Funeral services for Joyce Thyren of Lakeville, MN and formerly of Thief River Falls, MN will be held on Friday, October 5th at 10 AM at Cedar Valley Church at 8600 Bloomington Ave. South, Bloomington, MN. Visitation will be on Thursday evening at the church from 6-7:30 PM, also one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
Joyce E. (Brodin) Thyren went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by family on October 1, 2012 at the The Lodge Assisted Living Facility in Elko, MN at the age of 86.
Joyce was born on June 4, 1926 in Thief River Falls, MN to Anna M. (Johnson) and August V. Brodin. She graduated from Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls and later attended Northwestern College in Minneapolis. She married Donald Thyren on August 10, 1946 and lived in Thief River Falls until 1983 when they moved to Moorhead, MN. After Donald’s death in 1994, she later moved to Minneapolis in 2001.
Joyce enjoyed baking, sewing, making quilts for weddings and graduations of family members, and sewing for orphanages in Haiti. She made the best loaves of cinnamon bread and kept them in her freezer to give to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they came to visit. Her love for the Lord and her family was her main focus throughout her life. She was very active in the Women’s Ministry, teaching Sunday school and singing in the choir at the Thief River Falls Covenant Church.
She is survived by her children, Wayne (Mary Joyce) Thyren of Maple Grove, MN, Jewell (Dale) Van de Loo of Rosemount, MN, Mark (Jeannie) Thyren of Lakeville, MN, Joy (Ron) Johnson of Roseau, MN, Jean (Tom) Peterson of Chicago, IL, and Judy (Jeff) Johnson of Ann Arbor, MI; 14 grandchildren, Lana (Dan), Jennifer (Dale), Sarah (Jeremy), Jason (Tami), Melissa (Jon), Stephanie (Dave), Stacy (Andy), Ryan, Paul (Michelle), Kyle (Michele), Angie, Michelle, Chelsea and Abbey; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Rodney (Marian) Brodin; step-brothers, Floyd (Charlotte) Brodin and Fred Brodin; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Donald.
A special thanks to Deborah Dolan at Senior Life Transitions, Dr. Charles McCoy, the staff and Caregivers at Elim Shores, her Caregivers at The Lodge at Natchez and Hospice Advantage.