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Joyce Lois (DeMaris) Bruhn
March 4, 1927 ~ January 25, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Joyce Lois Bruhn (formerly Jansen, née DeMaris), age 96, of Hibbing, MN passed away peacefully at Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center on January 25th, 2024.
Joyce was born to parents Ethel and Henry DeMaris on March 4th, 1927 in Park Rapids, MN. She graduated from Park Rapids High School, and worked various jobs until on August 20, 1946 she married George Jansen and they were blessed with 4 children. After the marriage ended in February 1969, Joyce tirelessly supported her family with careers in beverage service, lunch service in the Hibbing school system, and work in garden centers. On June 5th of 1976 she was united in marriage to Charles Bruhn and found joy in the adventures of the happy life they spent together until she was widowed upon his passing in November of 1994.
In her long lifetime, Joyce was witness to and made adaptations for tremendous changes in the world around her in transportation, technology, science, medical advances, pandemics, space exploration, and the dark history of many conflicts and wars. In her humble beginnings growing up on a farm in the rural area of Park Rapids, she tended to the farm animals, garden and field crops, and the younger children in the family. She attended grade school in a one-room country schoolhouse, and the family made trips to town for supplies in a horse-drawn wagon… most of the innovations of today’s world did not yet exist… but she lived through all the comings and goings, including the introduction of electricity, plumbing, telephones and television in the home… all the way up to cell phones and the internet.
Joyce was known for her love of family; she took pleasure in spending time with her siblings, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren… Mandi and Shanna were especially close to their grandmother as they reciprocated loving care in their early years and her later years in life. She enjoyed outings to the casinos with her friends, children, and granddaughters. She and her sisters found time to travel together and made memories on several trips. Many vacations across the county including Las Vegas, Polson, and Alaska were happy times with Donna’s and Joann’s families; with Ruth she shared the love of plants, flowers and gardens, enjoyed bird watching, marveled at the splendor of fall leaf color, and had fun with pastimes of berry picking and fishing at the cabin. Joyce had an undeniable bond with her son Rick as they supported each other in many ways through all the years; she was the benefactor of all fruits of his love of hunting and fishing and his culinary talent for bringing them to the dinner table. She appreciated him deeply as she settled into her twilight years, and he and Jane were steadfastly there for her as her needs changed.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Charles Bruhn; infant son Robert Jansen; parents Henry and Ethel (née Stanley) DeMaris; nine brothers; four sisters; and by her previous husband and father of her children, George Jansen.
She is survived by her children: Donna (Richard) Bye of Otsego, MN, Ruth (John) Draskovich of Maple Grove, MN, Joann (Michael) Kinholt of Havre, MT, and Ricky (Jane) Jansen of Hibbing, MN; 7 grandchildren: Larry (Steffanie) Bye, Mandi (Ryan) Gibson, Shanna (Steve) Giombetti, Ryan Kinholt, Courtney Kinholt, Cianna Jansen, Sgt. Reese Jansen; 3 great-grandchildren: Mazie Gibson, Tatum Giombetti, Rex Gibson; sister Janice Hensel; and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be a private service at a later date for the immediate family. Your prayers in remembrance of Joyce are greatly appreciated.