Joyce (Peterson) Wibstad was born in Two Harbors, MN, on November 5, 1934, to Sigurd and Ida (Aagenson) Peterson. She went to country school through the eighth grade and then moved to the Hopkins area to find work. Her first job was waitressing at Larry’s Café, which is where she met her future husband, Gordon. She was then hired at Fluff Duff (another restaurant) close by. Joyce also worked for the Viking Tool & Die Company as a punch press operator before being united in marriage to Gordon Wibstad. She and Gordon lived in Brandon, MN on the homestead, raising their four children. Joyce worked part-time at Crestview Manor in Evansville, MN for twenty-eight years as a nursing assistant.
Joyce loved to bake, having once contemplated opening her own bakery. Over the years she dabbled in crochet and embroidery. She learned to can produce and enjoyed making her own jams and jellies. Living on a farm supplied the land needed for these ventures! Joyce will be remembered for her love of family and friends, and her strong faith.
On Wednesday, November 3, 2021, Joyce died at the age of eighty-six years and went to be with Jesus. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordon. She is survived by her four children, Barbara Hunker (Donald), Beverly Truenow (David), Bonnie Fulghum (David), and Dale Wibstad (Karen); as well as eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren with one more on the way! She is also survived by Gordon’s sister, Norma Scherrer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 10 AM, Monday, November 8, 2021 at The Reach Church in Alexandria. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 PM Sunday at Anderson Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will follow in the East Moe Lutheran Cemetery near Garfield, MN. In lieu of flowers memorials are preferred to the Children’s Hospitals in Minneapolis or St. Paul, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Salvation Army. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory.