Joyce Violet Bjerk
February 24, 1937 – January 1, 2021
Joyce Violet Bjerk, 83, of Edelstein, peacefully passed away, Friday, January 1, 2021 at Apostolic Christian Skylines Nursing Home. She was born February 24, 1937 in Warren, MN to Edmund and Evelyn (Westman) Andeen. Three weeks after birth, her mother died. Joyce looked forward to meeting with her in Heaven. As a result, Joyce was raised by grandparents, aunts & uncles. Her education progressed from a 1 room schoolhouse, to Minneapolis Minnehaha Academy HS, (while in high school, her Dad married a widower, Gladys, and Joyce became a step-sister to Marlyce, Ruth Ann, and Joseph), and lastly graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then worked at a Minneapolis hospital. Also after college, Joyce met engineering student, Roger Bjerk, whom she married 12/26/1960. Then they moved to Illinois for his career at Caterpillar, raised a family, and recently celebrated 60 precious years of marriage. Surviving are her husband, Roger of Edelstein, 5 wonderful children, Nathan (Pamela) Bjerk of Lacon, Sara (Brett) Johnson of Chenoa, Anita (Steven) Booker of Tremont, Ellen Bjerk of Peoria Heights and Carl Bjerk of Edelstein. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, step-sister Ruth Ann Johnson, and step-brother Joseph Lundberg. She was preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, step-sister Marlyce Walker and great-grandson Brennan. Joyce worked part-time at a hospital and nursing homes, but most importantly was wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed Bible study, singing, sewing, art, crafts, gardening, livestock and cooking for others. Joyce was receptive to adventure! Included were camping trips to: Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area, Isle Royale, Canada, Rocky Mountains, and Lake Michigan. She loved attending churches in the Peoria area including First Covenant, Baptist, and currently Grace Presbyterian. A private family visitation and funeral service will occur January 11, 2021 with burial to follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, IL. Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Skylines Nursing Home. Online condolences may be submitted to www.woolsey-wilton.com Joyce's family would like very much to thank the administrators and staff at Apostolic Christian Skylines Nursing Home for their tender care and attention to Joyce during her illness and decline with Alzheimer’s disease. We cannot express enough our appreciation for all the efforts in coordinating countless window visits, phone calls, reading mom her devotions, and providing the loving touch that we were largely unable to give her ourselves during most of the last 10 months due to Covid-19 nursing home restrictions. We are so grateful for the kindness, compassion, and quality of care that mom received while at ACS. Roger would also like the thank the staff of Heartland Health Care Center in Henry, IL who cared for Joyce during the first months of her transition from hospital into the nursing home environment late 2019. Many family visits were enjoyed, and special family accommodations were appreciated. Joyce was a beautiful person, both inside and out; she will be missed by so many fortunate friends and family whose lives she touched and made better by serving and giving just as Christ, her Lord and Savior, taught us to do.
Monday, January 11, 2021
Joyce Violet Bjerk
January 14, 2021
Dear Rodger, I'm sorry that you have lost your loving wife. Please accept my condolences. May you be healed and comforted. Love and best regards, bill passie
January 10, 2021
A friend for 50 + years. Always had my back! Our son was like another child of hers and Roger’s . Her children got PJ for Christmas Dan did too. Joyce and Dan had tea in fancy drinking glasses with beads attached to the outside . They both loved fancy table service. Yes! Joyce is in the kitchen with angels in heaven. I miss her here but will join her at a future day. Dan asks “When do I get to go to heaven?”
Joyce will welcome him as he runs full speed ahead for a hug on the day he arrives.
The best friend anyone could have !
Candy (Jacobson) Schlueter
January 6, 2021
My memories of Aunt Joyce are warm and loving! I remember back 50 years ago visiting their family in the summer. Aunt Joyce was a beautiful, tender spirit! A wonderful cook, beautiful seamstress and sweet woman of God! After I married my hubby in 1981, I had 2 daughters. Aunt Joyce sewed Sonia, and then Janelle, sweet little infant dresses; both of which have been saved in their individual childhood treasures box. I'm so glad she is now with Jesus and loved ones who have gone before her! Looking forward to being with you together in Heaven on His chosen day! God bless my Uncle Roger and cousins! Love, Candy
January 6, 2021
Roger and the whole family.
It is sadness we feel with losing such a wonderful person in one's life, but it is with Joy that celebrate another wonder soul returning to the Lord after a life well lived. I am saddened by your loss, but joyful that your wife, mother, grandmother is with the Lord.
January 5, 2021
I remember Joyce as a sweet lady, with a soft voice and always a big, genuine smile flooding her face.
She once told me her favorite place to be was in the kitchen. So, when she got to heaven, she immediately planned to ask for directions to the kitchen. When any of us get to heaven, we'll know where to find her!