Services held for Joyce E. Chesley

Joyce E. Chesley, 63, of Leonard, MN died Saturday, July 4, 2015 at The Garden Place after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s. 
Memorial services were at 2:00 PM, Thursday, July 9, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Leonard, MN with Pastor Robert Kirchman officiating.  Visitation was on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Cease Family Funeral Home Chapel in Bagley, MN and one hour prior to the services at the church.  Interment at the Norway Lake Cemetery in Leonard, MN. 
Joyce Chesley was born on November 16, 1951 in Bagley, MN to Roy and Gladys (Erickson) Bjerke.  She was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Leonard, MN.  She attended the country school in Leonard until the 7th grade and then attended Clearbrook High School and graduated in 1969. 
Joyce married her high school sweetheart James (Jim) C. Chesley on April 4th, 1970 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
Joyce and Jim made their home just outside of Leonard.  She resided there until June 2013; she was admitted to The Garden Place after a very long battle with dementia, as she could no longer stay at home. 
Joyce loved to spend time with her family and adored her grandchildren.  She also enjoyed gardening, caring for her home, crocheting, going for walks and staying very active in the community and Church.  Joyce loved to listen to music, dance and bake.
Joyce and Jim loved visiting their friends and family and were always the first to help anyone in need.
Joyce loved to travel; she and Jim spent many summers camping and vacationing with their children and grandchildren. 
Joyce worked at several cafés as a waitress before becoming a CNA at the Clearbrook Good Samaritan Center. Joyce then went on to work at the Bagley Bakery for many years. Later she worked at Greensview in Bagley and finally at the Stepping Stone Foster Care home caring for special needs children until working became too difficult.
Joyce is survived by her husband of 45 years - James Chesley of Leonard. Son  - Jody (Margie) Chesley of Ham Lake, MN. Daughter  - Julie (Aaron) Pearson of Bemidji. 5 grandchildren – Zoey and Wade of Ham Lake, MN; McKaylah, Jaden and Liam of Bemidji. Siblings  - Donna (Ken) Felt of Shevlin, MN; Shirley (Harlan) Aakre of Clearbrook, MN; Carol Sauer of Lake Itasca, MN; Ron (Linda) Bjerke of Leonard, MN; Lester Bjerke of Bagley, MN; Lowell (Margaret) Bjerke of Bagley, MN and Marlin (Janet) Olson of Clearbrook. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Joyce is preceded in death by her parents – Roy and Gladys Bjerke. 3 brothers-in-law - LaVerne Wastweet, Wayne Sauer and Leonard Lewis. Niece – Carla Lewis-Ulrich.
Joyce will always be remembered for her kind heart and warm smile.
Messages of condolence may be sent to

Richards Publishing

P.O. Box 159
239 2nd Ave
Gonvick, MN 56644
Telephone: (218) 487-5225

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