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Joyce Marie Starks Hanken
December 13, 1941 – August 9, 2020
Joyce Hanken, 78, of Anamosa, died Sunday, August 9, 2020 at Bickford Senior Living in Marion.
Rev. Nick March will celebrate a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Friday, August 21, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Anamosa.
The family will greet friends from 4 - 7 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. During the pandemic social distancing and properly fitted face masks will be required at the church and the funeral home.
Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery, rural Anamosa.
Joyce Marie Starks was born in Monticello, December 13, 1941 the daughter of Robert and Kathleen (Conter) Starks. She attended kindergarten to the eleventh grade at Sacred Heart School in Monticello and graduated from Monticello High School. She married Walter Hanken at Sacred Heart Catholic Church November 4, 1961.
Over the years she worked as a beautician in Monticello, an assembly worker at Turner Microphone in Anamosa, rural mail carrier, she provided childcare from her home, as a guard at the Anamosa Reformatory, and as an assembly line worker at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.
Joyce was a longtime member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where she taught Religious Education, was a sacristan and Eucharistic minister. She was also active in the Fall Festival and other church functions. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, doing upholstery work, crocheting, sewing, working large difficult puzzles, and different crafting with gourds and Indian corn, which she grew in her garden. Joyce also liked to decorate for the holidays and birthdays, going fishing, dancing, water skiing when she was young and playing cards. She had a genuine interest in Native American Indian culture because of her ancestry.
She is survived by her husband of fifty-eight years, Walter, her daughters Brenda Hanken, Monticello, and Tammy Crawford, Cedar Rapids, grandchildren Nick (Karissa Muller) Crawford, Kristin Crawford, Mitch (Angie Vargas) Crawford and Ryan Crawford, great-grandchildren Lincoln Crawford, Sienna Crawford and Macie Crawford, siblings Margaret Nielsen, Anamosa, Mary (Marcus) Lawrence, Marion, Sandy McCarthy, Monticello, Ken (Norma) Starks, Cedar Rapids, Carol Starks, Monticello, Sarah (Jerry) Easterly, Maquoketa, and Mike (Connie) Starks, Monticello, and sisters-in-law Beverly Harms, Anamosa, Irene Green, Monticello and Marsha Starks, Monticello.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Bill, Rick, and Bob and a sister Janet Sills.
She will be remembered for her love of family and friends, her strong faith, and her beautiful smile. Joyce will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Anamosa Journal Eureka, Anamosa, Iowa, 20 August 2020

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