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Joyce Pesch

January 27, 1944 — March 11, 2013

Joyce M. Pesch, 69, Elbow Lake, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, in Brooklyn Park. Family will greet friends at the Erickson-Smith Funeral Home in Elbow Lake on Saturday, March 16, from 1-3 pm, with a time for sharing and memories at 3 pm. Joyce was born January 27, 1944, in Slayton, Minnesota, to Cloyse and Vivian (Crabtree) Cowan. She graduated from high school in Fulda and worked for the Campbell Soup Company in Worthington. In the late 1960's, Joyce moved to Elbow Lake and began working at the West Central MN Communities Action Inc. where she become Director. In 1985, Joyce was appointed director for the Grant County Social Services Department. In 2008, Joyce became the administrator for the Region IV South Adult Mental Health Initiative until she retired. Joyce's work was her passion, but she also loved gardening, fishing, reading, sewing, her children and grandchildren, and looked forward to the annual vacation on Island Lake near Detroit Lakes, something the family did for over twenty years. She is survived by her children Jeffrey (Peggy) Pesch of Rockford, Sheri (Mark) Brown of Stillwater and Christopher (Michelle) Pesch of Eagan; three grandchildren, Michele, Brittany and Joshua Pesch; siblings Bill Cowan of Wilmont, Larry (Henri) Cowan of Storden, Sharon (Bud) Fritz of Reading and Joan Kontz of Pearce, AZ; and three sisters-in-law, Betty Cowan of Shakopee, Joan Cowan of Barstow, CA and Judy Cowan of Wilmont. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Linda Rose, who died in infancy, brothers Don, Norman and Gary "Pete" Cowan, and one brother-in-law, Rowdy Kontz.

Funeral Home: Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake 116 1st Street NE Elbow Lake, MN US 56531

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Visitation
Saturday, March 16, 2013
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake

116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

Service
Saturday, March 16, 2013
3:00 PM
Erickson-Smith Funeral Home - Elbow Lake

116 1st Street NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531

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