Joyce V. Lokken, age 82, of Litchfield, MN, died on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Ecumen of Litchfield. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 23rd at Zion Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held at Palmyra Cemetery in Hector at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the National Ataxia Foundation.
Joyce Vivian Lokken, the daughter of Anton and Hilda (Loftness) Ytterboe, was born on May 6, 1930 in St. Paul, MN. She grew up in Renville County, where she attended Country School and graduated from Bird Island High School in 1948. She continued her education at St. Olaf and transferred St. Cloud State, where she graduated in 1951 with a degree in Elementary Education. While attending St. Cloud State, she met Dennis on a blind date. On July 21, 1951, she was united in marriage to Dennis Lokken at Palmyra Lutheran Church in Hector, MN. She taught 4th grade in Belview, MN for 5 years before moving to Kerkhoven, MN. While raising her daughters, Joyce was a substitute teacher in Kerkhoven, Morgan and Litchfield, MN.
She was a member of P.E.O., the Lioness Club, the Study Club, the Sons of Norway, the Women's Circle and the Zion Lutheran Church. Joyce enjoyed traveling, reading, needlework, walking, exercising, volunteering and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a champion cleaner with a great sense of humor. She enjoyed looking out for others and will be remembered for her laugh and smile; along with her gracious, generous, and brave personality.
Joyce is survived by her husband Dennis of Litchfield, MN; daughters, Dorene Carlson and her husband Greg Carlson of Zimmerman, MN; Rebecca Lokken and her husband Dan Homolka of Edina, MN, Kristin Lokken and her husband Matt Bies of Zimmerman, MN, Kari Lokken of Maple Grove, MN, Kathryn Lokken-Cox and her husband Butch Cox of Hanover, MN; grandchildren, Josh Carlson, Anna Peterson and her husband Jon, Amanda Ritz and her husband Matt, Michael Homolka, Kate Homolka and her fiancé Brett Stone, Hunter Bies, Marshall Bies, Grace Lokken, Kelsey Cox, Mason Cox and Kylie Cox; great grandson, Anders Peterson; and many cousins and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents Anton and Hilda Ytterboe.
Read Joyce Lokken's Obituary and Guestbook on www.johnsonhagglund.com.