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Joyce Christensen

July 26, 1931 — February 17, 2010

Joyce Christensen, 78, Breckenridge, MN passed away on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at her home in Breckenridge, MN. Visitation for Joyce will be on Friday, February 26, 2010 from 4 pm. to 7 pm. with a prayer service at 7 pm. The funeral will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Breckenridge, MN on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 10:30 am., with Father Kenneth Popp officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of the St. Agnes mission circle of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


Joyce Burvee Christensen was born in Fairmount, ND to Frank James Burvee and Eleanora (Meyer) Burvee on July 26, 1931. She grew up and attended school in Fairmount. After graduating in 1949, Joyce attended College in Minneapolis, MN for Dental Assistance. Upon returning to her home town area, she landed a position as a Dental Assistant for Dr. Jack Pfister in Wahpeton, ND.


On November 10, 1952 Joyce was united in marriage to Lloyd Christensen at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Fairmount, ND. They began their life together in Breckenridge, MN where they raised their six children.


Joyce quickly became an avid Breckenridge Cowboy sports fan and you could see her and Lloyd attending many of the sporting events, even after their children had graduated. Joyce loved to quilt and was fervent about making quilts for her children, grandchildren and special occasions. She was never without her knitting needles and spent countless hours over the years knitting and sewing for family and friends.


Joyce enjoyed the serenity of the lake and built many pleasant memories there with her children and the friends she appreciated so much. She had a zeal for canning jams and jellies but had a particular flair for choke cherry syrup and pickles. Joyce had a passion for traveling and even though she and Lloyd had traveled to just about every state, she was especially fond of going to see the children and grandchildren and spending time with them.


Joyce will always be remembered for her calming and reassuring words of encouragement as a wife, mother and friend.


Joyce is survived by: Michael (Robbin) Christensen, Memphis, TN and their children, Andy and Sarah; Dean (Fran) Christensen, Colorado Springs, CO and their daughter, Kayla; Pam (Bob) LeNoue, Memphis, TN and their children, Sean and Rebecca; Neil (Sue) Christensen, Rio Rancho, NM; Lee (Jean) Christensen, Oregon, WI and their son, Josh; Amy (Bill) McKinney, Minneapolis, MN and their children, Ellie, Finn, and Mette.


Joyce was preceded in death by: her parents James Burvee and Eleanora (Meyer) Burvee and her husband Lloyd Christensen on November 9, 2009.


Memorials should go to the St. Mary’s School Trust Fund or St. Agnes Mission Circle: 210 North 4 th Street, Breckenridge, MN 56520

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