Joyce Richter, age 88, died peacefully on December 30, 2015 in Omaha, NE on her 88th birthday surrounded by her children and some of their families. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Canton. Visitation with family present will be Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the church. A scripture service will be held at 5:00 p.m. On-Line Condolences may be left at Anderson Funeral Home.
Joyce Maxine (Fiegen) Richter was born December 30, 1927 in Dell Rapids, SD the eldest daughter of Jennie (Anderson) Fiegen and John Fiegen. Joyce attended school and grew up in the Dell Rapids area on various farms. After high school, Joyce joined the cadet nursing corp and graduated from McKennan School of Nursing.
Joyce was united in marriage to Earl Richter of Madison, SD on June 13, 1950. Joyce was a practicing nurse for a few years before dedicating her time to raising their six children. During their marriage, Earl’s career took them throughout South Dakota, eventually settling in Canton, SD for 40 years. Joyce was an active member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and a past Altar Society president. Joyce enjoyed volunteering in the community.
Joyce’s special hobbies were her love for playing bridge and mahjong with her many friends.
Eight years ago Joyce moved to the Prince of Peace retirement community where she continued to play bridge with many new friends. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, her parents, brother, Melvin Fiegen of Dell Rapids, and sister, Helen Liester of Garretson.
Joyce is survived by her six children: Diane Houser, Munster, IN, Janice (Randy) Bennett, Jacksonville, FL, Eileen (Ron) Wiebelhaus, Austin, MN, Mary (Bob) Davis, Peoria, IL, Dr. Dan (Sheila) Richter, Omaha, NE, and Joe (Sue Griffith) Richter, Dakota Dunes, SD; sister, Dorothy Baumberger, Colton, SD; brother Virgil (Shirley) Fiegen, Dell Rapids, SD, 20 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.