Joyce Emily Voight, age 63, of the South Haven/Annandale area, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at home, surrounded by family, after a three-year fight with lung cancer.
A memorial service and visitation will take place Sunday, March 11 at Grace Lutheran Church of South Haven, with visitation from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the service at 1 p.m., with Pastor Eileen officiating. Interment will take place at a later date.
Arrangements and cremation services are with by Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.
Joyce was born Jan. 9, 1955, the fifth child of Robert and Ruby Voight of Kingston. As a child, she attended school in Cokato.
She was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church in South Haven.
Joyce had four children: Jason, Jesse, Jennifer, and Jamie. She was married to Robert Mattson in 1975, and lived with him and their children in Braham until 1984, when they divorced.
Joyce married again in 1985, and remained in the South Haven area until 1992, when she moved with her husband to Kelliher. She divorced again in 1995, and remained in the Kelliher area until she returned to South Haven/Annandale in 2007.
Joyce enjoyed singing music, especially Elvis and “old” country. She also enjoyed sewing, making baby quilts, coffee, and visiting with her family and friends. You were a stranger to her but once, and she would take you under her wing.
Joyce worked hard throughout her life in the service industry; as a cook, bartender, and waitress in several restaurants and bars; as a cook and laundry worker at Cokato Manor and Annandale Care Center, and most recently at Walmart in Buffalo, in the produce department.
She was known for her quick wit, her hearty laugh, and her cooking. Joyce always said “I love you” to her children, grandchildren, family and friends, every time they would leave, after their visit. Each person was so “special” to her.
Joyce will be missed and remembered with love. Her smile and her tell-it-like-it-is style held up until the end.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Ruby Voight; and daughter-in-law Tammy Voight.
Joyce is survived by her siblings: Ione (Vergil) Marquardt, Carol (Jerry) Becker, Bernice Helm, and Robert (Dinah) Voight; her children: Jason Voight, Jesse (Jackie) Voight, Jennifer (Fred) Lundin, and Jamie Mattson; grandchildren: Melanie (Cory) Handshoe, Nathan (Tiffany) Boesen, Crystal (Tim) Kuebelbeck, Lily Voight and Morgan Voight; great- grandchildren Trevor and Bryce Handshoe, Olive and Harvey Boesen, and Haley, Jacob and Carter Kuebelbeck; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews ,and friends.