Joyce Steinle, age 91, of Alexandria, MN, and a former local Milbank, SD resident for many years, died on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Knute Nelson Care Center in Alexandria, MN.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at the Mundwiler Funeral Home Chapel in Milbank with Rev. Melanie Reiners officiating. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the Appleton Cemetery, where Joyce and Don’s cremains will be placed together in the family plot. They will be “together forever” as they vowed to be many years ago.
Joyce Lorraine Steinle, daughter of Merle and Katy (Heald) Myers, was born on March 13, 1924 on the family farm in rural Correll, Big Stone County, Minnesota. She attended school at Correll, graduating from Correll Public High School in 1942.
On December 10, 1942, Joyce was united in marriage with Don Steinle at Witchita Falls, Texas. For the next few years Joyce became an “Airforce Bride.” Joyce and Don enjoyed this period of their lives where they had the opportunity to live in many different states. When they returned to civilian life, they established their first home in Milbank. Don became manager of the Red Owl Grocery and Joyce managed the Sears Roebuck catalog desk. Super management began and they transferred to Grand Forks, ND, and then to Hibbing, MN. Eventually they decided to stop traveling and purchased their own Red Owl agency in Gary, SD. It was in Gary that they became parents of their precious son and daughter, Jack and Jill. The last store they purchased was at Arlington, SD. However, due to health reasons they were forced to semi retire and returned to Milbank. For the next eight years, Joyce was employed at Riddles Jewelry.
Upon returning to Milbank, Joyce and Don became members of the Congregational Church. Joyce enjoyed singing in the choir and teaching Jr. High Sunday School. She also held the position as the devotional leader of the womens fellowship for many years.
Joyce’s favorite hobby was her flower garden. She spent many happy hours caring for it and people walking by would often stop and comment on its beauty. Joyce always responded by saying, “I only water it and pull weeds. God did the rest.” She also loved music and was honored to be the soloist for all funerals and wedding at the church they attended in Gary.
Left to cherish Joyce’s memory is her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Debbie Steinle of St. Paul, MN; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; daughter, Jill; two sisters; and two brothers.
In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to Douglas County Hospice of Alexandria: 809 Elm Street Suite 1200, Alexandria, MN, 56308.