Joyce Delores Halbasch was born November 24, 1928, in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, to Selmer and O’Thelia (Hanson) Olson. Joyce was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Faith. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946.

On October 12, 1947, Joyce was united in marriage to William (Bill) Halbasch at Oak Ridge Lutheran Church. Bill and Joyce were longtime residents of Thief River Falls where they raised their four children.

Joyce received her legal secretarial certification from the Area Vocational School in Thief River Falls. She began working fulltime as a legal secretary, once her children started school. In her later years, Joyce served as a guardian at-litem for the Minnesota court system. Her desire was to advocate for children. Her other interests included reading, sewing, canning, and trying new recipes. She always had delicious homemade baked goods on hand to share with friends and family.

Joyce was a long time member of Redeemer Lutheran Church. She served as the organist for 48 years. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, and learning new music. Joyce regularly played the piano in many venues throughout the community, and her favorite pieces included hymns and patriotic music.

Joyce’s journey through life was greatly enhanced and blessed by her loving husband of 59 years, her four children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Joyce is survived by one son, Bruce (Trish) Halbasch of St. Croix Falls, WI; two daughters; Nancy (Jeff) Hendrickson, of Thief River Falls, MN and Jane (Daniel) Aandal of Goodridge, MN; nine grandchildren: Ryan Halbasch, Kari (Tim) Suzuki of Rosemount, MN, Brian (Tiffany) Halbasch of Park Rapids, MN, Ashley (Paul) Hejlik of Thief River Falls, MN, Blake Halbasch of Monticello, MN, Carisa Hendrickson of Moorhead, MN, Cami (Keith) Eckhoff of Detroit Lakes, MN, Beth (Joe) Scheidecker of West Fargo, ND, and Tyler (Liz) Aandal of Thief River Falls, MN; 11 great grandchildren; Joella, Kira, Ali, Shae, Aliya, Tyson, Bennett, Graham, Miles, Ava, and Liam. Joyce was blessed by her husband Bill’s family members, both near and far, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Bill, son, Wayne; great grandchildren, Destiny Lynn Kilen and Gannon Hejlik; one brother, Clifford Olson; three sisters, Helen Saatzer, Alice Lappegaard, and Vivian Brekke; her parents and grandparents.

Joyce Delores Halbasch went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 4, 2019, at Oakland Park Communities in Thief River Falls, MN, at the age of 90 years, 7 months and nine days. May her memory be blessed. Please join the family for fellowship in the church dining hall following the service. Burial will be held following the fellowship at Oak Ridge Lutheran Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial to the Thief River Falls Education Foundation. Joyce loved children and had a tender heart for helping them to develop and succeed.

A special thank you to all staff at Oakland Park Communities for their compassion, love, and care to Joyce and family.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Redeemer Lutheran Church. The funeral to celebrate Joyce’s life will be held at 3:00 PM on Friday at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls, MN with Rev. Darrel Cory officiating. Please join the family for fellowship in the church dining hall following the service. Burial will be held following the fellowship at Oak Ridge Lutheran Church Cemetery.

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