Joyce Wendorff, age 84, of Marshall, Minnesota, died on Friday, November 12, 2021, at her residence in Marshall. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Marshall. Following a luncheon, interment will be in the Bethel Community Cemetery in Garvin, Minnesota. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at the Hamilton Funeral Home. The evening will conclude with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Thursday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m., also at Hamilton Funeral Home.
Joyce Ann Ricketts was born on July 8, 1937, in Worthington, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Gerald and Doris (Rogers) Ricketts. Joyce was baptized and confirmed in the Christian Faith during her youth. She attended Lake Wilson schools and graduated in 1955. On June 22, 1957, Joyce was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Wendorff at the Lutheran Church in Garvin. The couple moved to Pensacola, Florida for a few years while Bob was stationed there. In 1959, the couple moved back to the Marshall area, where they have resided ever since and raised their two sons, Rob and Brad. Joyce worked a variety of jobs, including Northwest Bell Phone company and Kelco. In 1981 she started working at Schwan’s, working her way up to being a line lead. She retired from Schwan’s in 2001. Family and friends were the most important part of Joyce’s life; she loved her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren. She loved to watch them succeed and especially loved watching her 5 grandchildren’s sporting events. Joyce loved the outdoors and found many things to occupy her time while being outside, including, fishing, camping, and four-wheeling. Joyce also enjoyed dancing, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.
Joyce died on Friday, November 12, 2021, at her residence in Marshall. She reached the age of 84 years, 4 months, and 4 days. Blessed be her memory.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert Wendorff of Marshall; her 2 sons, Rob Wendorff (and Ceceila Pohlen) of Marshall, Brad (and Donna) Wendorff of Marshall; 5 grandchildren, Cassie (and John) Lewis of Dallas, TX, Matt (and Jamie) Wendorff of Marshall, Abigail Wendorff of Marshall, Randi Wendorff of Marshall, Ethan Wendorff of Marshall; 3 great-grandchildren, Hensley Lewis, Mason Wendorff, Mallory Wendorff; 2 siblings, Charlotte (and Jim) Larson of Slayton, Chuck (and Myra) Ricketts of Wabasso; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, Gerald and Doris Ricketts, and a sister, Bernice Harman.