Joyce Hanssen – Monticello

Joyce Hanssen age 78 died Thursday, November 26, 2020 at University Hospital, Iowa City following complications of a stroke.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 Wednesday afternoon, December 2, 2020 at the St. John’s Lutheran rural Monticello with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery.  Friends may call after 11:00 at the church. Pastor Caleb Schewe officiated at the services.    Goettsch Funeral Home has taken Joyce and her family into their care.  The service will be live on the Goettsch Face Book page.  Mask’s must be worn and fitted properly over the nose and mouth at all times to enter the church.  Social distancing standards need to be strictly observed.

Surviving is her husband Albert, 3 children, Kimberly (Scott) Crews, Steven (Jennifer) Hanssen, Rodney (Sara) Hanssen, 5 grandchildren, Ryan and  Jessica Crews,  Jackson Hanssen and Treyton and Jaeden Hanssen, 5 sibilings, Stan (Joyce) Willms, Carl (MaryAnn) Willms, Marilyn (John) Heiken, Sharon (Jim) Connelly, Lorie (Jeff) Hines.   She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Janice Ponder.

Joyce Ann Willms was born April 30, 1942 at Monticello, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Clarence and Esther Willms.   Joyce graduated from the Monticello Community Schools with the class of 1960.  She worked for a brief time at Wilson Foods in Cedar Rapids.  Joyce married Albert Hanssen on October 8, 1961 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  When the children were older Joyce went to work at Theisen’s in Monticello.

Joyce was a life-long member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she was baptized, confirmed her faith and was married.  She enjoyed gardening and going to the casino.  Her special love was spending time with family and friends.