A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, February 12, 2018 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Whittemore. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 PM on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Whittemore.
Joyce Arlene (Rode) Wagner was born October 21, 1938 in Davenport, the daughter of Alfred and Eleanore (Kahler) Rode; but sadly on the same day Joyce was born, her mother went to Heaven. She grew up in Davenport living with her Aunt Clara while her father, Alfred was serving his country in WWII. Upon returning from the service, Alfred married Helen Howington in 1947. Joyce graduated from Davenport High School in 1956.
Following high school she moved to Algona and worked as a Telephone Operator for Northwestern Bell. While working as a telephone operator, Joyce met the love of her life. On April 21, 1958, Joyce was united in marriage to Wayne A. "Teddy" Wagner at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Whittemore. To this union three children were born.
Joyce continued to work as an Avon Representative, a bookkeeper for the Fullerton Lumber Company of Whittemore and as a scale operator at the Hobarton Elevator. She also worked at the travel agency in Whittemore before opening her own travel agency location in Emmetsburg called Worldwide Travel. She eventually ended up at the travel agency in Algona prior to retiring in 2005.
Joyce's many loves included, golfing, bowling, attending bible study, gardening and flowers, coffee time and shopping with girlfriends, crocheting, reading, puzzles and the Minnesota Vikings. Her greatest love, however, was the love she had for her family, especially her grandchildren. Spoiling them was one of her favorite things to do.
Joyce and Teddy enjoyed their time spent together as a couple and were rarely seen apart. They enjoyed weekend travels and delivering cars for Elbert Chevrolet.
Joyce entered the Good Samaritan Center of Algona in March, 2015 and died Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at Kossuth Regional Heath Center, Algona. She was 79.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Teddy; children, Arnold "Arnie" Wagner of Whittemore, Robin (Kent) Rode of Titonka, Cory Wagner of East Bethel, MN; grandchildren, Heidi (Chad) Lane of Kearney, MO, Devin (Stephanie) Rode of Adel, IA, Eric Stier of Coon Rapids, MN, Vanessa Stier of Ardon Hills, MN, Madison Wagner of Bemidji, MN; and brother, William (Diana) Rode of Spring Hill, KS.
Preceding her in death are her parents and step-mother.
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