Joyce Goepfert, 99

Joyce Marcella Goepfert, 99, of Cokato, MN, went to be with Jesus Wednesday, May 3, 2023.

She had lived to 99 years, 10 months, and one day.

She was born in Regal, MN, July 2, 1923 to Sidney L. Roberts and Edith A. Roberts.

She attended school in Regal, Belgrade, MN, and Arlington, MN.

She married Stanley Goepfert at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, MN, Sept. 30, 1949. Their union was blessed with the birth of three sons: Richard, Thomas, and James.

Stanley and Joyce farmed northwest of Howard Lake at the family dairy farm until Stanley passed away in 1978, at the age of 55 years and three days. Joyce also worked outside of the home and farm for many years, mainly at the Coast to Coast in Cokato, MN, and later at the Lake Bowl in Howard Lake.

Joyce enjoyed puzzles and reading, but the thing she enjoyed most was her family. She loved having the family around and looked forward to visits with the grandkids. She especially enjoyed going up north to the lake and fishing with the family.

Road trips were her favorite way to travel. She had her last big road trip at the age of 94 to Colorado. Duluth, MN, and Itasca, IL, were also favorite vacation spots.

She moved to the Howard Lake Care Center July 1, 2022, residing there until her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and by her mother and father-in-law, Louise and Emil Goepfert. Also preceding her in death are her brother, Pat Roberts; brother-in-law, Arvid Goepfert; husband, Stanley; son, James Goepfert; grandson, Eric Goepfert; and great-grandson, Ethan.

She is survived by her sons, Richard (Judy) and Thomas (Paulette) Goepfert; grand-children, Elaine Goepfert (Jason Albrechtson), Jacob Goepfert, Luke Goepfert, Jennifer Goepfert (Travis Pedersen), Christine Goepfert, Lorelei (Tim) Sullivan, Odilia (Alex) Lindstrom, and Colleen Goepfert; step-grandchildren, Dawn (Ed) Johnson and Holly (Robert) Helms; 17 great-grandkids, three great great-grandkids, and numerous nieces and nephews, family, and friends.

Many people loved her and called her grandma. She loved all her family very much and was extremely proud of them all. She changed many lives for the better with her love and support. She will be deeply missed.

Services will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, May 19, 2023, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m. at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato (280 3rd St. SE).

Arrangements are by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Cokato and Howard Lake, 320-286-2534, www.swansonpeterson.com.

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