Joyce Carol Walker Tinseth, 75, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Dec. 23, 2010, after a brave battle with heart disease. Born at home in Popple Creek, Minn., on Dec. 31, 1934, she liked to say the whole world celebrated her birthday with her every New Year’s Eve. On Feb. 23, 1952, Joyce married the love of her life, Warren Dale Tinseth, who affectionately called her “J.C.” As a military wife, she held down the home front while Warren served as a Chief Warrant Officer Aviator in Korea and Vietnam. Together they raised three children and created many fond memories in Colorado, Washington, California, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, and Germany before settling down and retiring in San Antonio, Texas.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, pampering her dogs, tending her roses, feeding hummingbirds and traveling home to Minnesota as often as she could. She was proud of her Polish heritage and fiercely loyal to her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Mildred (Lanz) Walker; and her brothers Melvin, George and Richard.
She is survived by her devoted husband of nearly 59 years, Warren Tinseth Sr.; three children, daughter, Glenda Vancil and son-in-law Gerald, of Killeen, Texas; son, Warren “J.R.” Tinseth Jr. and daughter-in-law Diane, of San Antonio; and daughter, Julie Tinseth, of San Antonio; three grandchildren, Jen Sansbury, Jessica Weese-White and Emily Tinseth; and two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Braylen White.
She is also survived by her brother, Leon H. Walker, of Brainerd, Minn.; and by many cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.
A memorial service to celebrate Joyce’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at the Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, 1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, Texas. Her cremated remains will be buried at a later date at her final resting place, Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids, Minn.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests that donations be made in her honor to the American Heart Association.