Joyce M. Diemer

          Joyce, daughter of Matthew and Mabel (Handley) Leyh, was born April 14, 1937, in Sumner Township of rural Bremer County, Iowa. She was baptized at the Union EUB Church where she attended while growing up on the family farm in rural Sumner, Iowa. She graduated from Sumner High School in 1956, and later attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa where she majored in elementary education.

          She was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church in Sumner in 1957, prior to being united in marriage there with Kenneth Carl Diemer on June 2, 1957. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Max Diemer. Joyce and Kenneth settled on what would become the Diemer Family Farm located ten miles north and east of Sumner. The couple was blessed with four sons, Curt, Jim, Dale, and Jack. After those four attempts with no daughter to bring home, they adopted Dana, from Seoul, South Korea in November of 1970. Joyce continued to flourish in her faith and became active in the congregation at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Richfield in rural Sumner.

          After heart valve surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, Joyce’s recovery was arduous and very difficult at times. She spent her last days under the care and supervision of the staff of Community Memorial Hospital in Sumner. Her death occurred there on Sunday evening, November 28, 2010, with family at her side. She was 73 years old and among her many pleasures, she enjoyed nurturing her family and her flower gardens.

          In addition to her husband, Ken of rural Sumner, she is survived by four sons, Curt (Cindy) of Auburn, Illinois, Jim (Christy) and Dale (Cindy) of Sumner, and Jack of Colorado, Springs, Colorado; one daughter, Dana of Chanhassen, Minnesota; eleven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Leyh and Larry (LaVonne) Leyh, both of Sumner; three sisters, Yvonne (Wayne) Lienau of Sumner, Gwendolyn (Dennis) Hart of Clarksville, and Carole (Jack) Huntley of Independence; and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

          Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew in 1988, and Mabel in 2003.

          FuneralServices will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 3, 2010, at St. Peter Lutheran Church-Richfield in rural Sumner with Rev. Harold Peterson officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 2, 2010, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Sumner and for one hour preceding services at the church on Friday. Interment will be at Richfield Cemetery in rural Sumner. The family suggests that memorials may be made in Joyce’s name to Community Memorial Hospital Building Fund in Sumner.


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Ricky Schlatter on December 2, 2010 at 6:02 PM said:

Ken Curt, Jim Dale Jack & Dana, Having grown up across the road, I have a lot of fond memories of Joyce, she always had a smile on her face and a kind word. She will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this hard time.
Beth McKee on December 2, 2010 at 9:17 AM said:

Dear Uncle Ken, Curt, Jim, Dale, Jack and Dana.

I'm sorry I can't be there on Friday. I will always remember Aunt Joyce as a cheerful, welcoming person. Wish I could be there to hug you all. Holding you in the light, Beth.
Maureen Flanagan on December 1, 2010 at 6:55 PM said:

The Diemer Family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Take comfort in your wonderful family, friends, and faith.
Mike Roxanne Miller @ family on December 1, 2010 at 2:54 PM said:

Jack @ rest of the Diemer family please accept our DEEPEST SYMPATHY
Nancy Pleggenkuhle on December 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM said:

Please accept my deepest sympathies during this difficult time. I always enjoyed talking with Joyce when I was home. She always had a bright smile on her face. I have many fond memories of time spent with Joyce and Kenny during Luther League events. Joyce, you will be deeply missed.
Angie Jozefowicz on December 1, 2010 at 8:20 AM said:

I have many wonderful memories of Joyce from growing up in the St. Peter's congregation - through church functions, Luther League and 4-H. She was an exceptional cook and always had a smile on her face. Please accept our deepest sympathy. We will keep you in our prayers.

Mike, Angie, Ashley and Marques Jozefowicz
Tammy Wagner and John Lenzmeier on December 1, 2010 at 4:57 AM said:

Our deapest sympathy to the family and friends of Joyce. May you all remember and cherish the memories that you all have with her.
Dan Haskenhoff on November 30, 2010 at 6:44 PM said:

I wish I could be there to give a hug or a hand shake but instead I get to leave this little message of my sincere sympathy. I will be thinking of all of you in my prayers for days to come. Dale and Cindy I will be by to visit when I'm Home..
Jane Milnes on November 30, 2010 at 4:44 PM said:

My sincere sympathy to the Diemer and Leyh families...
May the love of family and friends comfort you....
Margo and Roger Pleggenkuhle on November 30, 2010 at 4:34 PM said:

We are so very sorry...I always enjoyed visiting with Joyce. She was a very nice person. Our Sympathy to her family.
Cindy Lantow on November 30, 2010 at 2:58 PM said:

To the Diemer Family ... know you are in my thoughts & prayers ... sorry for your loss.
Dave & Sandy Schulz on November 30, 2010 at 11:20 AM said:

We remember joyous days of working with Joyce at Richfield Church rural Sumner, IA. We moved away 12 years ago but will carry these memories forever. Our prayers & sympaaty are with all your family & remember Joyce will be in your hearts forever.
Melissa Gesing on November 30, 2010 at 11:05 AM said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Gretchen (Gitch) Warkentin on November 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM said:

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My sympathies to all.
Sally Duhrkopf on November 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM said:

Joyce's Family - I was startled to read about Joyce's death in the Courier -- my heartfelt sympathy to you. I have wonderful memories of our families getting together for different events, not least of which was the wonderful turkey dinners hosted by Matt and Mabel -- Joyce and I were close in age and classes at Sumner High School. Again - my sincere sympathy. Sally Duhrkopf

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