Joyce (Wisler) Bjornstad, 97, of Cando, ND passed away Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Towner County Living Center in Cando. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at the Christian Fellowship Church in Cando with Pastor Jeff Peters officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will take place at Zion Cemetery in rural Cando. Music will be provided by Catherine Anfinson.
The funeral service will be live-streamed at CFC YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCkYqz4gdUCZ4rjR8bjNUI_A
The burial service at the cemetery will be live-streamed at CFC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/235312613655838/
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Zion Cemetery Fund, c/o Christian Fellowship Church, PO Box 797, Cando ND 58324.
Joyce Annetta Wisler was born March 31, 1924, to Dwight L. and Myrtle (Gensinger) Wisler, in South Bend, Indiana.
Joyce was only a few months old when the family moved to Zion, ND, where she was reared and attended school. Joyce worked for different families doing housework and also spent two winters in Chicago, Illinois, working for Bethany Hospital as a nurse’s aide.
On February 26, 1945, Joyce married Pete Bjornstad in Lakota, ND. They lived on a farm southeast of Cando. Even though Joyce contracted polio when she was just a few months old, which left her left arm practically useless, that didn’t stop her from raising six active children. In May of 1981 they moved into Cando, ND. They enjoyed many winters in Chandler, Arizona beginning in January, 1977. Joyce was a member of the Church of the Brethren in Cando, now known as Christian Fellowship Church. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, doing crafts and painting, which included painting on cream cans, saws, mailboxes, etc. Joyce kept a diary of daily happenings since 1941. She also made several scrap books with articles gleaned from the Towner County Record Herald and other sources. She always had her camera handy, so as a result has many photo albums full of memories. Joyce loved spending time with her kids and grandkids and the coffee pot was always on along with a plate full of goodies whenever family and friends stopped by.
In 2017 they moved into Prairie View Estates congregate housing until December 31, 2019 when Pete moved into the nursing home in Cando, and Joyce went into Basic Care on January 1, 2020. Pete passed away on October 15, 2020.
Joyce is survived by children, Norman Bjornstad of Maricopa, Arizona; Bobby (Nancy) Bjornstad of Carrington, ND; Sheila (Ron) Hartl of Dickinson, ND; Laona (Garth) Eggl, of Cando, ND; Royce (Charlene) Bjornstad of Crocker, MO; daughter-in-law, Mary Lue Bjornstad of Arkansas; and step-daughter Karen (Monte) Anderson of Minnesota, 18 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters: Ivadelle (Don) Cotton of Kansas and Cele (Wally) Rardon of Texas; brothers-in-law Steve Heisler of Cando and Ray Reid of Montana; sister-in-law Dorothy Bjornstad of Cando and numerous nephews and nieces.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 75 years, Pete; son, Carl Dwayne; great-great granddaughter Avalynn Rae Lunden; brothers, Dwayne and Billy Wisler; and sisters, Judy Heisler, Maxine Morgan, Rosalie Reid, Connie Martz and Darlene Howard.
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