Kieffer, Joy Marie


Joy Marie Kieffer, 68, of Utica, Minn., died Saturday, December 25, 2004, at her home.

Joy was born October 5, 1936, in Quincy Township of Olmsted County to Gustav and Clara (Schuchard) Ihrke. She graduated from St. Charles High School in 1954, and married Allen Kieffer on May 25, 1955, in Lewiston.

The couple farmed in rural Utica until moving into Utica in 1962. Joy was a homemaker. She also provided in-home day care for the last 25 years, retiring earlier this year due to illness.

Survivors include her husband, Allen "Toby"; three sons, Robert (Mary) of Appleton, Minn., Kyle (Pat) of St. Charles, Minn., and Tod (Alanna) of Utica; a daughter, Amy (Julio) Salazar, of Apple Valley, Minn., six grandchildren, Nicole, Ashley, Jamie, Matthew, Travis and Amanda; six brothers, George (Marge) Ihrke of Dover, Delmer (Mary Jane) Ihrke of St. Charles, Robert (Ruby) Ihrke of St. Charles, Gene (Fern) Ihrke of Altura, Arley (Mary) of Houston and Gustav (Marilyn) Ihrke of St. Charles; three sisters, Leola Hinckley of Utica, Shirley (William) Loppnow of St. Charles, and Lorry (Irvin) Hohmann of Dover.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, Beryl, Ellsworth, Melvin and Vernon, and a sister, Elaine Sanders.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, December 30, at Faith Lutheran Church in St. Charles with the Reverend Gerald Melby officiating. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery at St. Charles. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Hoff Funeral Home's - St. Charles Chapel. They may also call one hour before services at the church on Thursday.

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Hoff Funeral Home.

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