Joyce Elizabeth (Nelson) Peikert, age 73, of South Haven, died Monday, March 27, 2017, at the Buffalo Hospital.
She was born March 29, 1943, at the St. Cloud Hospital, the daughter of Carl and Henrietta (Nemeo) Nelson. Joyce grew up in Hopkins, where she was baptized July 18, 1943, and later confirmed at the Grace Lutheran Church in Hopkins.
Joyce attended school in Hopkins, and graduated from the Hopkins High School in 1961. After high school, she was employed as an office worker.
Joyce was united in marriage to Gerald Peikert Oct. 8, 1966, in Hopkins. The couple made their home in Dassel until 1976, when they moved to a farm in rural South Haven, where they have since resided. Together they raised three children, and spoiled their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joyce was a wonderful cook and baker, and had canned and made many wonderful jams from the fruits and vegetables from her farm. She enjoyed watching the birds and the natural beauty around her.
She loved her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren dearly, and was very proud of every single one of them. Joyce was also handy at crafts and had crocheted many items over the years.
Joyce loved babies and children, no matter who they belonged to. She had babysat several of her nieces and nephews over the years.
She loved to have her nails and hair done, and enjoyed many hours shopping with her daughters.
Joyce was a member of the Red Hats, and the Kingston Lions Club. She was always a giver, and had a great sense of humor, often giving goofy gifts to her family and friends.
Joyce was never too busy to take some time to sit down and have a conversation with family, friends, or someone she had just met. She will be missed by her family and her many friends.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Gerald Peikert of South Haven; daughters Kristine (Richard) Peikert Elliott of Waite Park, Pam Peikert of Annandale, and Amy Peikert Nordstrom of South Haven; four grandchildren: Cecilia (Jaibyne Braatz) Nordstrom, Tarren (Bethany Grangroth) Nordstrom, Abigail Nordstrom, and Jordan Nordstrom; and three great-grandchildren, Haylin Nordstrom, Mavis Braatz, and Cormick Braatz.
She is further survived by siblings, Mildred Neitzel of Litchfield, and Carroll (Carol) Nelson; a sister-in-law, Darlene Nelson of Victoria; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Henrietta Nelson; three grandchildren twin infant babies, Breanne and Kyle, and an infant baby girl, Paige; son-in-law James Nordstrom; siblings, Dorothy Nelson and her husband, Harry; Margie Dvorak and her husband, Ray; Maxine Kahler and her husband, Bruce; and Arthur Nelson; and a brother-in-law, John Neitzel.
Her funeral service took place Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Carolyn Pflibsen officiating.
There was visitation Friday, March 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; and continuing Saturday at the church, one hour prior to the service.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.