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Obituaries from the week of August 28, 2013

Joyce Wurscher, 73


Joyce Jane Wurscher, age 73, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at the United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. A Memorial Service was held Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 12:00 P.M., at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson, with interment in St. Anastasia Catholic Cemetery in Hutchinson.  Pastor John Pasche officiated.  Bonnie Westmiller was organist with Lucy Newcomb as soloist.

Joyce Jane Wurscher was born on December 12, 1939, in Tracy, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Harlow and Mildred (Sanderson) Holbrook. Joyce was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth in Tracy. She received her education in Tracy and was a graduate of the Tracy High School Class of 1958.

On November 1, 1958, Joyce was united in marriage to Raymond Wurscher at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. This marriage was blessed with two children, Steven and Laurie.  Joyce and Raymond resided in Redwood Falls, Minnesota for 10 years and later moved to Hutchinson, Minnesota. They shared 54 years of marriage.

Joyce was employed at the F.W. Woolworths Store in Hutchinson for 10 years. She was also employed at the Goebel Fixture Company in Hutchinson for 20 years. Joyce was a member of Hutchinson American Legion Auxiliary Post #96. She was active in community service and volunteered at the Hutchinson Hospital and Twice Is Nice.

Joyce enjoyed cooking, camping and bus trips. She loved making bars for anyone for any occasion. Joyce’s great loves was spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.

Joyce passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at the United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the age of 73 years.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Raymond Wurscher of Hutchinson, MN; children, Steven Wurscher and his wife, Vickie of Hutchinson, MN, Laurie Bigaouette and her husband, Peter of Chaska, MN; grandchildren, Bridget Kaczmarek and her husband, Jesse, Joel Wurscher and his wife, Shelby, Paul Bigaouette, Patrick Bigaouette, Eric Bigaouette; great granddaughter, Gianna  Wurscher; brothers, Vernon Holbrook of Moreno Valley CA; Jack Holbrook and his wife Candace of Camp Verde, TX; sisters, Marilys Vahlsing and her husband, LeVern of Cokato, MN, Nancy Bottelberghe and her husband, Louis of Eden Valley, MN, Margo Carey and her husband, David of Anchorage, AK, Mary Lee Zimmerman and her husband, James of Slayton, MN, Judy Surprenant and her husband, Jerry of Maple Grove, MN, Rebecca Hight and her husband, Greg of Brainerd, MN, sister-In-Law, Joan Wurscher of Plymouth, MN; Many Nieces, Nephews and other relatives and friends.

Joyce is preceded in death by her Grandparents; Parents, Harlow and Mildred Holbrook; parent-in-law, Frank and Margaret (Hagert) Wurscher; sister-in-law, Janice Holbrook; brother-in-law, Kenneth Wurscher.

Arrangements by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at  Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.