Joyce Ruth Ekstrand of Osceola, died Sept. 18, 2018, at the Christian Community Home in Osceola. She was 81.

Joyce was born Dec. 29, 1936, in Hackensack, N.J., to Emil and Ruth (Mason) Wacha. On May 1, 1954, she married William Ekstrand in Teaneck, N.J. This marriage was blessed with four children. Joyce was employed at UFE as a machinist, Ladd Memorial Hospital as a nurse’s aide, and at Shafer Electronics where she worked until her retirement.

Joyce enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, baking and fishing. She especially enjoyed the time spent with her children and grandchildren.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William.

Joyce is survived by her children, Ivy (Mark) Schulte, Ron (Becky) Ekstrand, Holly Ekstrand (Scott) and Cher Bradt (Geoff); 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Adele Niederhofer of N.J., Blance Craton of N.J., and Linda Pregenzer of N.J.; brothers, Edward (Donna) Wacha of N.J., Arthur (Karen) Wacha of AR; many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Oct. 12, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Osceola, with a visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment will be in the Pleasant Prairie Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Grandstrand Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed online at

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