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Joyce Simenson 03/16/2015

JOYCE ELAINE SIMENSON December 21, 1928-March 16, 2015

Joyce Simenson, 86, of River Falls, Wisconsin passed away on March 16th, 2015.  Joyce was born Joyce Elaine Quincer on December 21, 1928 in Freeport, Illinois and was a lifelong resident.  She was the only child of Lucille Shade LaFurge and Donald Quincer in Freeport. Joyce was a lifelong resident of Freeport, Illinois. She and her husband, Roderick Earl Simenson, lived at 102 E. Fuller Street in Freeport, for 50 years. In 2012, they both relocated to River Falls, Wisconsin, to be closer to family. Joyce attended Freeport High School and graduated in 1946. After graduation, she worked at the State Bank in Freeport. Joyce married Roderick Earl Simenson of Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1950 in Freeport. While Rod was in the Marine Corps, they lived at various U.S. Marines bases around the U.S., in Bern, North Carolina and Florida. Joyce and Rod have two sons, Scott Eric Simenson and Marc Steven Simenson.  She was an active member of the Freeport Garden Club.  She had a love for flowers, gardening, and floral arrangements that she learned from working with her dad with his floral shop business in Freeport. In addition to cultivating her own garden and flower arranging, she chaired the committees for decorating the museums for the holidays.  She and Rod were active members of the 1st Lutheran Church in Freeport and participated in many of the church events and activities. Joyce enjoyed hobbies, crafting and playing bridge.  She ran her own crafts business, making creations for co-op shops in Freeport. She enjoyed going to Canyon Camp near Stockton, Illinois, where her husband and two sons were active in the Boy Scout community. Joyce was also a Canyon Camp volunteer. Joyce loved to preparing good food and entertaining at her home in Freeport. Her home was a gathering place for family and friends. Joyce always appreciated a good story. She had a deep love for her children and grandchildren. She loved traveling to Alaska and Wisconsin to spend time with her children and grandchildren. Joyce will be dearly missed. Joyce is survived by her husband, Rod Simenson of River Falls, Scott Simenson (Linda) of River Falls, WI; Marc Simenson (Lois) of Eagle River, Alaska; grandchildren Kaitlin Simenson of Anchorage, Alaska, Rebecca Simenson of Eagle River, Lauren Simenson and Erik Simenson of River Falls. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Lucille LaFurge and Donald Quincer. A private memorial service was held.  Arrangements are by Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.

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