Joyce Lee Werbelow

(March 26, 1937 - Nov. 8, 2019)


On Nov. 8, 2019, mom left this earthly life to be with our lord and savior Jesus Christ in heaven.

Joyce was born March 26, 1937, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She grew up in Powell, graduated Powell High School, and attended Northwest Community College. During her high school years she played clarinet in the high school band.

In 1958, Joyce married George Werbelow, and they started a 59-year marriage, until George passed away in 2017. During this time, she had five children and they brought her eight grandchildren.

Joyce was a loving homemaker. She always had three meals per day ready for her family, plenty of Band-Aids to fix the cuts and scrapes, and dad’s belt to help settle the fights that occasionally broke out among the siblings. Most of all she had plenty of hugs and a gentle kiss to make you feel like you were the most special person God had ever created.

Joyce was the bookkeeper for the farm as it grew from a few hundred acres to over 3,000 acres. She passed this duty over to son Todd in 1996.

Joyce enjoyed bowling and was in the women’s league and the mixed league. When her kids played sports in high school, she was their number one fan, rarely missing a game no matter where it was played. When the grandkids became active in sports, she did her best to attend as many events as she could.

Joyce enjoyed sewing, knitting and cooking and was at one time or another a 4-H leader for one or all. She was active in Ladies Aid (LWML) at her church. Joyce also enjoyed reading and Sudoku puzzles.

Joyce was preceded in death by her mom Iva Cleo Killam, stepfather Frank Killam and husband George.

She is survived by her children, Connie, Todd (Connie), Victor (Julie), Brenda (James) and Jeff (Connie); grandchildren Valerie (Jason), Martin, Taylor (Jacob), Mason, Matthew, Austin, Noah, and Jenna; and step-grandchildren Ben (Lindsey) and Kelsie.

Services were held Monday, Nov.11, 2019, at Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem. Think of Joyce when you make a donation to your favorite charity or church. Arrangements are in the care of Atwood Family Funeral Home.