Joyce Alcorn


Walnut Grove Funeral Home – Walnut Grove, MN


Joyce R. Alcorn

Joyce Rosemary Alcorn, age 79, of Marshall, formerly of Walnut Grove, passed away from complications of stomach cancer on Friday, March 30, 2012 at Prairie Home Hospice House in Marshall, while surrounded by all eleven of her children. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove. 

Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, April 2 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Marshall. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Walnut Grove on Tuesday.  Interment is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Walnut Grove.   Stephens Funeral Service – Walnut Grove Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 

Joyce R. (Johnson) Alcorn was born May 6, 1932 in Bronson, Iowa, to Harry G. and Kathryn (Kingsbury) Johnson.  She was baptized and confirmed in Sioux City, Iowa.  Joyce graduated from Bronson High School and Morningside School of Business.

On December 27, 1952, Joyce was united in marriage to Robert Alcorn in Sioux City, Iowa.  Together the couple had eleven children. Joyce was a very patient, generous person and always put others before herself. She was always willing to help others, and always said “yes” to any task.  She loved visiting family and friends, quilting, gardening and canning. Joyce was known for her tremendous baking and cooking abilities. She loved watching all Minnesota sports teams. Above all, Joyce loved caring for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joyce is survived by all of her children: Betty (Ron) Kassel, Billy (Tara) Alcorn, Becky (Kerry) Knakmuhs, Ron (Toni) Alcorn, Don (Lisa) Alcorn, Barb (Mark) Olson, John (Sue) Alcorn, Jeanne (Dwight) Anderson, Nancy (Mark) Lintner, Tony (Patty) Alcorn and Ben Alcorn; grandchildren: Megan Mattison, Tyson Kassel, Dustin Alcorn, David Alcorn, Cody Alcorn, Nash Alcorn, Matthew Knakmuhs, Nate Knakmuhs, Andrea Porter, Justin Knakmuhs, Amber Whalen, Holly Eisen, Spencer Alcorn, Blake Alcorn, Heather Alcorn, Robert Alcorn, Maria Alcorn, Christy Alcorn, Erica Olson, Jessica Olson, Gretchen Anderson, Taylor Doyle, Emma Doyle, Andrew Doyle, Brandon Anderson, Hannah Anderson, Shannon Anderson, Emily Lintner, Chase Alcorn and Eli Alcorn; great grandchildren: Aidan Mattison, Ethan Mattison, Logan Alcorn, Lauren Alcorn, Henry Alcorn, Eleanor Alcorn, Noah Knakmuhs, Lauren Knakmuhs, Orion Knakmuhs, Ella Knakmuhs, Ian Knakmuhs, Leighton Porter, Henry Whalen, Cormic Whalen, Murphy Whalen, Maisy Eisen, Sawyer Eisen, Lilah Alcorn and Avery Olson; brother Howard (Pat) Johnson; sister Mary (Dean) Schager; sisters-in-law Laura Johnson and JoAnn Johnson.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert in September of 2011, granddaughter Mallory Rose Anderson, and brothers Don Johnson and Connie Johnson.


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