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Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home

7800 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN

OBITUARY

Joyce A. Sievert

August 16, 1942December 17, 2019
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Sievert, Joyce A.

Age 77, of New Hope, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 17th, 2019.

Joyce kept the family connected. A dedicated mother; proud grandma and great grandma. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and travel.

Preceded in death by her parents, George & Rose Martina; and 4 siblings.

Survived by loving husband of 60 years, Richard “Dick”; children, Donna Thomas & Brad (Rochelle); grandchildren, Matt Thomas, Jessica Thomas, Cori (Lance) Wallace, Shay Sievert, Sebastian Sievert & Jordan Hermes; great grandchildren, Lily, Chloe, Carter and Audry Wallace; and many nieces & nephews.

A service of remembrance will take place at 3pm on Sunday, December 29th at Kapala Glodek Malone Funeral Home (7800 Bass Lake Road, New Hope). Visitation one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Memorials preferred to the American Diabetes Association.

  • FAMILY

  • Preceded in death by her parents, George & Rose Martina; and 4 siblings.
    Survived by loving husband of 60 years, Richard “Dick”; children, Donna Thomas & Brad (Rochelle); grandchildren, Matt Thomas, Jessica Thomas, Cori (Lance) Wallace, Shay Sievert, Sebastian Sievert & Jordan Hermes; great grandchildren, Lily, Chloe, Carter and Audry Wallace; and many nieces & nephews
  • DONATIONS

  • American Diabetes Association

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, December 29, 2019
  • Service of Remembrance Sunday, December 29, 2019

Memories

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Judy Marcell

December 29, 2019

My heart aches because you are gone, you were my sister-in-law for several years and when that ended you still remained a cherished friend. I always enjoyed time spent with you and Dick when you came to Illinois for a visit and we would have our little adventures with Aunt Toni. I will miss you but I will always think about you with love and happiness. Your family can be very proud of you. It has been a privilege to have been a part of your life. Much LOVE, Judy

Shirley Rubel- Roesner

December 20, 2019

I will always remember her smile and great laughter as we sat around Aunt Toni's kitchen table, during one of our visits, sharing our stories.
Rest in peace cousin Joyce

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Enjoying the nice weather!

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Martina family.

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Easter 2019. Grandma loved her lily plants.

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Thanksgiving 2018

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Jessica’s graduation from University of St. Thomas

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Pontoon ride this past summer up north!

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Enjoying the nice weather!

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Martina family.

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Easter 2019. Grandma loved her lily plants.

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Thanksgiving 2018

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Jessica’s graduation from University of St. Thomas

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Pontoon ride this past summer up north!

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Long Lake cabin trip July 2019

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Biography

When Joyce A. Sievert walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Joyce was and how she impacted those around her. Joyce was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Joyce wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Joyce was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

       She was the daughter of George and Rose Martina. Joyce was raised in Chicago IL. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Joyce might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Joyce was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Joyce was raised with four siblings. She was the youngest of her four siblings Hank, Wally, George and Del. Joyce was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Joyce was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Joyce well in her adult life her outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      During her high school years, Joyce responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. Joyce was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Joyce absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Joyce, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Joyce a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. During high school Joyce met Richard "Dick" at a friends house party and they immediately became inseparable for the next 60 years.

      On April 30, 1960 Joyce married Richard "Dick" Clarence Sievert at Grace Evangelical Church of River Grove, IL. Joyce's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Richard's "Dicks" needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Joyce was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.

      Joyce was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Joyce, parenting and grandparenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, like homemade popsicles for bedtime snacks and Sunday dinner of incomparable homemade spaghetti and hamburger hot dish were enjoyed by all. Joyce's skill at understanding her children's, grandchildren and great grandchildren's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Joyce was blessed with two children: Donna and Brad. They were also blessed with six grandchildren, Matthew, Jessica, Cori, Shay, Sebastian and Jordan and four great grandchildren Lily, Carter, Chloe and Audry.

      Joyce was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. She was employed at Wagner SprayTech for many years after her children were older. Joyce was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Joyce had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Joyce's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Joyce loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite hobbies were gardening, sewing and travel and playing golf on her golf league. Joyce had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Joyce's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Joyce's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer, Joyce took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Favorite vacations included trips to France, Greece and Italy. She also enjoyed travelling to Chicago to see family throughout the years.

      When Joyce's retirement finally came in 1997, Joyce handled it the way she usually did. She adapted and, like everything in her life, made it satisfying. Because she was such a flexible person and able to adjust to any situation, retirement was just another enjoyable change of pace for Joyce to master. In retirement, she found new pleasure in being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Even in retirement, Joyce continued to stay in touch with her old friends and like always, made plenty of new ones.

      Joyce Sievert passed away on December 17, 2019 at North Memorial Hospital in New Hope, MN. Joyce managed her adult onset diabetes daily and died shortly after a stroke. She is survived by her husband Richard "Dick" and her children Donna and Brad and her grandchildren Cori, Shay, Sebastian, Jordan, Matthew and Jessica and great grandchildren Lily, Carter, Chloe and Audry.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Joyce. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Joyce Sievert for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Joyce was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.

