Joyce Beukelman


(April 11, 2005)

Funeral services will be conducted at Union Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. today (Thursday) for Joyce Beukelman, 55, who passed on to her Lord and Savior Monday, April 11 in Powell.

The Rev. David Hunter will officiate at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

She was born in Lake City, Iowa, on Dec. 31, 1949, to Bert and Mary Ann Gerdes. After she graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, she married James Beukelman on Aug. 1, 1971, and they located in Denver. They moved to Powell in 1976 where they raised their two children, Lisa and Michael.

Her children were Joyce's joy in life. Through all their activities, she was there with constant encouragement and support. Joyce lovingly recorded their experiences and activities in extensive photo albums of family and friends.

At the Northwest College Day Care Center, she gave the same love and support to the children of many of the college students and staff.

As a warm, tender and loving mother, Joyce added to the beauty of this earth and showed this through her joy of tending her flowers at her home.

Survivors include her husband Jim of Powell; her daughter, Lisa (Beukelman) Chavez and her husband Lance of Boise, Idaho; her son, Michael Beukelman, also of Boise; her brother, Robert Gerdes and wife Susan of Blair, Nebr., and their son, Andrew, of Lincoln, Nebr.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bert and Mary Ann Gerdes.

For those who wish, the family would appreciate contributions to a fund at First National Bank in Powell for a living memorial to be enjoyed for years to come.