Joy Helene Sweetland

9 October, 19314 May, 2022
Obituary of Joy Helene Sweetland
Joy Helene Sweetland, 90, of Rock Island, formerly of Mountain Home, Ark and Davenport, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Rock Island. Services will be Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 2 pm at The Runge Mortuary. Visitation will be Wednesday from 12 pm until 2 pm at the mortuary. Her final resting place will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may go to the Rock Island Senior Center. Online condolences may be left at Joy was born October 9, 1931 in Staten Island, NY. She was the daughter of Erling and Alice (Moe) Lorentzen. She grew up in New York and started her career doing office work. Joy was a professional seamstress for various laundry cleaners throughout the Davenport area and even made her own children’s clothes including wedding dresses. She was a long time member of TOPS and also belonged to the Sons of Norway for many years. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Rock Island. She loved going to the casinos and garage sales and helped deliver Meals on Wheels. She also loved gardening, especially flowers. She married Robert Sweetland in 1952, they later divorced. Joy then married Parley Sweetland on October 3, 1959. He preceded her in death on September 7, 2001. Those left to cherish her memory include her children: Marie (Bob) McNichols, Davenport, Carol Imhof and her partner Al Masseth, Phoenix, AZ, Robin (Rick) Bourn, Greenwood, IN, Scott, Rock Island, Keith, Davenport and Tim , Carlinville, IL; seven grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter, brother, Peter (Beverly) Lorentzen, Minnesota and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Joy was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Niccole Helene. We're grateful and appreciative of the team at UnityPoint Hospice for providing compassionate care and comfort to our mom in her final days. - The Sweetland children, Marie, Carol, Robin, Scott, Keith & Tim

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  • Erling Lorentzen Father (deceased)
  • Alice (Moe) Lorentzen Mother (deceased)
  • Parley Sweetland Husband (deceased)
  • Marie McNichols (Bob) Daughter
  • Carol Imhof (Al Masseth) Daughter
  • Robin Bourn (Rick) Daughter
  • Scott Sweetland Son
  • Keith Sweetland Son
  • Tim Sweetland Son
  • Peter Lorentzen (Beverly) Brother
  • Also left to cherish her memory are seven grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and1 great-great granddaughter, along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Her granddaughter, Niccole Helene also preceded her in death.

  • Jesse Sweetland Pallbearer
  • Brady Sweetland Pallbearer
  • Nicholas Piggot Pallbearer
  • Keith Sweetland Pallbearer
  • Tim Sweetland Pallbearer

  • Rock Island Senior Center 2221 11th Street, Rock Island, Illinois 61201

Past Services

Wednesday, 11 May, 2022


Wednesday, 11 May, 2022

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