Joyce's nieces and nephews shared their individual memories below and truly show our wife, mom and grandma's personality of being a lifelong supporter of all the members of her family. She was our rock and kept us together as a family.

Cindy Kasprezak

Here goes....
Dear Aunt Joyce,
WOW...not fair! But you earned every single feather you have on those gorgeous wings! I hope you are enjoying all of your moments visiting with all of our lost family. What a party!

You and I KNOW what we mean to each other. I know I don't have to tell you what an impact you have and how very..VERY important you have been in my life! You walked along side me through my whole life, watching and only stepping in when you thought I needed some guidance or reassurance. I appreciate you as much as you know because we have always said the words. No words left unsaid!! Thank-you!

You have been my mentor, my Aunt but mostly my friend. I love you for that!

God gave me the gift of you! I will never take that gift lightly. If there is a way to repay you for all that you have done for me or given me...by being patient, loving and kind, always there at a moments notice...never asking for anything in return. If I can be humble but stand up for what I know is right.

Debbie Schau-Kaczmarek

Heaven gained another Angel. You meant the world to me Aunt Joyce. Thanks for teaching me to read Dick and Jane books when everyone else had given up. Thanks for teaching me to work with fabric and to sew correctly. You took your time with me and never let me say I can't do it. I loved all the summers spent with you. You truly were one of a kind and I am so blessed to have had you in my life. Love you always. Give the family a hug from me and let them know I think of them all the time.

Kathy Tumblin

Fond memories of my dear cousin Joyce fill my head. The memories bring a smile but cannot erase the deep loss I feel and will never replace the void in my heart left by her passing. We may have lived many miles apart, but we remained close in heart and spirit.

Joyce was a great source of joy and strength in my family’s life. She was always there for mom when she needed her. Emotionally and physically. Without hesitation. Mom was Joyce’s Godmother and those two had an undeniable, unbreakable bond. They truly were kindred spirits. Mom always looked forward to their time together as those visits always brought such joy. Much laughter. And adventure. I remember how devastated Joyce was when I had to tell her my mom passed. Now they are reunited and I feel sure that mom’s spirit was there to lead her to her eternal home.

Personally, I will be forever grateful to her for being that strength for me during some tough times in my own life. Especially during my mom’s lengthy illness and in the years after her passing. She talked me off the proverbial ledge many times when I was inconsolable. I already miss our biweekly phone conversations that were spent walking down memory lane a lot. Recalling both happy and sad times. And sharing our love and pride for our families. I felt like I could tell her anything and could trust her with my deepest parts of my soul. Never judgmental. Always nurturing and encouraging. Joyce loved deeply and I feel blessed to have felt that love.

As I look around my home, I see her in so many places. The paintings, the Christmas pillows, the Santa Clauses and Christmas trees, my beautiful tree skirt. The warm fuzzy throws for my grandchildren and the special Clemson one for John. My grandchildren were blessed to wear baptismal gowns created especially for them. Each item carefully and expertly crafted with love.

Joyce, thank you for being you. I love you. May you now find peace and comfort resting in the loving arms of God.

Laura Martina

I have many great memories of Aunt Joyce. Spending the summer in Minneapolis and Aunt Joyce teaching me to paint flowers on a jewelry box (which I have on my dresser). Eating 10 cheese filled hot dogs and having to make a grocery run to get more. When I moved to my current home she showed me how to make valences for my kitchen. After learning how to make the valences every room I made the same pattern throughout the house. We laughed that all the valences looked the same. She always had time for family. She was there for my mom when my dad (her brother) passed away and when my mom was diagnosed with cancer. She was such a loving person with a big heart! I will miss her laugh and love for life. I’m sure you are laughing and sharing stories with all the family in heaven.

David Martina

Every morning I get up, I look in the mirror and there’s my dad, Henry, staring me back in the face, and if I stop and listen . . . if I quit letting the noise get in the way of the message, I can hear him and feel him. There is a real warmth and strength that comes over me, and I know he is right there with me.

Now, Joyce has gone to be with those who went before, but if you listen with your heart, she is also right here with us. Her fetching smile and hearty laugh is right there at your side. Her warm and loving arms can still wrap around you, if you will just let yourself feel them.

I believe Rose and Joseph have prepared a place for their youngest daughter, next to her brothers Wally, Hank and George and her sister Delores. I believe that all of the joy they each brought into this world is coming back to them in warmth and peace in their Creator’s presence, and I believe that each of them is watching over us all. They protect us from ourselves when they can. They give us guidance, even though we don’t listen to them any better now than we did when we were kids. Mostly, though, I believe they love us more now than ever, and they feel our love for them, now more than ever.

When the pain and grief start to fade, and they will eventually. Start listening and feeling. Talk to her. Tell her you love her and then listen for her to tell you she loves you back, and she will. Aunt Joyce was a loving, generous and caring lady and all of the positive energy she brought into this world is still here. It’s up to each of us to keep it alive.