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of Elk River, MN

June 12, 1943 – September 24, 2023


Friday, September 29, 2023

one hour prior to the service

The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael, MN

Memorial Service

Friday, September 29, 2023

11:00 a.m.

The Peterson Chapel – St. Michael, MN


Joyce Marie Elrite, age 80, of Elk River, Minnesota, passed away on September 24, 2023, in Anoka, Minnesota. She was born on June 12, 1943, in Roseville Township, Herman, Minnesota, the daughter of Fritz and Alice (Kloos) Anderson.

She began her journey in Hoffman High School, graduating in 1961, and it was during this time that she met the love of her life, Kenneth Elrite. On February 2, 1963, Joyce and Kenneth exchanged vows in a beautiful ceremony in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

Joyce’s life was dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others, and she served as a special education paraprofessional for the Osseo school district. Her compassionate and nurturing spirit touched the hearts of countless students and colleagues.

Joyce had a green thumb and a deep love for gardening. Her flower gardens were a sight to behold, bursting with vibrant colors and fragrant blooms. Her vegetable gardens provided her family with bountiful harvests, and she took great pride in the fruits of her labor.

Joyce’s warmth and hospitality were second to none. She had a remarkable gift for making everyone feel welcome and cherished. Her culinary skills shone, particularly during the holidays, with Thanksgiving being a favorite occasion for her to showcase her talent in the kitchen. Among her culinary specialties, Joyce was renowned for her choke cherry jam and delectable banana bread, which were enjoyed by all lucky enough to taste them.

While Joyce had a deep love for her entire family, she treasured the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren above all else. She embraced every moment with them, creating cherished memories that will live on in the hearts of her loved ones.

Joyce is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Kenneth Elrite; daughters, Denise (John) Paul and Gina (Jeff) Lenz; grandchildren, Christopher (Taylor) Paul, Ashleigh (Nico) Garcia, Haileigh & Lindsey Lenz; great grandchildren, Aubri, Ellie & Vanessa Garcia, Bennett Paul, Sullivan Garcia and Addison Paul; siblings, Dennis (Janice) Anderson, Belinda Schiferl, Ted (Marse) Anderson, Marilyn (Dean) Olhoft and Janet Nelson, also many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Alyssa Paul; brothers, Milton (Gloria) Anderson and David (Linda) Anderson; brother-in-law, Dennis Schiferl; niece, Julie Murphy.

Memorial service for Joyce will be held Friday, September 29, 2023, at 11:00 with visitation one hour prior to the service all at The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, Minnesota.

Luncheon to follow the service at the chapel.

Arrangements were entrusted to The Peterson Chapel in St. Michael, MN

5 Guestbook Entries

  1. Gina Sellers

    Gina, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She sounds like a wonderful woman, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Beth Honeycutt

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God comfort all of you.

  3. Jeff and Elisha

    We are so sorry to here the news about Joyce. We have been lucky to be neighbors with Ken and Joyce for years and she will truly be missed by our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Ken and your family.

  4. Cindy Peppe

    I’m so sorry for this loss. Joyce leaves behind her legacy in her 2 wonderful daughters who I have had the honor to know for many years. You all are in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  5. Jennie Prewett

    Gina, as I read this obituary, I thought the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    Hold tight to your memories. They are a comfort now and will be a treasure in the future.


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