January 9, 1931 ~ September 24, 2020

Born in: Almond, Minnesota
Resided in: Beulah, Colorado

Joyce M. (Running) Janssen, 89, was born on Jan. 9, 1931, in Almond, Minn. to LuVerne and Laura (Casper) Running. She was raised on her parent’s farm and graduated from Graceville High School. She married Keith L. Janssen on March 19, 1950, in Graceville, Minn. They later moved to North Dakota and began their time owning and running a chain of Ben Franklin Stores which they continued until they retired. They raised two sons and two daughters together and spent their time between their homes, and weekend getaways at their cabin at Lake Metigoshe. Joyce was always a wonderful homemaker and loved cooking and baking. She also enjoyed spending time with her many friends and was very involved with her church. Her favorite hobbies have always been quilting and sewing. She also enjoyed knitting, crochet, hardanger and other forms of needlework. Joyce passed away on Sept. 24, 2020 at the home of her youngest daughter, Pam, in Beulah, Colo. She was preceded in death by her parents, LuVerne and Laura (Casper) Running; and her husband of 65 years, Keith Janssen. She is survived by her four children, Cynthia (Rick) Johnson of Mandan, N.D., Lee (Bonnie) Janssen of Queen Creek, Ariz, Jay (Rose) Janssen of Devils Lake, N.D., and Pam (Justin) Youngren of Beulah, Colo; eight grandchildren, Darrell Johnson, Justin Johnson, Travis Johnson, Lisa McAndrews, Aaron Janssen, Brandon Janssen, Jennifer Johnson and Janelle Hanson; and 16 great-grandchildren.   Interment, 3 p.m. Oct. 5, 2020, where she will be laid to rest alongside her husband at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, N.D. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. I got to know Joyce through quilt guild in Williston. She always brought her own joy to any undertaking. I feel blessed to have known her.

  2. Bonnie and Lee,
    We are saddened to hear this news but we know Joyce was ready. She was such a kind, caring person and always asked about our son because he had worked out at their home one summer. Very thoughtful. We pray you are finding comfort in your many memories. God’s peace and love.

  3. CandleImageJoyce and Keith were a part of our “Weekend Family” during the High School Rodeo Years. She was such a good spirit. I don’t think I ever heard her yell….even when Pam and I gave her good reason. I’m sure her and Keith will be watching over their family from Heaven.

    • Thank you Karla. Yes she is missed so very much. Love your mom like you never have before. Life is forever changed when they are gone.

  4. Oh Joyce you and Keith always made Paul and I feel like we were part of your family
    Give him a hug for me and be at peace

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