Joyce J. Norden

GLADSTONE – Joyce J. Norden, 84, of Gladstone, passed away Sunday afternoon, Dec. 30, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

Joyce was born June 4, 1928, in Gladstone, the daughter of Carl and Lillie (Holmberg) Johnson. Joyce was raised in Gladstone and was a 1946 graduate of the Gladstone High School. Following graduation, Joyce went on to attend Northern Michigan University where she received her Elementary Teaching Certificate in 1949. Joyce accepted her first teaching position for the Rock Public Schools where she taught elementary education.

On May 30, 1951, Joyce was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Norden at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone.

Joyce continued teaching at Rock Schools from 1949 to 1954. In 1955, Joyce and Dick moved to Waukegan, Ill. where they resided until Dick’s retirement in 1976. Throughout the years of their residency in Waukegan, Joyce was a charter member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. In addition, she taught elementary education for the Waukegan Schools from 1967 to 1976. Joyce and Dick returned to Gladstone in 1976 where Joyce was an active member of the First Lutheran Church. She was also involved as a Stephen Ministry leader, a participant in the Prison Ministry program at Marquette Branch Prison and a long time member of the First Lutheran Church Quilting Group, as well as a member of the Grace Circle. Joyce was a remarkable seamstress her entire life and was blessed with the gift of generosity and care for others. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her sons, Dean (Bernadette) Norden of Marquette, Keith (Heidi) Norden of Hollandale, Wis.; daughter, Marcia (Kenneth) Wikoff of Waukegan, Ill.; brother, James (Nancy) Johnson of Gladstone; sister, Lillian Strom of Gladstone; grandchildren, Andrew, Christopher, Heather, Samuel, Lisa, Amanda and James. Also listed among the surviving family are many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to her parents, Carl and Lillie; and her husband, Dick; Joyce was preceded in death by her brother, Carl “Bummy” Johnson.

Joyce’s family will receive friends on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. Funeral services to celebrate the life of Joyce J. Norden will follow visiting hours at 6 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Paul Strom officiating. Luncheon will follow in the First Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.

Joyce will be laid to rest in the Perkins Cemetery in the spring time.

Memorial contributions in Joyce’s name may be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation. Envelopes will be available throughout visitation and at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County. Messages of condolence to Joyce’s family can be offered online at