Joyce Fredericks Obituary

Joyce E. Fredericks
Joyce Fredericks
Joyce E. Fredericks

September 10, 1929 - October 10, 2014
Born in Cedar Rapids, IA
Resided in Des Moines, IA
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Joyce Elaine Skinner Fredericks peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 10, 2014 after a brief illness. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends

Joyce was born on Sept. 10, 1929 to Sybil Adel (Mabon) and (Elisha) E. Harold Skinner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She graduated from McKinley High School and was a member of St. Paul's Methodist Church in her home town. In 1951 she graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Speech Pathology. She was a teacher in the Cedar Rapids Public School System and worked for renowned Iowa Historian Professor Hershberger at the University of Iowa. Moving to Des Moines started her life of raising and nurturing her cherished family.

Joyce had many interest and hobbies: violinist and pianist, painting, travel, cooking, golf, tennis, gardening, community volunteer, Boy Scout and Camp Fire Den Mother. She was a member, supporter and volunteer of many service and cultural institutions throughout her life in the Des Moines area including Westminster Presbyterian Church, Plymouth Congregational Church, Past President of the Des Moines District Dental Auxiliary, Past President of Hanawalt PTA, Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines Botanical Center, Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Science Center of Iowa and Terrace Hill. She enjoyed entertaining many of her women and bridge groups in her home. Joyce enjoyed waterskiing in early years and played tennis and golf at Wakonda Club. If she did not love, she tolerated all of her children's' pets - fish, turtles, hamsters, lizards, chameleons, rabbits, birds, cats, dogs and horses. She was a real sport!

She was an avid Iowa Hawkeye fan, particularly football and attended many of their "Bowl" games throughout the country. Since childhood she has loved the Chicago Cubs. She enjoyed the many vacations she took with her children throughout her life. They traveled to all the 49 states, Canada, Spain, Jamaica and most recently Door County, WI.

Joyce is survived by her children: Charles D. Fredericks, Jr. and daughter-in-law Mary; Diane E. Gutfreund and son-in-law David; Craig J. Fredericks; and John D. Fredericks. Grandchildren: Erika L. Gutfreund; Jeffrey M. Gutfreund and grand daughter-in-law Teresa; and Libby A. Fredericks. Her sister Diane S. Bohlander and her children: nephew Robert W. Bohlander, wife Jan and grandniece Rachel; and nephew Mark F. Bohlander, wife Sue and grandniece Emily. She is preceded in death by her loving parents, Sybil Adel Mabon Skinner and E. Harold Skinner, and brother-in-law William E. Bohlander.

Visitation will be held Monday, October 20, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.; funeral service at 11:00 a.m.; and lunch following the service at Iles Dunn's Chapel on Grand Avenue in Des Moines. The family will also receive guests after the service. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.; Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, IA.

A special thank you to those who assisted her during her illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the charity of your choice.

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Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Monday, October 20, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Dunn's Funeral Home
2121 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50312
Monday, October 20, 2014
11:00 AM
Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery
Cedar Rapids, IA
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
11:00 AM
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