Joyce Lexa Spengler

October 5, 1948March 6, 2018
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Age 69 of Boynton Beach, FL passed away March 6, 2018. She was born in Muscatine, Iowa on October 5, 1948. Joyce graduated from Sherrard High School. She was married to John Spengler on February 26, 1967. Joyce had a career in Banking for the State Bank of Aledo, IL, State Bank of Lantana, 1st Union, Community Bank in Broward, Campell Assoc. and many other banking associations. She had a passion for boating, hiking, travel and church. She is survived by: John Spengler; brother, Albert Hampton; and stepfather, Donald Hampton. Friends may gather on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 1:00 – 2:30pm at Community of Hope Church, 2341 South Military Trail, West Palm Beach, FL 33415. Funeral services will begin at 2:30pm. Arrangements entrusted to Dorsey-E. Earl Smith Funeral Home, Lake Worth, FL.


  • Visitation Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 12, 2018

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Connie Frazee

March 13, 2018

Having Joyce as a friend was a true blessing. We met about 30 years ago when four of us went to the Bahamas on my husband's boat to fish. One day the seas were very rough so Joyce and I walked the beach instead. As we walked and talked I knew I had met a very special woman. I always felt Joyce was the sister I never had. I cherish our times together.

Marian Miller

March 9, 2018

I join with many others who grieve over Joyce's illness and passing. Going to school with her was a blessing.

Lynne Mattioli

March 9, 2018

My love and prayers to all of you as you deal with the grieving process that comes with the loss of a loved one. Joyce was my friend. I loved her. Looking at the picture slide show and there I was. How honored I feel. (I am the one in the horse picture with the dark hair) That trip to the west coast with Joyce and Marie was awesome. The three of us took a trip up the intercoastal with Joyce's first boat. It was an adventure and is still one of my favorite memories. The last time I spoke with her she was full of hope and fight! Cancer did not win. Joyce got weary from her courageous fight and God's mercy and love said "Well done, come on home." Jack, I am hugging you from NC.



To Joyce Lexa Spengler, the entire world was a stage. An expressive, optimistic, and uninhibited individual, she was a performer in the theater of life. To everyone around her, she seemed to be eternally happy, and she willingly shared that joy with anyone whose life she touched. For Joyce, bringing out the best in any situation was as easy as offering a smile, a witty remark or the twinkle of an eye. And with just those simple gestures, she could evoke the most pleasant of emotions. Joyce really mastered the art of living and had great fun in doing so.

       Her parents were Garth and Eileen Kistler. Joyce was raised in western Illinois. Even as a child, Joyce had the ability to lift the spirits of all those around her. She was raised to be warm, caring and friendly. She couldn't help but capture everyone’s attention. She was definitely a little bit of a show off, but in doing so, she succeeded in entertaining her entire family.

      Always a good playmate, Joyce was easygoing and fun loving. She managed to lighten the mood wherever she was, even during family squabbles. She seemed to have a knack for bringing compromise and erasing tense situations around the house. Due to a generous dose of common sense, Joyce managed to find a satisfying solution to basic problems. Joyce was raised with one sibling, brother, Albert Hampton.

      Ask anyone who knew her from school and they would tell you that Joyce was a class “cut-up.” She didn't do it to be unkind or to garner all the attention. Rather, Joyce simply enjoyed others’ laughter and the sounds of her friends and acquaintances having a good time. It could be said that for Joyce, grades may not have been the most important thing to her, but she really did enjoy her school experience. Since experience was Joyce's best teacher. She enjoyed hands-on learning and applying the “practical” approach to knowledge, rather than getting caught up in “theory.” Joyce graduated from Sherrard High School in 1966. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. Her favorite classes in high school were Home Economics and Business Education. She was a member of D. A. R., the marching band, Honor Society and she was class Valedictorian.

