JOYCE E. ZIEMKE, age 96 of Waseca died on Monday, May 22, 2023 at her home.
Born on April 29, 1927 in Cordova, Minnesota, she was the daughter of Edgar and Alice (Bosacker) Heilman. She grew up in the Cleveland and St. Peter area and attended Cleveland Schools. Joyce married Donald Ziemke on April 11, 1950 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in St. Peter. Over the years Joyce babysat, candled eggs and worked at a laundromat but her primary job was raising her family. She had a beautiful voice and sang for many weddings and funerals, sometimes with her sister Marion.
Joyce enjoyed quilting, following the MN Twins, watching game shows and Mollie B’s Polka Party. She was a member of North Waseca Lutheran Church where she directed the youth choir and was active with the WELCA and had served on the state board of the ELCA. She was known for her potato salad that was often served at church functions.
She is survived by her children, Terry (Julie) Ziemke of Waseca, Linda Ziemke of Waseca, Dean (Bev Attenberger) Ziemke of Mankato, Lu Anderson of Waseca, Tim (Bev) Ziemke of Owatonna, Todd (Jaylene) Ziemke of New Hampshire, and Gregg Ziemke of Waseca; 20 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Scott; son-in-law, Larry Anderson; and six siblings.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 from 4-7 PM at the Third Street Chapel of Dennis-Steffel-Omtvedt Funeral and Cremation Service and continue on Thursday, one hour before services at the church.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 25, 2023 at 11:00 AM at North Waseca Lutheran Church. Burial will follow at North Waseca Lutheran Cemetery.