Joyce Janicula, age 89, of Delano, passed away Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, at home, surrounded by family.
Her funeral service will be Saturday, Jan. 5 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano. Interment will be in the East Mt. Olive Lutheran Cemetery in Delano.
There will be visitation Friday, Jan. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, continuing Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m., prior to the service.
Arrangements are with the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.
Joyce was born May 24, 1929, in Hennepin County, to John and Ruth (Pearson) Sinkel. She was baptized and confirmed by Edwin H. Bruns at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano.
Joyce married James Janicula of Delano, and raised four children. They lived in Delano all of their lives.
Joyce’s biggest joy was her family, which always came first in her life. She loved each holiday season, and made each one very special; she loved this time with her family.
She was a homemaker and wonderful cook and baker; many of the family members have some of her greatest recipes. Joyce enjoyed gardening vegetables and flowers, and was still canning and freezing the vegetables and making her home beautiful with the flowers in the planter for all to see.
Joyce also loved playing cards and games with family and friends; she was a competitive card player and it brought her much joy when her family spent this time with her.
An active volunteer with Mt. Olive Ev. Lutheran Church, Joyce served for many years on the Altar Guild. She was an active fire lady, and served as secretary for the Delano Ladies Fire Auxiliary for many years. She volunteered with the American Red Cross as a caller for blood donation, transportation of the blood, and working in the canteen, also for many years.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ruth Sinkel; father- and mother-in-law, Frank and Clara Janicula; brothers John Jr., LeRoy, and Winslow Sinkel; sisters-in-law Marie, Pat, and Shirley Sinkel, Lorraine Janicula, Lorraine Meehan, and Carol Theisen; and brothers-in-law Marvin Janicula, and Arnie Mense.
She is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Jim; loving family: sons Gary Janicula, Bruce (Linda) Janicula; daughters Kathryn Quist and Lori (Brian) Anderson; and nine grandchildren: Kari (Steve) Rankin, Chad (Lacey) Quist, Ryan Janicula, Jesse (Logan) Janicula, Scott (Kelsey) Quist, Keegan Janicula (Sky Guthrie), Lesley (Ben) Berscheid, Barry (Sara) Janicula, and Chris (Andrea) Anderson.
Joyce is further survived by 14 great-grandchildren: Kaylee Kouri, Hailey, Madison, and Isabel Rankin, Brogan Stoddard and Taylor, Norah, Blair, and Cameron Berscheid, Casey and Mason Quist, Walker Quist, Dylan Janicula, and James Janicula; sisters-in-law Pat Janecula and Elaine Mense; brother-in-law Harold Theisen; and many special nieces and nephews; and special friends.