Joyce A. Carlson, age 87, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 27, 2017, at Buffalo Hospital, surrounded by family.
She was born Aug. 20, 1929, in Howard Lake, to Robert and Esther (Ziedler) Rieck. Joyce was baptized as an infant and later confirmed at the St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.
She attended rural school in Howard Lake through the eighth grade, and graduated from Howard Lake High School.
Joyce and John M. Carlson were joined in holy marriage Oct. 30, 1949, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake, and were happily married for 55 years.
John and Joyce were lifetime farmers, starting in Stockholm Township, rural Cokato. In 1957, they purchased land and established Double J Farms in Buffalo, while also continuing to farm in Stockholm.
John and Joyce managed the farms, beautiful gardens, and traveled hand-in-hand. They would oftentimes be found dancing, especially the polka and waltz. Their love and devotion was an inspiration to many.
Joyce was a social, kind, warm, witty, welcoming, and fun-loving woman whose top priority was family and friends. Some of her other passions included gardening, feeding birds, chauffeuring grandkids and attending their sporting events, travels with family, attending craft shows and FarmFest, lunch with friends, flea markets, and watching Twins baseball games. She was always up-to-date on current events, and loved attending family, friends’, and neighborhood parties.
Joyce was also an avid trapper, hunter, and marksman, with some of her prime targets being sparrows, starlings, rabbits, and raccoons.
She would capture attention with stories of the farm long ago and growing up in a small town. Joyce helped many feel thankful for the luxuries we have in this modern life, and it was a joy to live vicariously through her childhood memories. She was always easy to talk to, generous in giving, and selfless with her time.
Joyce was preceded in death by her loving husband, John (Beezie) Carlson, of Cokato; parents Robert and Esther Rieck; sons Dean and Dale Carlson; sister Arlys Gayner; and brothers-in-law Dean Gayner, and Evans Terning of Dassel.
She is survived by her children and spouses: Reed (Gayle) Carlson of Cokato, Diane (Wayne) Weege of Baldwin City, KS, Dr. Gayle (Gordon) Dramen, and Amy (James) Rohlin, all of Buffalo; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren (Trevor, Maria, Lauren, Tyler, Janelle, Alyssa, Emily, Weston, Nathan, Logan, Macie, Kylee, Bryce, Leo, Garrett, Ryker, Owen, Bo, Tatum, Derek, Grant, Maggie, and Theo); sister Wanda Terning of Dassel; other nephews, nieces, and cousins; and many friends.
Her funeral service took place Tuesday, May 2, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, with Pastor Ted Vanderpan officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery.
Casket bearers were Jeremy Carlson, Ryan Carlson, Coy Weege, Kevin Carlson, Kelly Weege, Dakota Bruns, and Dylan Rohlin. Honorary casket bearers were Leslie Schmit, Amanda Sylvester, Jamie Gilges, Randi Oman, Suzanne Weege, Tracie Weege, Danielle Dramen, Madison Dramen, and Hayley Rohlin.
There was visitation Monday, May 1 at Peterson Chapel in Buffalo from 4 to 8 p.m., continuing Tuesday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.