In Memory of Joy Michaelsen

Joy Michaelsen
Joy Michaelsen
Born: December 19, 1927
Died: August 12, 2018
Age: 90
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Joy Michaelsen
December 19, 1927 - August 12, 2018
From: Ida Grove, IA

Joy Michaelsen, age 90, of Ida Grove, Iowa passed away on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 17, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Chad Lierman will officiate. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the Christensen – Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

   Joy Michaelsen, the daughter of Leslie and Vera (Kelso) Kolb, was born on December 19, 1927, in Logan Township, Ida County. Joy grew up on the family farm in Logan Township where she attended Logan #2 country school through the 8th grade.  She graduated from Ida Grove High School with the class of 1944.

   After high school, Joy attended National Business Training School in Sioux City for 1 year. On November 23, 1947, Joy was united into marriage to Wendell E. Michaelsen in the Methodist Parsonage of Holstein, Iowa. The couple were blessed with five children: Susan, Lorna, David, Melanie and Scott.

   Joy enjoyed being a mother and working at Foodland and part-time for the Midwest Chalet in Ida Grove, Iowa. She was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church of Ida Grove, Iowa, where she was active in KCQ and UMW. She was also a member of the Ida Grove American Legion Auxiliary and the Horn Memorial Auxiliary. 

   Joy liked making and delivering May Baskets, playing Bridge, Euchre, and 500. In her spare time she crocheted afghans, sewed blue jean quilts, golfed, gardened, walked “early” every day, and took pleasure in entertaining her family and friends.  Joy lived an active and full life and will be missed by all who loved her.

   Left to cherish her memory are her children: Susan (Don) Woodward of Ticonic, IA, Lorna (Clifford) McKay of Beeville, TX, David (Linda) Michaelsen of Corpus Christi, TX, Melanie (Joel) Hokanson of Fairmont, MN and Scott (Rebecca) Michaelsen of Ida Grove, IA; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren plus a baby boy on the way; sisters: Joanne Nelson of Cherokee, IA, Mary Lou Messick of Peachtree City, GA and Nancy (Curt) Rupert of Holstein, IA; sister-in-law Delores (Dale) Meyer of Holstein, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

   Joy was preceded in death by her husband Wendell Michaelsen; parents Leslie and Vera Kolb; parents-in-law Roy and Minnie Michaelsen; brothers and sister-in-law Wayne and Lois Michaelsen, Sherm Nelson and Al Messick; great-grandson Caleb Michaelsen; and nephew Greg Nelson.   



10:00 a.m., Friday
August  17, 2018
First United Methodist Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Rev. Chad Lierman



Andrew Michaelsen
Ryan Michaelsen
Aaron Michaelsen
Gage Michaelsen
Justin Michaelsen
Nick Woodward

Honorary Pallbearers:

Michelle Kerkhoff
Melissa Butcher
Jennifer Joy Hernandez
Renee' McKay   
Mary Elisa McKay
Rachel Michaelsen
Eric Walters
Erin Roling
Kelly Greco


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Christensen - Van Houten 
Funeral Home
Ida Grove, Iowa


"In The Garden"
"It Is Well With My Soul"
"Softly & Tenderly"


Holstein  Cemetery
Holstein, Iowa


Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 12:44 PM
“We started working together at Food Pride when they first opened 33 yrs ago. Joy was such a wonderful person to work with and a calming voice to listen to. She will be missed a lot. ”
- janice McGuire
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“Scott, I'm so sorry to hear about your mother. Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Betty ”
- Betty (Mildenstein)Dahl
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“Sue, I want to offer my sympathy on the loss of you Mother. May your happy memories help you through this difficult time.”
- JoAnne Seufert
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“Our prayers go out to all of our family members and everyone blessed to know her. We are thinking of you even though we cant be there with you to mourn . God bless you Joy! Love, Carrie, Mendi, and Marcie Michaelsen.”
- Mendi Michaelsen
Friday, August 17, 2018 at 9:37 AM
“To the entire Michaelsen family I want to say I’m very sorry for the passing of your mom. She was always very friendly and treated me as an extension of your family. All of you, and specifically Scott, are in my prayers. I will never forget her. ”
- Dave Hultgren
Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 9:05 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to the family.”
- Jim & Susan Spotts
Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 9:05 AM
“My condolences to Joy's children & loved ones. Joy was such a nice lady
- Scott Vickery
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 10:43 AM
“Sorry to hear about your mom our condolences”
- Kenny @ Anne Thornhill
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 1:54 PM
“Sincere sympathy to Nancy on the loss of your sister. Remember all the memories you shared. Charlotte Tripp”
- Charlotte Tripp
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 1:54 PM
“Scott and family you have our sympathy”
- Jerry and Pat Ruser
Monday, August 13, 2018 at 8:42 AM
“Sorry to hear of Joy's passing. I spoke to her many times during my visits to Willow Dale to see my Mom. Yesterday, I told my Mom that Joy had passed. She was sad & mentioned that Joy was a good friend. Mom will always remember all of the 'May baskets' your Mother delivered. Joy brought 'joy' to so many with those baskets. I also have fun memories at the Michaelsen house growing up. A special 'hello' to Lorna. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time & sending caring thoughts. ”
- Marsha Kjar
Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 9:34 PM
“Sending my sympathy to Joy's family as I remember her quick smile, delightful sense of humor & her gentle nature. Sincerely, Judy”
- Judy Andresen
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