NEW ULM — Joyce Simon, age 96, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, at New Ulm Medical Center. A private service will be held with burial to follow in the New Ulm City Cemetery, Soldiers Rest, with Pastor Brad Kuebler officiating. Social distancing guidelines must be practiced, and all guests in attendance at the funeral will be required to wear a mask. The service will be live streamed on the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home’s Facebook page beginning 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. To view the live stream, go to the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home’s Facebook page, or click the live stream button on the homepage of mvfh.org. To leave an online condolence for the family or to sign the guest book, go to www.mvfh.org.
Joyce Stella Simon was born July 30, 1924, in Worthington, Minn., to Clyde and Stella Christensen. She grew up on a farm in Brewster, Minn. She attended Brewster High School and was in the drum and bugle corps. After graduating in 1942, she worked as a telephone switchboard operator and in the local dime store where she met Harold. They married on April 20, 1944, at Westover Field in Springfield, Mass, before Harold left on a mission overseas during WWII. After the war, the couple lived in Worthington for a short time. Later moving to Ames, Iowa, then onto Suitland, Md., Big Falls, Minn., Faribault, Minn., Grand Rapids, Minn., and finally residing in New Ulm, Minn. Joyce was a homemaker, Sunday School teacher and an active member of the River Valley Christian Church. She was an encourager of her faith and loved God. She enjoyed walking, reading, playing Skip-Bo, and traveling in their RV. Joyce is survived by her daughters, Gloria (Hiroshi) Takagi, Linda (Roye) Stelzer, and Karen (Bill) McGuigan; grandchildren, Naomi (Cesar) Acosta, Elisa Takagi, Emily (Steven) Ellingson, Elena (Kuan) Takagi, Tara (Steve) Weber, Nicole McGuigan; and great-grandchildren, Adler and Zaria Acosta.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Harold; sisters, Jeanne, Margy, Chris; and sons, Thomas and Timothy. Memorials are preferred to Pine Haven Christian Assembly.