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Joy Ilene (Mortenson) Pals was born in Valley City, North Dakota on June 27, 1936 to Alfred Waldemar and Mary Ellen Mortenson. She received her nursing degree (R.N.) from the Mercy School of Nursing in 1957 and married Lowell Pals on June 23, 1957.
Joy and Lowell moved to Terre Haute, Indiana in 1958, and she joined the operating room staff at Union Hospital. Joy and Lowell were members of the Terre Haute Jaycees where they made many life-long friends. Joy was President of the Jaycee Wives Club.
Joy and Lowell transferred to the Chicago area in 1966 and made their permanent home in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Joy continued her nursing career until her retirement in 1995, working in orthopaedics and allergy.
Joy loved Jesus and this was reflected in her love of others. She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church during her time in Terre Haute. She was, most recently, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Villa Park, Illinois where she was in the knitting group and made scarves and hats for the homeless. She was a student of the Bible and participated in Bible study classes.
Joy loved and cared for others in all that she did. Her house was a place where people gathered and spent time together; it was not merely for the cookies and cinnamon rolls, but also to enjoy her love and company.
She and Lowell had five children: Steve (Kathy), Mark (Daphne), Dain (deceased February 11, 1964), Linda Densmore (Randy) and Mary Kostolansky (David, deceased October 19, 2016). She was proud "Gigi" to 14 grandchildren, their spouses, partners and friends, all of whom loved her and she them.
Joy died peacefully at home on November 27, 2017 surrounded by family and friends, holding her treasured wooden cross. In addition to her immediate family, Joy is also survived by her siblings: Lois Hamann (Glenn), Sheryl Dermé, and Wayne Mortenson (Laurie).
Memorial visitation is at 9:30 a.m. and services will begin at 11:00 a.m. on December 9th at Trinity Lutheran Church, Villa Park, IL. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181; or The David J. Kostolansky, Jr. Memorial Endowment for Cancer Research, University of Notre Dame, 1251 North Eddy St, STE-300, South Bend, IN 46617 http://giving.nd.edu/ways-to-give/how-to-give/memorial-gifts/
Published on November 30, 2017
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