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Joyce Passenheim

Joyce Passenheim, age 85, of Huron, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at her residence.  Her memorial service was at 11 AM  Monday, May 9th,  at the American Lutheran Church with the Rev. Steven Brandsrud officiating.  Burial was in Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery.

 Joyce LaRayne Serflaten was born June 12, 1925, in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Harry Orville and Selma (Nelson) Serflaten.  She grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from Patrick Henry High School.  Joyce enjoyed playing the piano and taught piano lessons while living in Minneapolis.  After high school, she attended Minnesota School of Business for one year, and then attended the University of Minnesota for one year.  She moved to Chicago during World War II and worked as a secretary to the manager of a defense plant. 

On August 24, 1946, Joyce was married to Ernst Passenheim in Minneapolis.  After moving to Huron, they owned and operated Elna Sewing Center for many years.  She recently celebrated 51 years as a Merle Norman Studio Owner. 

Joyce was a member of United Commercial Travelers, and the American Lutheran Church.  She was a former member of Business and Professional Women and had served as state president of that organization. 

She was a very talented seamstress and enjoyed sewing, knitting, doing puzzles, and playing the piano.  She was an avid Minnesota Twins fan.  Joyce knitted countless prayer shawls as her ministry for the American Lutheran Church. 

She is survived by her children, Stephen (Jolene) Passenheim, of Alpena, Susan (Bob) Cameron, of Huron, Frederick Passenheim, of Huron, and Shirley (Tim) Carlson, of Superior, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Frederick, Brian (Jessica), and Kenny Passenheim; and three great-granddaughters, Maleah and Alaina Passenheim and Marley Passenheim.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her former husband, Ernie, in 1996; and her sister, Ruth Elaine Serflaten.

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