Joyceann M. Laures

joyceann laures
Joyceann Laures, age 79 of New Hampton, IA passed away on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, MN. Joyceann “Joyce” was born on March 14, 1936 the daughter of Albert and Lenora (Frese) Blietz on the family farm north of Jerico, IA. She attended New Hampton Elementary school and New Hampton High School, graduating in 1954. After graduation, Joyce was employed by the Chickasaw County Farm Bureau Insurance Office, First National Bank in New Hampton and later on she worked at Northwestern National Bank in Rochester, MN. On August 30, 1958, Joyce was united in marriage to John Laures at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Hampton. The couple made their home on a farm 3 miles west of New Hampton until they moved to town in July 1998. Joyce is a member of Holy Family Parish and the Rosary Society. Joyce was also a member of the Red Hat Society since 2003. She enjoyed crocheting and made several afghans including one for each of her grandchildren. Joyce is survived by her one son, Jerry Laures of New Hampton; three daughters, Julie (Gary) Swehla of Alta Vista, Jean (Bruce) Hanson of Rochester, MN and Dr. Jaqueline (Dr. David) Gore of Marietta, GA; her grandchildren, Travis (Janell) Swehla, Amy (Nick) Norby, Jessie (Jason) Shekleton, Kelly Swehla, Allison Hanson, Michelle Hanson, Luc Gore, Addison Gore; two step-granddaughters, Kara Gore and Holly Sexton; seven great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; four brothers, Kenneth (Sandi) Blietz of Clear Lake, IA, Lavern (Joan) Blietz of Edina, MN, Ray (Helen) Blietz of California, and Dr. Jim (Connie) Blietz of Council Bluffs; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Blietz and Doris Blietz; several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by her husband, John on August 20, 2003; her parents; one sister, Viola Blietz; three brothers, Lyle, Glen and Vernon Blietz and sister-in-law, Darlene (Cletus) Meier.

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  1. Jerry and families, Sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She is in a much better place with no more suffering and she is at rest with her maker. Thinking of you at this difficult time and know you are in my prayers.

  2. Jerry, Jackie, Julie and families, Our sympathy and prayers to all of you. Joyce will be missed by the neighbors and her many friends. May she now rest in peace in her Heavenly home.

  3. Jerry, Julie and families, Sorry to hear of your moms passing. Always had a smile and bit of chit-chat when seeing her. She was a great lady. Always so pleasant. Keep those good memories and it will help you will get through this difficult time. Keeping you all in our prayers and thoughts.

  4. Jerry, Julie and families, Sorry to hear of your moms passing. She is at rest now in the heavenly kingdom.She always had a smile and loved to stop and chat for a few minutes when I would see her out doing errands. Hold fast to the good memories of your mom, it will help you thru the next few days.

  5. Julie,Jean , Jackie & Jerry, You have our prayers and sympathy , your mother will be missed so much. She and your father were great neighbors and we had such great Saturdays with her & the Meissens!!!She is playing card with your father and enjoying Heaven!! Ken & Jeanine

  6. Our sympathy to all of Joyce’s family. Joyce and I both loved our sports and in high school we always had a good time playing. either with or against each other. She was a friendly lady and we enjoyed visiting with each other. May the Lord bless her and now may she now rest in peace. Betty Denner Gorman and Jack Gorman

  7. All our thoughts and prayers to Joyce’s family. She lived just a few houses from us and we always loved talking when we would see each other. I pray that her memories help you through this time of loss. David and Jeanne Roder

  8. I always like visiting with your mom , went she cane into State Farm. Hold the memories close to your heart. She was a nice lady.
    Linda Steven

  9. I extend my sympathy and prayers to all of joyce”s family. I occasionally visited Joyce in the nursing home, and I always enjoyed my visit with her. She was always so kind and always seem to enjoy our visits. May God’s peace be with you all.

  10. Sorry to hear the loss of your mother. Always enjoyed visiting with her and caring for her in the medical field. Thoughts and prayers.

  11. Jackie, Jerry, Julie, and Jean,
    What a lovely lady your mom was. I always loved visiting with her whenever I came home. She was such a joy and a great mom to all of you. She was always so proud of her family. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Toni Pietan Galloway

  12. Joyce was a great classmate who was always willing to help on any project the class was involved in.
    I will miss her at class reunions. She was also a good neighbor for many years. My sympathy to her family
    Dick Winter

  13. Please accept our sincere condolences. May the words quoted from this song bring you a measure of comfort as it did for us.
    ”If a man or woman should die, can they live again?
    Hear the promise God has made:
    He will call; The dead will answer.
    They shall live at his command.
    For he will have a longing
    For the work of his own hand.
    So have faith, and do not wonder,
    For our God can make us stand.
    And we shall live forever,
    As the work of his own hand ”(Job 14:13-15)

  14. Sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was such a sweet lady and I know you will miss her dearly.
    Jim & MaryAnn Diesburg

  15. Jean, Julie, Jackie and Jerry — Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. I have so many good memories of being on the farm, whether it was for Jean’s birthday party or riding mopeds or playing pool in the basement. Your mom and dad were very gracious people and always tried to make me feel welcome, and the memories I have of them will hold a special place in my heart. Again, I am so very sorry for your loss. Joy (Boos) Clark

  16. Jerry, I’m so sorry your mother has passed on. You were so good to come to visit our Larson family when Mom died. I wasn’t able to come to your mom’s visitation, but I want you to know I’m thinking of you as you and your family go through this sad part of life. Use your happy memories with Mom to comfort you now and in the years to come. Take care of yourself and your family.

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