Joyce E. Hart
May 17, 1930 ~ March 16, 2016
Joyce Elaine Hart, age 85, of Decorah, IA and formerly of Elma, IA passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Barthell Eastern Star Home in Decorah, IA. Joyce Elaine Hart was born on May 17, 1930 to Ralph and Olga (Larsen) Hopkins on the family farm near Chester, IA. She attended school in Elma and graduated from Elma High School. Joyce Elaine attended Luther College in Decorah and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1974. She also received her Master of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota in 1984. She began her teaching career in Strawberry Point, IA. On June 8, 1952 she was united in marriage to Lyle Hart at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Elma. The couple made their home in Elma where Joyce Elaine taught elementary school with an emphasis in reading. She was awarded the Iowa Reading Teacher of the Year in 1988. Joyce Elaine retired in 1992. She enjoyed traveling, singing, bird watching, reading and her many family pets. She was a member of Eastern Star, Elma United Methodist Church, Legion Auxiliary, North East Iowa Reading Council, Phi Delta Kappa, Holiday Ramble Travel Trailer Club, and United Methodist Church Choir. Joyce Elaine is survived by her two children Scott (Rita) Hart of Decorah, IA and Heidi (Steve) Kessler of Medinah, IL and two grandchildren Melissa Kessler and Alex Kessler. She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Olga Hopkins and her husband Lyle in 2005.