1923-2012

Joyce Roecker, 89, of Manning, died at Manning Plaza Nursing Home on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.  

Visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Ohde Funeral Home in Manning.

Funeral will be at Ohde Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Friday.

The Rev. Robert Gralapp and Pastor Mike Warrick will be officiating.  

Music will be “He Touched Me” by vocalist Orval Roecker, “How Great Thou Art” and “I Hope You Dance,” with Organist Anne Muhlbauer.

Casket bearers will be Jason Hacker, Pat Leach, Terry Hunter, Ed Meiers, Adam Leach, Scott Angell and Penny Leach.

Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manning.

Joyce, daughter of Harold and Florence/Flossie (Vollmer) Hunter was born March 8, 1923, near Manning. The Hunter family moved into the town of Manning when Joyce was a small child.  She attended school there and graduated from Manning High School in 1941.

On Feb. 19, 1946, Joyce married Donald Roecker at the Sacred Heart Church in Manning.  Their daughter, Sandie, was born and adopted in 1948. They made their first home on the farm near Manning, but lived in several places before settling in Denison.

Joyce worked as an assistant for a dentist and chiropractor before she found her niche as the Kuemper Knights dance team teacher.  Joyce had a passion for the performing arts.  

She headed the drama department at Kuemper and choreographed their musicals. She was also a very talented singer.  

She sang for several county fairs, on Channel 3’s Jimmy Barnett’s Orchestra and at 42 weddings. Joyce went on to be a professional dancer and singer and was able to perform with four different famous bands. She even choreographed one of the “Lawrence Welk Shows.” Joyce was a busy person and considered her job her hobby. Joyce’s faith in God was a very important to her. She never missed mass if she could help it.  She prayed often and for anyone and everyone, whether needed or not. She loved God with all her hear, mind and soul. In her free time she enjoyed playing cards and entertaining her family and friends.

After Donald passed away in 1999 Joyce lived a couple years on her own. She moved to Manning Plaza Nursing Home in 2001. She made many memorable relationships there with other residents and staff. She kept busy playing cards, watching television and visiting with family and friends.  

Joyce is survived by her granddaughter Kris (Mike) Warrick of Omaha, Neb.; great-granddaughter Alyssa Warrick of Omaha, Neb.; nieces Penny (Pat) Leach of Omaha, Neb.; Jacqui (Randy) Otto of Shawnee, Kan.; nephew Terry Hunter of Carroll; great-nieces and -nephews and other relatives and friends.