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Joyce Pederson Joyce Pederson of Montevideo died on January 11, 2021 at Luther Haven Nursing Home in Montevideo at the age of 94. Joyce Helen (Halverson) Pederson was born June 7, 1926 at Elk Mound, Wis., to Conrad and Helen (Chamberlain) Halverson. She was baptized and confirmed at Barum Lutheran Church in rural Elk Mound, graduated from Elk Mound High School in 1943, then enrolled in the 3-year nursing program at Luther Hospital and Nursing School in Eau Claire, Wis., graduating in 1947 as a registered nurse (RN). She then worked at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and had several hair-raising stories to tell about her experiences in those environs. On April 17, 1948 she was united in marriage to Charles Pederson in Elk Mound, having met Charles through her younger brother, Marvin, who served in the U.S. Navy with Charles at the end of WWII. From the time of their marriage until 1957, they lived and farmed near Horton, Kan. and rural Everest and Robinson, Kan. Joyce worked as a nurse at the hospital in Horton and the first three of her four sons were born there.   In March, 1957, Joyce and Charles bought and moved to a farm in Stony Run Township of Yellow Medicine County where they resided until 2007. For a number of years, Joyce worked as both a staff and private nurse at the hospital in Montevideo where her youngest son was born. She was a long-time member of and active in Bergen Lutheran Church. In addition to nursing, she was a homemaker, liked to garden, paint, knit, and travel with or to visit family members in far flung locations. Joyce and Charles lived in Granite Falls for two years after leaving the farm in 2007. She moved to Parkview Towers after Charles’ death in 2009 and to Brookview Senior Living in August of 2019, then to Luther Haven in July 2020, where she remained until her death. She is survived by her four sons – Dennis Pederson of Montevideo, Gary (and Gail) Pederson of Bemidji, Dale Pederson of Granite Falls, and Eric (and Susan) Pederson of Orlando, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Homer Pederson of Topeka, Kan.; a sister-in-law, Pat (Marvin) Halverson of Bloomington; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her parents; brothers Donald and Marvin; and daughter-in-law JoAnn (Dale) Pederson. Motivated by her medical background, Joyce has donated her remains to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program and will be interred in the Bergen Lutheran Cemetery at some future date. A private family gathering may be held at the time of internment.  In lieu of flowers or checks, donations to the University of Minnesota Anatomy Bequest Program, Bergen Lutheran Church, Brookside Senior Living or Luther Haven Nursing home would be appropriate and appreciated.

Published on January 20, 2021