      Joyce never actually encountered a stranger in her dealings with people. She was drawn to individuals and crowds, using her gregarious, adaptable and outgoing personality to captivate her audience. This quality allowed Joyce to continually develop new relationships, ever widening her circle of friends. Joyce delighted in her role among all her acquaintances, because she viewed them all as potential spectators for her performance. Whether it was a story, a joke, a song or just plain fooling around, Joyce was always right at home putting on a show among her friends. Joyce utilized her interest in others as a great way to connect with them. While growing up, some of her best friends were all of her school mates. Later in life, she became friends with everybody. Joyce loved sharing life and having her home filled with people she knew.

      The gift of being emotionally expressive and outwardly affectionate made Joyce very easy to approach. On February 26, 1967 Joyce exchanged wedding vows with John D. Spengler at First Presbyterian Church of Sherrard, Illinois. She tried hard not to impose on her spouse. She was always sensitive to other people’s feelings, and that was especially true in marriage.

      At work, as in life, Joyce was a real “people person.” She had a very successful way of dealing effectively with others, and her enthusiasm and energy was often contagious. Joyce liked to see herself as something of a virtuoso. When dealing with various projects and problems, Joyce was an adaptable realist, using her common sense and trusting her experiences and impulses to uncover the correct answer. Joyce's talent for being a down to earth thinker, allowed many around her to see Joyce as an excellent problem solver. Her primary occupation was bank Management. She was employed by Farmers State Bank, 1st State Bank, First Union Bank, Campbell Assoc Auditing, and Community Bank of Broward as Vice President, Comptroller and Compliance Officer.

      Joyce enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. An “arts and crafts” type, Joyce liked creating and making things. Her favorite pursuits were boating, hiking, camping and travel. Joyce was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Joyce felt excited and challenged by sports. Even if she wasn’t the best, Joyce loved to participate and thoroughly enjoyed the competition and the pleasure of being around other people. Joyce relished the opportunities where she could make an impact, and she would often push herself to play above her abilities. A quick thinker who understood the basics, Joyce never seemed to get caught off guard, even when confronted with unexpected conflict. Recreational sports included hiking and boating. Joyce was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were football, college and professional basketball.

      Joyce had an endless appetite for new and different activities. She was always ready to join in the fun and add her flair and energy to an organization. Because of her personality, her humor, and her ability to get along with everyone, Joyce's service was greatly valued by the organizations to which she belonged. In high school, Joyce was a member of the D. A. R. And Honor Society. Throughout her later years, Joyce was an active member of Zonta and Banking Organizations.

      Vested with a deep concern for spiritual development, Joyce recognized that her faith was important to her throughout her life. She was a member of Good Shepard Church for 25 years. During that time, she was their bookkeeper.

      Living life in the fast lane suited Joyce just fine. It is no surprise that she loved to travel and to visit new and different places. She was naturally curious about other parts of the world and loved the real life adventure that came from visiting them. She was impulsive and willing to try anything once. Favorite vacations included the American Western States, Florida, Canadian Rockies, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Italy and the Bahamas.

      Joyce was a lover of animals and cherished her pets, enjoying them almost as much as she enjoyed being around other people. One of Joyce's favorites was Ginger, an Italian Greyhound. They were best friends for 12 years. Her family was rounded out by her turtle, Myrtle.

      Joyce believed that you had to experience life, and her life in retirement was no different. When that day finally arrived in 2015, Joyce took it in stride as one more way to have fun. With her boundless energy and a desire to get the most out of life, Joyce remained busy with people and projects. In retirement, she found new pleasure in hiking, boating and travel. Even in retirement, Joyce continued to stay in touch with her old friends and, since she'd never met a stranger, she made plenty of new acquaintances as well.

      Joyce passed away on March 6, 2018 at Boynton Rehabilitation Center, Boynton Beach, FL., after a long time illness. She is survived by her brother Albert and stepfather Donald. Services were held at Community of Hope East, West Palm Beach, FL. Joyce was laid to rest in Buffalo Prairie Cemetery, Buffalo Prairie, Illinois.

      Joyce brought joy to all of those around her. She never had a mean bone in her body. She loved to have a good time and was an eternal optimist, always looking on the bright side of things. She loved to share her energy, wit, and her zest for all of her activities with her friends and family. Joyce Lexa Spengler lived life to its fullest and made everyone around her happier just for knowing her. She will be remembered with a smile.