Joyce E. Van Keuren

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, March 17, 1926
Date of Passing: 
Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Joyce E. Van Keuren, 96, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 in Wooster, Ohio.  She was born in March 1926 in Redville, Taylor County, Wisconsin to Wilbur and Velma (Looker) Stewart. After high school, she first attended the University of Minnesota and then became a Registered Nurse (RN) after completing her training at Luther Hospital (now Mayo Clinic Health System), Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She subsequently married Robert W. Van Keuren in nearby Greenwood, Wisconsin in August 1949. They were happily married for over 60 years.  He died in July 2011.

Joyce’s nursing career included working within a medical specialist office in Madison, Wisconsin, serving as a private duty nurse at Prosser Memorial Hospital, Prosser, Washington, and then as a private duty nurse at Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, Ohio. She then switched to working with elderly and joined the nursing staff at West View Manor in Wooster, Ohio. She served there as its Director of Nursing for many years.  Joyce subsequently joined the American Red Cross’ Northeast Ohio chapter and served on mobile blood drives throughout much of Northern Ohio. After her retirement, she volunteered at the Viola Startzman Clinic, Wooster, Ohio. She was active in the United Methodist Church of Wooster, the League of Woman Voters, Planned Parenthood, and Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County. In addition to her nursing career, she enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening and bike riding. She and her husband travelled extensively including numerous bike, bus and river tours throughout Europe.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Humke, of Rochester, Minnesota; a brother Kenton Stewart and wife Ardis of Buffalo, New York; a sister-in-law, Doris Muench and husband Louis of Cumberland, Wisconsin; a daughter Patrice Wojcik and husband Zenon of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; a son Jeffrey and wife Donna of Norfolk, Virginia; and a son James and wife Traci of Lakeville, Ohio; ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

The family has no plans for a local service at this time.  She will be buried next to her husband and other family members in Greenwood, Wisconsin later this year. 

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Viola Startzman Clinic in Wooster (https://www.startzmanclinic.org) or Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County (https://www.waynecountytrails.org).

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

 

Memorial Contributions: 

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Viola Startzman Clinic in Wooster (https://www.startzmanclinic.org) or Rails-to-Trails of Wayne County (https://www.waynecountytrails.org).

Service: 

The family has no plans for a local service at this time.  She will be buried next to her husband and other family members in Greenwood, Wisconsin later this year. 

Condolences

My condolences to Mrs Van Keurens children and family. May you know Gods comfort and peace at this difficult time.

Sincere sympathy to the entire Van Keuren Family.

Sincere sympathy to the entire Van Keuren Family.

Sincere sympathy to the entire Van Keuren Family.

Dear Pat, Jeff, Jim and the Van Keuren family. We were saddened to hear of Joyce's passing. You all were the best neighbors growing up on Sunrise View Dr. We have many fond memories. Then later in years, we moved to Christmas Run and we became neighbors again. I often would meet Joyce while she was walking Mocha and we would catch up on all the happenings of the families. Sending prayers of comfort and peace.

After50+ years, a real loss in my heart and condolences to the family. Our husbands worked together, and then we took over as friends. My love to the family. May she RIP!

Prayers to your family on the passing of Joyce. Joyce was a good friend of my mother, Violet N. Findley, who just recently passed away and I got to know her through my mother. She was a special person and know she will be missed.

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