Joyce Ann (Kotila) Jarl, age 85, of Cokato, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018, with loved ones by her side.
A memorial service will take place Friday, April 27 at 11 a.m. at Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church of Cokato. Interment will be in the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
There was visitation Thursday, April 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Arrangements are with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.
Joyce was born Feb. 9, 1933, at the Kotila home place in Cokato. This is where Joyce grew up and spent much of her life.
She attended Temperance Corner country school, followed by Cokato High School, from which she graduated in 1950.
The following year, Joyce married the love of her life, Thomas Jarl, May 5th 1951. Joyce and Tom spent the first four years of their marriage living on the Kotila farm place, until they moved to a home in Dassel. They lived there until 1966. They then moved back north of Cokato by Temperance Corner, and lived there for many years.
Joyce and Tom raised 11 children during this time. Joyce was a loving wife and mother, and considered raising her children was her purpose for many years.
She had a love for cooking and baking, and she worked at the Dassel-Cokato Schools in the kitchens for many years. Later, she and Tom lived and worked at Camp Chi Rho, where Joyce continued to cook and bake and share her joyful smile with all who visited the camp.
Joyce also loved to garden and spent much of her time outside tending to her flowers. Joyce loved visiting with friends and family, and always had a friendly smile and a pot of egg coffee on the stove for those who walked through her door, and usually a cookie or a treat, too.
Joyce was devoted to her Heavenly Father and enjoyed going to church and Bible studies. She shared this love and devotion to her Father by showing kindness to those she met.
Joyce will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, August and Selma Kotila; a daughter, Karen Hillstrom; and grandchildren James Lantto, Daniel Jarl, Keith Larson, and John Hillstrom.
Joyce is survived by her husband of nearly 67 years, Thomas Jarl; children Steven (Cheryl) Jarl, Vicki (Chris) Lantto, Janice Christenson, Kathy Jarl, Cindy (Mike) Worden, Shari (Phil) Rokala, Brenda (Cyrus) Welte, David (Susan) Jarl, Mary (Nathan) Ruonavaara, and Joe (Kari) Jarl; as well as 38 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.