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Joyce Kathleen Allen

November 18, 1942 ~ October 3, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Joyce Allen Obituary

Joyce Kathleen Allen, 80, of Shenandoah, Iowa, formerly of Glenwood, Iowa, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2023, at Shenandoah Medical Center, Shenandoah, Iowa.

A funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, October 9, 2023, at the Goslar Funeral Home Chapel, in Onawa, Iowa, with Pastor Catie Newman, officiating. A live stream of the service will be posted on the Goslar Funeral Home website with Joyce’s obituary. Burial will follow in the Kennebec Cemetery in Rural Castana, Iowa. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the Goslar Funeral Home Chapel, Onawa, Iowa. Arrangements are under the direction of Goslar Funeral Home and Monuments, Onawa, Iowa.

Joyce Kathleen was born November 18, 1942, in Onawa, Iowa, the daughter of Robert “Bob” and Helen Mae (Moore) Allen.

Joyce was admitted to the Glenwood Resource Center at a very young age and resided at that facility until January of 1965, when she moved to Park Place, in Glenwood, Iowa.  Joyce lived there for many years. While in residence, Joyce was transitioned into a vocational work program at a sheltered workshop and was a very good worker. She especially liked to sort cans but she would also participate in the completion of vocational contract work.

In May of 1992, Joyce moved to the Pacific Place facility located in Pacific Junction, Iowa. She continued to regularly work at the facility’s workshop primarily sorting cans.

She enjoyed the social activities available to her, as well as singing, and dancing, attending movies and holiday parties and listening to Country Music.  In 2015, the Pacific Place facility was closed and Joyce moved into a residence in Glenwood, Iowa, where she lived until the end of 2016. On December 1, 2016 Joyce and her roommates moved to Shenandoah, Iowa, and began receiving services from Nishna Productions, Inc. Joyce enjoyed her new home. She was very neat and always made sure all her possessions remained in their special place.  She continued to enjoy listening to music, attending a variety of social activities and sharing her life with her long-time roommates.

Survivors include her sister, June Ottman of Onawa, Iowa; long-time roommates Merna Selsor and Michele Forest; friend, Jane Jacobus; many nieces, nephews, and the many wonderful people that positively touched Joyce’s life, providing care and support to her throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Helen Allen; brothers, Raymond Meeker, and Floyd Allen; sisters, Sandra Hedum, Dora Ham, and infant sister Rose Allen; and sister-in-law, Patty Allen, who was Joyce’s previous guardian.

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October 9, 2023

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Goslar Funeral Home Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040

Funeral Service
October 9, 2023

2:00 PM
Goslar Funeral Home Chapel
1629 10th Street
Onawa, IA 51040


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