Joyce Utz

Joyce Utz

Joyce G. Utz, 72, of Sleepy Eye, died on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at her home.

Funeral service will be held at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel, at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, with Pastor Chris Cordes officiating.

Interment will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Sanborn, at about 11:30 a.m.

Visitation will be at Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye on Friday, Oct. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. and will continue on Saturday from 9 until time of services.

Joyce Gladys Utz was born on June 19, 1943, in Springfield, Brown County, Minnesota, the daughter of Clarence and Bernice (Haak) Pieske and grew up in Sanborn. After graduation she worked with her mother in the Cozy Cafe in Springfield. In 1963 she married Donald J. Utz, Sr. and later divorced. Over the course of her working years, she worked at Stimpert Homes in Sleepy Eye, Sanborn Manufacturing Co. in Springfield, 3M in New Ulm and various other places including Runnings and AMPI, both in New Ulm. Joyce and Donald raised their children in Cobden and enjoyed the small city life. After they divorced she moved to Sleepy Eye for a short time and then to New Ulm and most recently was living in Sleepy Eye. In her younger years Joyce enjoyed bowling, horseback riding, snowmobiling, fishing, deer hunting and motor cycling. In her later years she enjoyed Nascar and spending time with family when time allowed but mostly alone time with her cats.

She is survived by her children, David Utz of Bemidji, Deb Mead and special friend Donny Schwab of New Ulm, Mike (Leisha) Utz of Elk River, Dennis Utz and special friend Shawn Renwick of Cobden, Melissa (Allen) Krebs of Cobden, and Donny (Becky) Utz of New Ulm; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; aunt and uncle, Dale (Evelyn) Holmberg; and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye.

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