Joyce Bensen was born on November 11, 1932 to parents Malton and Gunhild (Nornes) Bensen at their rural farm home at Erskine, MN. She attended country school for 8 years at Foot Lake School in rural McIntosh, MN after which she graduated from Erskine High School. She graduated from Bethesda School of Nursing and worked in hospitals in Ada, MN and Grafton, ND
In 1952 she married James H. Anderson and they had two children; Tim Edwin and Cynthia Jo. She was a stay at home mom until Tim was a senior in high school, at that time she began working for The Public Health Nursing Service in Ada, MN.
James Anderson died in Oct. 1983 and she married Leonard Olofson in 1987. Together they lived in Ashley, ND; Alice, ND; Ada, MN; Moorhead, MN and during the winter months each year Gold Canyon, AZ. She enjoyed any social activity from playing bridge, shopping with the girls, spending time with family & friends at the lakes, and especially dancing with her love; Leonard. As a nurse she always had a way of caring for others.
Joyce died on July 7, 2008 at Gold Canyon, AZ after a courageous battle with cancer.
She is survived by her husband: Leonard, her two children: Tim (Hiromi) Anderson, Pleasanton, CA; Cynthia (Steve) Rude, Halstad, MN; three step children: Marvin (Pat) Olofson, Gwinner, ND; Mike (Darbie) Olofson, Elk River, MN; and Morey (Tim) Leiseth, Moorhead, MN; and one foster daughter: Corina (Roger) Grancorvitz, Mesa, AZ. Two biological brothers: M. James (Nancy) Bensen and Kermit (Sandy) Bensen both Bemidji, MN and two cousins raised as her brothers: Floyd Lecy, Moorhead, MN and Roger (Barbara) Nornes, Ortonville, MN. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren ranging in age from 2 years to 27 years: Emi Anderson, Bentley Anderson, Jennifer Rude, Stefanie Rude, Kristine Rude, Johnathan Olofson & Sherri Suckow, Brittany Olofson, Robert Leiseth, Miles Olofson, Mason Olofson, Ella Olofson, McKenna Grancorvitz and Anika Grancorvitz.
She is preceded in death by her parents, infant sister: Meredith Bensen, first husband: James and a cousin raised as her brother: Art Lecy.
Joyce and Leonard are involved in the new Lutheran Church to be built in the Gold Canyon area as part of Our Saviors Parish. Memorials can be sent to: Our Saviors Lutheran Church; Building Fund, PO Box 6839, Mesa, AZ 85216. Unspecified memorials will be put toward the building fund.
Services will be held Saturday July 19th at 1 PM in Trinity Lutheran Church: 210 7th St South, in Moorhead, MN with a Prayer Service Friday, July 18th at 7PM also in Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be at The Ada Cemetery, Ada, MN.