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Joyce Sparks, 91

Jul 16, 2017

Joyce Sparks

Springfield Joyce Sparks, age 91, of Springfield, formerly of Blue Earth, died Sunday, July 9, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield.

Service was held at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd at St. John Lutheran Home in Springfield on Thursday, July 13, 2017. The clergy was Chaplain Noel Wetter. Interment was at the Riverside Cemetery in Blue Earth.

She was born April 24, 1926, in Herrin, Illinois to Kenneth and Genevieve (Nesler) Rose. Her family moved to Blue Earth, when she was eight years old. Joyce grew up in Blue Earth and graduated from Blue Earth High School. She continued her education at Brown Institute of the Air in Minneapolis. Joyce then worked at a radio station in Mankato where she had a program called Midday-Merry-go-round. Joyce married Keith Sparks on July 21, 1946. After their marriage she worked in the family dry cleaning business with her father and husband. Joyce and Keith raised three children. When KBEW Radio came to Blue Earth, Joyce worked there writing and reading advertising on air. She read stories at Christmas time and occasionally sang songs. Joyce was active in the First Methodist Church in Blue Earth where she directed the choir, taught Sunday School, organized Easter breakfasts and Christmas programs. She sang at weddings and funerals too. Joyce enjoyed having coffee with friends, playing cards, going to the casino and baking great sweet treats.

She is survived by her son, Nolly Sparks of Coral Springs, Florida; daughters, Linda (Dan) Skarp of Springfield, and Lou Ann (Mike) Langan of Mantorville; grandchildren- Chris (Lee) Behrens of Burnsville, Emily Skarp-Wait, Megan (Brodie) Scheitel of Springfield, Nick Langan of Mantorville, Ben Langan of Kasson, and Andrew Sparks of Coral Springs, Florida; and great-grandchildren, Elora and Daniel Wait, Emily, Henry, Jack and Oscar Scheitel; and Genevieve and Alexander Behrens. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Keith in 1984; and many aunts and uncles.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.

On line condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.