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Joyce Kovar

October 25, 1944 ~ November 9, 2021 (age 77)


Joyce Ann Riemer was born on October 25, 1944, in Pipestone, Minnesota. Her parents were the late Richard John and Esther Elsie (Buchholz) Riemer. She was baptized on November 19, 1944, in Pipestone and was confirmed on May 17, 1959, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek. Joyce attended Country School in Ruthton, Minnesota and graduated from the Wadena High School with the class of 1962.

Joyce was united in marriage with Joseph Kovar on August 24, 1963, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Deer Creek. Their marriage was blessed with 6 children: Joseph Jr, Kelly, Kristy, Jeff, Jason, and James.

Joyce’s first job was at the A&W Rootbeer Drive In in Wadena. She was also employed as a telephone operator for Northwestern Bell. Joyce left the workplace in favor of being a stay-at-home mom but would still cook at the Deer Creek School for 10 years. She was also a part time waitress at the Eagles Café.

Joyce was very active in her community. She was an event coordinator for Seder Meal for 30 years, a vacation Bible School Coordinator for several years. Joyce was also a Sunday School teacher for many years. Joyce enjoyed cooking and baking, hunting, fishing, bird watching, and spending time with her friends and family.

Joyce passed away on November 9, 2021, at the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena. She will be dearly missed by her friends and family. Preceding Joyce in death are her parents, Richard and Esther Riemer, father and mother in law, Ed and Elsie Kovar and sister-in-law: Cleone Riemer.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband Joseph; children: Joseph Kovar Jr, Kelly (Wayne) Leaderbrand, Kristy (Tom) Bendlen, Jeff (Beth Kirchenwitz Cline) Kovar, Jason (LaRae) Kovar, James (Krista) Kovar; 9 grandchildren; siblings: Richard “Bud” (Pauline) Riemer, Jean (Don) Kassube, Carol (Jim) Guse, Randy (Deb) Riemer; many other relatives and a host of friends.



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 Service Program


November 15, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Karvonen Funeral Home ~ Wadena
419 2nd Street NE
Wadena, MN 56482

Gathering of Family and Friends
November 16, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church ~ Deer Creek
221 North Clark Street
Deer Creek, MN 56527

Funeral Service
November 16, 2021

11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church ~ Deer Creek
221 North Clark Street
Deer Creek, MN 56527

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