Joyce Ann Jerke
December 22, 1941 – November 2, 2018
Joyce Ann Jerke, beloved wife and mother, passed away peacefully at the age of 76 on Thursday, November 2, 2018 from dementia with Lewy bodies. Joyce was a long time resident of Northern Colorado, most recently residing in Greeley. Born in Clay Center, Kansas on December 22, 1941, she was the daughter of Harry and Lois Multer.
Joyce moved to Golden, Colorado as a young girl and was educated in the Golden Public Schools system. Earning her B.A. in History from Colorado State College (UNC), she was an active member of Sigma Kappa Sorority, and met her husband Charles Jerke during this time.
Charles and Joyce were married June 1964 in Golden, Colorado, and subsequently moved to Cleveland, Ohio to pursue a career in teaching. She was highly thought of as an educator by the staff and students at Lincoln High School. They relocated back to Colorado in 1968. Joyce continued her love of education, establishing a private business providing English as a second language services to various corporations, including Coors Brewing and Cobe Laboratories.
She also had many adventures assisting on the Jerke family farm raising and selling Christmas trees. Her many interests included literature, biking, photography, gardening and volunteering. She was an active member of the LaSalle Presbyterian Church.
Joyce is survived by her husband, Charles Jerke, her three children, daughter, Stacey McCaul and husband Conor, son LTC Kurt Jerke (USA) and wife Katie, and their son Mark Jerke, as well as her grandchildren Sean McCaul, Cade Jerke, Shea Jerke and Megan Jerke. She is also survived by her sister Kay Dalton, as well many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by parents and her brothers Richard and Roger Multer.
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the LaSalle Presbyterian Church, 51 Church Street, LaSalle, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado, in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th Street, Greeley, CO 80631.
Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado
in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 702 13th Street , Greeley, CO 80631
- Memorial Service Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Joyce Ann Jerke
Mary Anne Multer
November 14, 2018
It's Wednesday, and I'm here in Delaware thinking of you and so many family members gathered in tribute to you, Joyce. I'm holding you and all your family in my heart.
So many memories over the years. There was the week back in the sixties when you stayed with your two nieces and your nephew while your brother and I enjoyed a vacation in New England. There were visits to the Christmas Tree Farm, and the year you and Chuck celebrated your 50th wedding anniversary at The Cabin. In later years, we would meet for coffee at a Greeley restaurant just to chat and catch up. Not to mention the family gatherings when visiting with Dev and Tricia.
Thanks, Joyce, for many happy memories.
With love for you and your family.
Allyson Multer Williams
November 13, 2018
Joyce was the kindest and wisest person I ever knew. She gave me the the best advice I ever received. I never told her, but she changed my life.
November 12, 2018
Joyce and I had some good discussions in church and especially through the Boy Scouts. I remember having Chuck put a photo on their mantle that encouraged an interesting interaction.
I pray for Joyce and the Jerke family. God be with you all.
November 12, 2018
So many memories. Worked with Joyce as a co worker and as Mark's casemanager. Love you guys, always felt we were kind of a family. So sorry Chuck , Stacey, and Mark
Albert Moate and Barb Moate.
John ans Sherrie Jerke
November 9, 2018
We will always remember your kind, sweet spirit. You were such a joy whenever we had the chance to spend time with you, which wasn’t often enough. We will miss you.
November 8, 2018
I worked with Joyce at Eldergarden Adult Day Care from 2002 until 2015. She volunteered off and on the last years. I saw her name in the paper for several days and kept hoping it wasn't "our" Joyce, but when I went to the web and saw her picture, I was shocked and saddened.
I did not even know she had dementia, which I find doubly sad because she worked with dementia patients so nobly. Somehow it seems like that should give you a "pass".
I send my thoughts and condolences to the family. Judy VanEgdom
November 7, 2018
I'll always remember her kind heart and her drive. She went for what she wanted. My thoughts go out to all of you in this hard time. Just know she touched many lives. Although I haven't been in touch with her for many years, she still has a place in my heart.
November 6, 2018
Joyce was a beautiful soul. I admired her for her calm, compassionate, thoughtful, caring and loving ways. The first three letters of her name....JOY.....describe the feeling I have when I think of her. What a joy and an honor to have known her and to have called her my friend.
To Chuck, Mark, Kurt & Katie, Stacey & Conor and the rest of her family,
Love, hugs and prayers to you all.