Catherine Marie Kiesling Joyce, 99, of Logansport and a resident of Marion for 70 years, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday, July 6, 2017, at Woodbridge Health Campus in Logansport.
Just 19 days before her 100th birthday, she is now joyfully reunited with her beloved husband, her family members, her many friends and her pets in Heaven.
Born July 25, 1917, in Cass County, she was the daughter of the late George A. and Mary Elizabeth Hahnert Kiesling.
On June 14, 1942, she was married to Lloyd "Doc" Joyce. The couple shared 45 beautiful years together before his death Feb. 22, 1987.
Catherine lived her life with exuberant energy and fortitude in all that she accomplished. She was a 1935 graduate of Logansport High School. Catherine went on to earn her degree from Ball State Teachers College. She worked as an elementary teacher in Logansport as well as Clayton-Brownlee Elementary School in Marion for over 25 years. She loved children and they loved her. When an open house was held on her 90th birthday, many of her former students came to wish her well and thank her for her service to the community.
Catherine loved flowers. From 1971 to 1981,she and her husband were co-owners of Lloyds Flowers and Gifts in Marion.
A member of the First United Methodist Church in Marion, Catherine was also and active member of various organizations such as Psi Iota Xi Sorority where she had served as past president, Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority, Marion General Hospital Auxiliary Board and the Retired Teachers Association of Grant County. When Catherine did sit down, she liked to knit, crochet, needlepoint, embroidery, make flower arrangements and write calligraphy. Every Christmas, each member of the family received her "special craft" for that season.
Catherine is survived by her twin sons, Dave Joyce of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Doug Joyce and his wife, Patti, of Denver, Colorado; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Bob, Junior and Paul Kiesling.
The family wishes to thank with humble gratitude her niece, Jeanne Wagner of Logansport, who was with her every day for the last 2½ years. Her compassion, gentle care and loving words will never be forgotten. "We thank you, Jeanne, from the bottom of our hearts." The family would also like to thank the staff at Woodbridge for their excellent care, and a special thank you to Eric, her nurse. Catherine was so happy when she saw Eric come into her room. He took such wonderful care of her.
A funeral service celebrating Catherine's life will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, in Fisher Funeral Chapel, 1801 Chase Road, Logansport. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Deer Creek.
Friends may call from noon until the time of the service Tuesday at the funeral chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marion General Hospital Auxiliary, 441 N. Wabash Ave., Marion, IN 46952 and the Woodbridge Health Campus Activity Fund, 602 Woodbridge Ave., Logansport, IN 46947.
You may light a candle of remembrance and share memories in her guestbook at www.fisherfuneralchapel.com.
Published on July 14, 2017