Joyce Virginia Isakson, age 83, of Dassel, died Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the Lakeview Ranch in Dassel.
She was born Oct. 18, 1928, in Stockholm Township, Wright County, the daughter of Oscar and Ina (Davis) Danielson.
Joyce grew up in the Dassel area, and graduated from the Dassel High School in 1946.
She was confirmed at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel, and later baptized at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel.
Joyce was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel at the time of her death. She had been an active member of the church’s women’s organization and helped with other church activities.
Joyce was united in marriage to Marlow Isakson March 2, 1946, at the Danielson home in Dassel. The couple made their home in the Dassel community, where Joyce was employed at Dassel Elementary as a kitchen aide.
Joyce enjoyed spending time with her family and her friends. She was a marvelous cook, even making her own potato sausage; and always had time to make chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren.
She had a wonderful garden and loved to spend time taking care of her flowers and plants.
She was also a member of the Eastern Star, the Birthday Club, and had been a Den Mother for her sons’ Boy Scout troop.
Joyce is survived by her children, Gary (Byrnina) Isakson of Dassel, David (Kathy) Isakson of Litchfield, Rob (Kris) Isakson of St. Cloud, and Kathy (Steve) Tupa of Dassel; 16 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
She is further survived by a daughter-in-law, Wendy (John) Isakson of Dassel; brothers Richard Danielson of East Bethel, Donald (Mary Ann) Danielson, and Ralph (Bev) Danielson, all of Dassel; and sisters-in-law Joyce (Virgil) Danielson of Dassel, and Nellie (Dale) Danielson of Eden Valley.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband; a son, John; parents, and brothers, Virgil and Dale Danielson; and a sister-in-law, Jean Danielson.
A memorial service took place Saturday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Steven Olson officiating. There was a time to gather with family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will take place at the Dassel Community Cemetery in the spring.