father and husband. Joyce and Keith raised three children. When KBEW Radio came to Blue Earth, Joyce worked there writing and reading advertising on air. She read stories at Christmas time and occasionally sang songs. Joyce was active in the First Methodist Church in Blue Earth where she directed the choir, taught Sunday School, organized Easter breakfasts and Christmas programs. She sang at weddings and funerals, too. Joyce enjoyed having coffee with friends, playing cards, going to the casino and baking great sweet treats.

She is survived by her son, Nolly Sparks of Coral Springs, Florida; daughters, Linda (Dan) Skarp of Springfield, and Lou Ann (Mike) Langan of Mantorville; grandchildren, Chris (Lee) Behrens of Burnsville, Emily Skarp-Wait, and Megan (Brodie) Scheitel, of Springfield, Nick Langan of Mantorville, Ben Langan of Kasson, and Andrew Sparks of Coral Springs, Florida; and great-grandchildren, Elora and Daniel Wait, Emily, Henry, Jack and Oscar Scheitel, and Genevieve and Alexander Behrens. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband John, in 1984; and many aunts and uncles.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. On line condolences may be left for the family at

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