Joyce I. Karr

Jun 4, 2019
Karr, Joyce news revised


Memorial Services: 10:30 AM, Monday, June 10, 2019, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 2211 Maynard Ave., Waterloo


1:00 to 4:00 PM, Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Locke Funeral Home, 1519 West 4th Street, Waterloo; and for an hour before services at the church.



to the family for a memorial fund to be established


Joyce Karr, 73, of Denver, IA, formerly of Waterloo, died at UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

Joyce Irene Jorgenson was born on September 14, 1945 to Raymond & Irene (Brickman) Jorgenson. She was the second oldest of four girls. She attended school in Waterloo, graduating from West High School in 1963.

In 1965, Joyce married Roger Karr. On May 9th, 2019, they celebrated their 54th anniversary. They had two children, Angela and Chad. During their years together, Roger and Joyce bought, renovated and redecorated several houses in Waterloo before building a new home in Denver in 1994. In the late 70’s Joyce operated The Rocking Horse, a place where people could purchase painting supplies and take classes. She was a talented painter and enjoyed making gifts for people. She also liked to “collect” craft supplies.

Joyce started a family reunion she called the Karr Kampout in 1975. This tradition is still going strong and is attended by 50-60 Karr family members annually. She took it upon herself to “make-up” several games and events each year to keep things exciting. This gathering has forged bonds between four generations of Karrs.

Joyce was proud of her grandchildren and supported them in many ways. In the past year she attended the marriage of her grandson, Mitchell, to his wife, Samantha. She assisted Melissa in her eighth-grade classroom and was an instant favorite with her students. In May she attended the college graduation of Ellie and the high school graduation of Nicholas.

Faith was important to Joyce. In September of 2014, she wrote, “I believe I am saved and will someday be in heaven. I am not frightened of death.” Throughout the years she used her creative abilities to help bring others to the Lord. She developed many Vacation Bible School themes, songs and characters while a member of Grace Lutheran. She helped spearhead Camp VBS at Ascension Lutheran, a great opportunity for children third to sixth grade. She was active on many church boards and enjoyed being a part of a bible study with her close friends that met for nearly 30 years.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Roger; a daughter, Angela (Trevor) Holman of Denver‚ IA; a son, Chad (Holly) Karr of Waterloo‚ IA; four grandchildren: Mitchell (Samantha) Karr, Melissa Siglin, Ellie Karr and Nicholas Holman; two sisters, Jane Miller of Lampasas, TX, and Jacqueline “Jackie” Jorgenson of Blair, NE; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joan Wolf.

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  1. Elizabeth Ann Dunn Hess | Jun 09, 2019
     My condolence to Joyce's family. It has been a very long since I seen her. May she rest in peace in God's loving arms.
  2. Kevan Cortright | Jun 07, 2019

    Roger, Chad, Angie, and family,

    We’re sorry you must endure the loss of Joyce.She was a wonderful lady and always cheerful and very proud of you all. We send sympathy and prayers tosupport you at this difficult time.

    God bless and give you strength.

    Sincerely, Kevan and Shelley Cortright and family



  3. Jason Biersner | Jun 07, 2019

    Roger, Angie, Chad and family so sorry for your loss. She was always happy and upbeat and sweet. God bless. 


  4. Keith and Kathy Blum | Jun 06, 2019

    Chad, Holly and family,

    We are saddened to read about your loss.  It is very difficult to loose a parent.  Sounds like it was unexpected as well.  Prayers God will comfort you and give you strength.

  5. Keith and Kathy Blum | Jun 06, 2019

    Chad, Holly and family,

    We are saddened to read about your loss.  Loosing a parent is very difficult and appears this may have been unexpected.  Prayers God will give you strength. 

  6. Ginger Dales | Jun 06, 2019
    I’m sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing...My condolences, thoughts and prayers to the entire family during this very difficult time... 
  7. Hap and Ardie Junge | Jun 05, 2019
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. Such a great loss. She was a wonderful person. 
  8. Vern And Eddie Michel | Jun 05, 2019


    I am so sorry to hear about Joyce’s passing! It was such a shock! She was such a special woman. We pray for God’s love and peace and an extra measure of His grace to see you

    through this heart wrenching time! Thank God, because of Jesus you will all see her again.

    But until then....your heart will miss her! 🙏��🙏��🙏��

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