Joyce Peltzer

July 21, 1931-May 12, 2014

COTTONWOOD – Services for Joyce E. Peltzer, 82, of Cottonwood, are at 7 p.m. Monday at the Hamilton Funeral Home. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

She died Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall.

Joyce Elaine was born July 21, 1931, to Fred and Lucille (Olson) Peltzer in St. Paul. She was baptized and confirmed at the Reformation Lutheran Church. She graduated from Central High School and went on to graduate from Macalester College and the University of Minnesota with a master’s degree in social work.

She was a social worker for the Jewish Family Service, the American Lutheran Church and Lutheran Social Services. In response to her work as a social worker, in 1973 Governor Wendell Anderson proclaimed Nov. 2, 1973, as a day dedicated to the MN Council on Unmarried Parents by saluting Joyce Peltzer and “urged her friends and co-workers to honor her on that day.” In October 1973, The University of Minnesota recognized Joyce as “Social Work Alumni of the Year,” and in June 1993 Joyce received an Alumni Citation from Macalester College for her “unselfish and effective service to humanity.”

In 1990 Joyce and Sandra Aronen began their life together in Minneapolis. In 2000 they moved to Cottonwood to live near the lake. On Dec. 7, 2011, Joyce and Sandy were united in marriage in Okoboji, Iowa. Joyce was involved in many peace and justice issues and organizations. She will be remembered for her ability to accept everyone as they were – at any age.

Survivors include her wife Sandra of Cottonwood; two sons, David (and Theresa) Choe Peltzer Johnson of Minneapolis and Steve (and Donna) Stewart of Apple Valley; nephew/son-in-law, Jason (and Teresa Aronen) Schorn of Tonopah, Nev., four grandchildren, Larissa, Savoy, Maxwell and Phoenix; nephew Adam (and Barbara) Schorn of Boston, Mass.; son-in-law Jason (and Jana Sackmeister) Aronen of Minneapolis; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister Nancy Schorn, and an infant granddaughter Elise.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Southern Poverty Law Center, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, PFLAG Buffalo Ridge Chapter, or Prairie Home Hospice.

Blessed be the memory of Joyce E. Peltzer.

Hamilton Funeral Home