Joyce E. Messner

LAKE LINDEN – Joyce E. Messner, 84, a resident of Rustic Meadows in Lake Linden, passed away after a year and a half illness at the home of her daughter in Bootjack on May 8, 2016.

She was born on August 31, 1931, in Hancock, a daughter of David and Evelyn (Luke) Ploof. She was a graduate of Hancock High School in 1950.

Joyce worked in Houghton at Fashion City, Dwyer’s Shoe Store, and H and L Services and from 1976 until October of 2015, at Dr. James Sarazin’s office in Hancock.

She was married to Robert Messner in Hubbell on July 8, 1950. Robert passed away on December 1, 2007.

She was a member of The First United Methodist Church in Lake Linden and the United Methodist Women. She volunteered for the Keweenaw Spay Neuter Assistance Group.

Joyce was always willing to help family and friends in any way possible. She spent countless hours working as a volunteer for KSNAG and was very active in the Lake Linden Methodist Church. She enjoyed her time spent with friends in the Torch Lake Senior Card Club. She continued to enjoy working at Sarazin Dental several days a week until October 2015, and she will be missed by the patients and staff.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Raymond, George and Albert Ploof; and three sisters, Vivian (Raymond) Frazer, Mary Lou (Chet) O’Locki and Sheila (Burt) Alm.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda (James) Sarazin of Bootjack, Dawn (Lee) VerBerkmoes of Bootjack, Jill (Paul) DuMonthier of Lake Linden; grandchildren, Ryan (Sarah) and Tyler (Jillian) Sarazin, Chad (Liss), Kyle (Sarah) and Casey (Lilith) VerBerkmoes, Jenny (Greg) Kallio, Renee and Ross DuMonthier; eight great-grandchildren, Emmitt, Annette and Ava Sarazin, Caleb, Lilly, Analise and Sailor; sister, Barbara (Clay) Kempen; sister-in-law, Julie Ploof; brother-in-law, Ron (Anita) Messner; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The memorial service will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, at the Lake Linden United Methodist Church with Rev. Robert White to officiate.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until the start of the service at the church. Burial will be at the Maple Hill Cemetery in Lake Linden.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to KSNAG, The Lake Linden United Methodist Church or a charity of one’s choice, may be considered.

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