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Joyce Louise (Knutson) Severance

January 18, 2015 November 21, 2015
Joyce Louise (Knutson) Severance
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Obituary for Joyce Louise (Knutson) Severance

Windom, MN


      Joyce Louise (Knutson) Severance, age 89 was born on January 18, 1926 in Byron, MN, to Thorvald and Leaffie (Tvedt) Knutson. She was raised on the family farm homesteaded by her great grandparents. She was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson in 1926, and attended country school where she often arrived by sleigh during winter months. Joyce graduated from Byron High School in 1944 in a class of 13 students. After graduation she worked in the Mayo Clinic Pharmacy, then at the Byron State Bank. On August 15, 1952, she was united in marriage to Stan Severance at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson. They lived in Byron, then Walnut Grove until 1957 when they moved to Mankato where Stan attended College. In 1959 they moved to Windom where Stan was a school teacher. Joyce enjoyed her involvement in the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, a host of church and school service, square dancing, baking, and gardening.

      Joyce was a member of the American Lutheran Church in Windom.

      Recently Joyce’s health declined and she entered hospice care in her home where she passed away peacefully on November 21, 2015 at the age of 89 years.

      Joyce is survived by two sons, Charles (Jody) Severance of Woodland Park, CO; Dale (Lisa) Severance of Rushmore, MN; one sister Valerie (Mitch) Slotnick of Chicago; 4 grandsons, 1 granddaughter, 3 great grandchildren, 6 nephews, and 3 nieces.

      Joyce is preceded in death by her parents and her husband Stan.

      Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church in Windom, MN, with Pastor Sarah Larsen officiating. Casket bearers will be Paul Severance, Levi Severance, Barry Slotnick, Tim Nunes, Bill Nelson, and Jeff Yonker. Graveside services will be at 1:00 pm on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kasson, MN with reception to follow at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kasson.

      Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 am on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the American Lutheran Church in Windom.

      Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is coordinating the arrangements.

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