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Joyce Helen OKAN

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  • Name Joyce Helen OKAN 
    Gender Female 
    Died 24 Mar 2019  Roseville, Ramsey, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Crystal Lake Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Wedding Announcement: The Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska) 25 Sep 1949, Sun.
      "Mrs. R. W. Rosene
      Gethsemane Lutheran church in Minneapolis was the scene of the wedding Sept. 17 at 4 o'clock in the afternoon of Miss Joyce Helen Okan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Okan, of Minneapolis to Robert Windom Rosene. Rev. S. M. Tweeten performed the ceremony, in a setting of white gladioli and palms lighted by candelabra.
      Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a gown of ivory satin fashioned with a train. Her veil of bridal illusion was fingertip length.
      Miss Gloria Ries served as maid of honor. The bridesmaids were Miss Lorraine Okan of Minneapolis and Miss Yvonne Savig of St. Cloud, Minn.
      Phillip Rosene was best man. The ushers were Roy Okan, Elmer Christensen, both of Minneapolis; Merle Laughlin, Chet Dekka, both of Chicago; Duane Deal and Owen Brainard.
      A reception was held in the church parlors.
      After a two week wedding trip thru Canada, the couple will reside in Dubuque, Ia., where the bridegroom is a civil engineer.
      Mrs. Rosene attended the University of Minnesota where she was a Toastmistress and member of L.S.A. A former student of the University of Nebraska, Mr. Rosene is a member of Theta Tau and Toastmasters."


      Email: joyce964@juno.com

      Email to G. Lowell dated July 12, 2005:
      Subject: Thanks for a great surprise!
      “Two of our children, oldest daughter and our oldest and only son, were visiting when your e-mail came. They are both very interested, and my curiosity about where Emma and Olga were raised and why all three were not with their mother may be solved, or at least somewhat clearer. My grandfather doted on our mother, and from what I know he would have enjoyed those children. There must have been some reason for the separation. Uncle Henry lived in Nels’ house, as you know. It is right across from Gethsemane Lutheran Church where most of our family were baptized, confirmed, and married. It was a Norwegian Lutheran Church and had lovely script with the verse about Gethsemane in Norwegian. Somewhere along the way, the carved piece on the alter was changed and English was submitted! I don’t understand Norwegian, but felt bad when the change was made.

      I am looking through a scrapbook my brother Roy prepared for me, and we will send you text and pictures as best we can. I have a picture of my mother and her father which is lovely, but not one of her mother. Our middle daughter, Barb, has learned much about genealogy from her mother-in-law. She will be very excited! Youngest daughter is not as active in family history, but will be thrilled with the material when she comes home.

      I am so sorry that my brother Roy Okan died about 2 years ago. He was the family historian and had done quite a bit of work on the Okan family. He resembled our mother in coloring and would have delighted in searching for more information. I will share some of the times I remember Olga and Emma. They were very few, and post cards and letters were the main connection. Uncle Henry and his wife Layette were my godparents, and since he lived in the same block as my father, we felt we had always known him.

      We have company this week, and a great nephew and family are coming next week, so I am swamped, but did look at some pictures and certificates which I will send to you.

      How nice to have the family expand, when so many are no longer with us.

      Joyce Rosene et al”

      Email of July 13, 2005
      Subject: Corrections

      “I read over my e-mail to you this morning, and found two strange corrections. Sometimes spell check does not think as I do! “the piece on the alter was changed and English was substituted...” and Uncle Henry’s wife was Loretta!

      My husband Bob had a mishap at our cabin yesterday and is in the hospital overnight and perhaps for a day or two. He injured tendons and a muscle in his right leg...is fine, but scolding himself. Our daughter from Alaska is here. She is helping her daughter do a final pack for a high school exchange in Perth, Australia! Marilyn, dtr, returns to Alaska Sunday morning. Our second oldest grandaughter returns from a music tour in Germany, France, and Italy Thursday night. We are a family filled with teachers and other school jobs, so are not completely crazy, and you may get used to us!!!

      Joyce”

      Obituary, Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota) 4 April 2019, Thursday
      "Rosene, Joyce H. (nee Okan)
      Age 92 of Roseville. Joyce passed away March 24, 2019, with her four children by her side.
      She is survived by Robert, her husband of 69 years; son, Richard (Sara) Rosene; daughters, Marilyn (Richard Thompson) Rosene, Barbara (Charles Rose) Rosene and Laurel (John) Theis; 8 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren and one due in April, several nieces, nephews, and many friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Obert and Helen Okan; brother, Roy Okan and sister, Lois Okan. Joyce was born and raised in Minneapolis, embraced by a loving Norwegian family. She attended Edison and graduated from Patrick Henry High School. While attending the University of Minnesota, Joyce rode the streetcar to and from campus. Joyce met Bob through Toastmasters/Toastmistress Club at the U of M in 1947. She graduated in 1949 with a bacherlor's degree in sociology, psychology, and speech. Bob and Joyce were married in September 1949. In addition to raising four children, Joyce earned a master's degree in religious studies in 1973, was ordained a Deacon in 1974 earned a Master of Divinity in 1977 and ordained an Elder in 1978. She served as associate pastor for 7 years at Hamline United Methodist Church, and 10 years in various assistant pastor positions at Centennial UMC. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials are preferred. To: Koronis Ministries Tabernacle Fund, North Star Museum of Boy Scouting and Girl Scouting, or Centennial United Methodist Church. Memorial Service 3 PM Sunday, April 7th (visitation 1:30-3 PM) at Centennial United Methodist Church, 1524 W. Co. Rd C-2, Roseville. Interment Crystal Lake Cemetery Mpls."
    Person ID I5048  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

    Father Obert B. OKAN,   b. 7 Mar 1898, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1951, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Helen Caroline HOITOMT,   b. 10 Dec 1899, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Mar 1992, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Family ID F1960  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert Windom ROSENE 
    Married 17 Sep 1949  Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Richard Alan ROSENE
    +2. Marilyn ROSENE
    +3. Barbara ROSENE
    +4. Laurel Marie ROSENE
    Last Modified 9 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F1962  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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