Joyce will be remembered by many in the communities where she lived as an avid participant in life; a lover and maker of fine music, fine food, and engaging conversation. Throughout her 95 years, she remained connected to her ancestors, family, friends, country and world.
Joyce was born Aug. 27, 1917. She enjoyed her youth in Yankton, S.D., where she lived with her parents, Anna Caroline and Christopher Steinbach and brothers Gerhardt and Christopher.
She began playing piano at the age of 9 and won the South Dakota state piano competition as a junior in high school. She went on to study piano and organ at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she met her future husband, Clarence Hagen. She became a long-time supporter of her alma mater, later serving on their Board of Regents.
She taught music and English in Jasper, Minn., Armour, S.D., and Wessington Springs, S.D.
Joyce and Clarence married in 1941 and shared innumerable adventures over the next 71 years, residing in Yankton, Chicago, Le Mars, Iowa, and Appleton, Wis.
During their first years of marriage, Joyce lived in Yankton while Clarence served in the Navy during World War II. It was here that she and other young wives started the "Dumbos," a bridge club that would include their husbands after their return from the war and endured for many years.
She and Clarence lived in Le Mars for 47 years, reared four children, shared their home with her mother, hosted many international visitors, and always welcomed friends and grandchildren into their lives.
Joyce will be remembered in Le Mars for her 25 years of giving her musical talents to St. John's Lutheran Church as organist, choir director and for her active participation in community events and organizations such as PEO, TTT, and Iowa Arts Council.
Joyce and "Hack" moved to Appleton in 1998 where Joyce continued to nurture her love for music, friends and family. She often attended concerts, easily added new friends, and continued her devotion to her family.
Throughout her lifetime, Joyce was an enthusiastic sports fan, an informed and opinionated political observer, a devoted chronicler of family history, and an ardent supporter of every family member.
She is survived by her husband Clarence; her brother Christopher (Judy) Steinbach; her children: Christopher (Carol) Hagen, Louise (Janet Alexander) Hagen, Jean E. Hagen Jonas and Jonathan (Joy) Hagen; her grandchildren: Philip Hagen, Jennifer Eickelmann, John Hagen, Lisa Ahern, Jennifer Fink, Rebecca Nore, Adam Jonas, Laura Jonas, Joseph Jonas, Kate Hagen, Ted Hagen, Eric Hagen, Daniel Hagen and great-grandchildren: Jordan, Bailey, Garrett, Emma, Ashley, Austin, Aaron, Alexis, Christopher, Janaan, Madison, Jackson, Olivia, and Alena.
A memorial service was held at 11 am, Monday, Jan. 21, at First English Lutheran Church (downtown site), 326 E. North St., Appleton, Wis., with the Rev. Jeff Tengesdal officiating. Visitation preceded the service at 10 a.m. Monday.
The Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel, of Appleton, Wis., was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be donated to First English Lutheran Church music ministry or the National Federation for the Blind.