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Joyce Belle Lemke

October 7, 1929 April 13, 2006
Joyce Belle Lemke
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Worthington, Minnesota Joyce Belle Lemke, 76, was born on October 7, 1929, in Fairmont, Minnesota, the daughter of Leland and Gladys Lewis Norman. She graduated from Fairmont High School. Joyce married Elmer Lemke on January 11, 1948, in Fairmont. In 1949, they moved to Worthington, Minnesota, and in 1957, they moved to Luverne, Minnesota. They returned to Worthington in 1963, where she worked for Veterans Services. In 1968, Joyce began working for the Nobles County Recorder’s office and was elected Nobles County Recorder in 1975. She retired in 1987. Joyce was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, the Worthington Elks Lodge, and the Worthington Country Club. She enjoyed traveling, golfing playing bridge, and watching sports. Joyce died on Thursday, April 13, 2006, at the Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. Joyce is survived by two sons, Thomas (Nancy) Lemke, of Worthington, and Jeffry (Teri) Lemke, of Everett, Washington; one daughter, Lori (Scott) Friesen, of Mountain Lake, Minnesota; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren, and three brothers, Harold (Alta) Norman, of Mesa, Arizona, Richard Norman, of Fairmont, and William (Bev) Norman, of Fairmont. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, in 1996, her parents, and a great granddaughter. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at 9:00 a.m., at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington, Minnesota, with the Rev. Jim Krapf officiating. Casket bearers will be Jud Simonds, Daniel Palm, Sheree Palm, Jeremy Kness, Nathan Kness, John Norman, and Becca Hermandez. Honorary bearers will be Cedric Friesen, Kimberlee Schamp, and Tony Hubbard. Burial will be held at 2:15 p.m. in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2006, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, Minnesota and on Wednesday, April 19, 2006, from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington.


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