Joyce MakelaJoyce Makela died in her own home, as she wished, with her family at her side on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.
Joyce Makela died in her own home, as she wished, with her family at her side on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013.
The youngest daughter of Andrew and Ella (Halbom) Turnboom, she was born in Elmer Township on Oct. 7, 1923. She was the last of her generation, outliving all of her siblings.
She married Walter Makela on Feb. 25, 1943. Joyce was a true homemaker, not only being a wife and raising her children, but working the small family farm. She was known in the community for her excellent baking and cooking skills.
Joyce served the community of Elmer as township clerk for 28 years and was on the Meadowlands Co-op board for many years. As an active member of the WELCA group of First Lutheran Church she prepared and served food at many weddings and funerals, finally retiring from those tasks at the age of 80. In memory of her granddaughter, she helped in many ways to raise money to help poor children in the Dominican Republic through Valerie's Legacy.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Ella Turnboom; her siblings, Blanche Murray, Kenneth Turnboom, Kermit Turnboom, Lucinda Kadin Felknor, Emmett Turnboom, Alice Matvey, and Ben Turnboom. Also preceding her were her husband, Walter, in July 1978, and granddaughter, Valerie Abramson, in February 1995.
She is survived by her daughter, Doris (Art) Abramson, Zim; son, Bruce (Rita) Makela, Meadowlands; grandchildren, Chris Makela (Amy Widdell), Lakeville, and Jennifer (Rick) Hambrick, Brainerd; and two great-grandsons, Erik and Niklas Makela.
SERVICE: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 in the First Lutheran Church in Meadowlands, Minn., with Pastor Tim Martinson officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 in the church and will continue Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Rosehill Cemetery in Elmer Township. Arrangements are with the Landmark Funeral Home of Virginia.