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August 20, 1929 – Thursday, April 27, 2017

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church, Buffalo, MN
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
11:00 AM

Visitation Information
The Peterson Chapel, Buffalo, MN
Monday, May 1, 2017
4:00 – 8:00 PM

Joyce A. Carlson, 87, of Buffalo passed away peacefully on April 27th, 2017 at Buffalo Hospital surrounded by family.

Joyce was born August 20th, 1929 to Robert and Esther (Ziedler) Rieck in Howard Lake, Minnesota. She was baptized as an infant and later confirmed at the St. James Lutheran Church.

Joyce attended rural school in Howard Lake through 8th grade and graduated from Howard Lake High School. On October 30th, 1949, Joyce A. Rieck and John M. Carlson were joined in holy marriage at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake and were happily married for 55 years.

John and Joyce were lifetime farmers and started in Stockholm Township. In 1957, they purchased land and established Double J Farms in Buffalo while also continuing to farm in Stockholm. John and Joyce managed the farms, beautiful gardens and traveled hand-in-hand. They would often times be found dancing, especially the polka and waltz. Their love and devotion was an inspiration to many.

Joyce was a social, kind, warm, witty, welcoming and fun loving woman whose top priority was family and friends. Some of her other passions included gardening, feeding birds, chauffeuring grandkids and attending their sporting events, travels with family, attending craft shows and FarmFest, lunch with friends, flea markets and watching Twins baseball games. She was always up to date on current events and loved attending family friends and neighborhood parties. Joyce was also an avid trapper, hunter and marksman with some of her prime targets being sparrows, starlings, rabbits and raccoons.

Joyce would capture attention with stories of the farm long ago and growing up in a small town. She helped many feel thankful for the luxuries we have in this modern life, and it was a joy to live vicariously through her childhood memories. She was always easy to talk to, generous in giving and selfless with her time.

Joyce is preceded in death by her loving husband John (Beezie) Carlson of Cokato, parents Robert and Esther Rieck, sons Dean and Dale Carlson, sister Arlys Gayner, brothers-in-law Dean Gayner and Evans Terning of Dassel.

Joyce is survived by her children and spouses: Reed (Gayle) Carlson of Cokato, Diane (Wayne) Weege of Baldwin City, Kansas, Dr. Gayle (Gordon) Dramen of Buffalo, and Amy (James) Rohlin of Buffalo; 16 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren (Trevor, Maria, Lauren, Tyler, Janelle, Alyssa, Emily, Weston, Nathan, Logan, Macie, Kylee, Bryce, Leo, Garrett, Ryker, Owen, Bo, Tatum, Derek, Grant, Maggie, Theo), sister Wanda Terning of Dassel, other nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Casket Bearers: Jeremy Carlson, Ryan Carlson, Coy Weege, Kevin Carlson, Kelly Weege, Dakota Bruns and Dylan Rohlin.
Honorary Casket Bearers were Leslie Schmit, Amanda Sylvester, Jamie Gilges, Randi Oman, Suzanne Weege, Tracie Weege, Danielle Dramen, Madison Dramen and Hayley Rohlin.

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sue Spike

    Our deepest sympathies for your loss. Joyce was such a Beautiful lady with such a kind heart. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Larry and Sue

  2. Alex McLean

    Our Prayers are with your family.

  3. Lynette Cordell

    Joyce was such a joy to visit with. She was so much fun and her stories were so much fun to listen to. My Mom, Lucille, loved seeing Joyce and spending time with her. Both of my parents loved seeing Joyce and Beezie. I am sorry I did not hear more of her stories. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

  4. Cindy Prange

    Joyce was a joy to visit with when I would see her at family get together. She had such a wide variety of interests but my favorites were stories of her younger days. My sincere condolences to her family.

  5. Ron and Nellie

    May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Our heartfelt condolences to her family.


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