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Joyce J. Slinden

Joyce J. Slinden

Nov. 18, 1925 - Oct. 9, 2008

ATWATER -- Joyce Jean Slinden, 82, of Atwater, died Thursday at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Atwater. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Atwater Funeral Home and for one hour prior to the service Monday at the church.

She was born Nov. 18, 1925, in Alexandria to Rudolph and Myrtle (Olson) Lindstrom. She grew up in Grove City and graduated from Grove City High School in 1943.

She married Donald W. Slinden on Nov. 20, 1943, in Grove City. They lived and farmed on the Slinden family farm until Don went into the service in 1944. She worked at Honeywell in Minneapolis and then joined Don in Little Rock, Ark., working at a garment factory. After the war they returned to farming in the rural Atwater area. She was also employed for several years at the Atwater Post Office. In 1991, they retired and moved into Atwater.

She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher and was active in various women's groups. She was also a member of the Atwater American Legion Auxiliary Post 375, garden club, book club and a 4-H club leader.

She is survived by her husband; three children: Don Jr. (and Helen) Slinden of Atwater, Judy (and Jerry) Hudson of Monticello and John (and Carol) Slinden of Grove City; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one brother: Charles (and JoAnn) Lindstrom of Litchfield; and one sister: Shirley Erickson of Watkins.

She was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Wayne and Marida Slinden.