Joyce Mecklenburg, 93, of New Ulm died Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.
Joyce Mecklenburg, 93, of New Ulm died Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 23 at the United Church of Christ in New Ulm. Burial will follow at the New Ulm City Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Schmucker Funeral Service in New Ulm and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Joyce Palma Nundahl, the daughter of Siver and Clara (Grothem) Nundahl, was born April 5, 1918 in New Ulm. She was confirmed at Nora Church in Hanska in 1932. She graduated from Hanska High School in 1936 and the New Ulm School of Practical Nursing in 1942. Joyce worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse until retiring January 25, 1985. Joyce was united in marriage to Earl Mecklenburg January 25, 1946 at Nora Church. The couple made their home in New Ulm where they raised their family. After Earl’s death May 21, 1998 Joyce continued to make her home in New Ulm until moving to Countryside Apartments in Sleepy until 2003. She became a resident of Oak Hills Living Center in 2007. She was an active member of the United Church of Christ in New Ulm where she taught Sunday School, Bible School and served in the Ladies Aid. She was a member of the first class of the New Ulm School of Practical Nursing and served as the first president of the LPN Association of Minnesota. Joyce loved her family and care giving. She had compassion for others, a listening ear and consoling words. She enjoyed her nurses’ groups and Crazy Cousins. Joyce was interested in world events and was an advocate for peace and justice in the world. Any guest to her home will remember Joyce as a ready hostess who could put out an overwhelming smorgasbord for an unexpected visitor. Many remember her as a counselor who could comfort a friend in distress, whether they were a friend of fifty years or for five minutes. Anyone she had ever met will remember Joyce as a remarkable extrovert whose passion to meet new people was only exceeded by her desire to spend as much time as possible with her family.
Survivors include her son David Mecklenburg and his wife Ruth of Sleepy Eye; daughter Yvonne Weber and her husband Lee of Mason City, Iowa; three grandchildren Matt Mecklenburg, Pamela Ganser and her husband Corey, Samantha Mecklenburg; sister-in-law Sadie Nundahl of Perham; brother-in-law Wally Mecklenburg of New Ulm; sister-in-law Eileen Schroeder and her husband Harill of Sleepy Eye; special cousin-in-law Betty Mecklenburg of New Ulm; 35 nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law Ruth’s family Helen and Leo Zangl and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; many cherished friends of all ages, and her care givers at Countryside Apartments and Oak Hills Living Center.
In addition to her husband and parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her stillborn son in 1950; brothers Helmer Nundahl and his wife Josie, Bernie Nundahl; sister Selma Srock and her husband Bill; brothers-in-law Chester and Willard Mecklenburg; sister-in-law Clarie Mecklenburg; special cousin-in-law Danny Mecklenburg; and 11 nieces and nephews.