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Obituary for Joyce LaNyce Kahler

December 27, 1922 - June 15, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 95


Joyce Kahler died June 15 at her home, the Clairmont, in Austin, Texas. She was born December 27, 1922, in Fairfax, South Dakota to Theodore James and Mildred (Doane) Wilkey.

She attended college at Southern State Normal School in Springfield, South Dakota and earned a two-year teaching certification to teach in a country school.

She married Henry Kahler, Oct.7, 1944. The couple and their two children, LaNyce and LeLund, lived in several places, but settled in Belle Fourche, South Dakota. Joyce, having finished her bachelors degree at Black Hills Teachers College in Spearfish, South Dakota, taught math for many years at the upper elementary level in Belle Fourche.

She received the Annie D. Tallent award, now the Honored Women Educators of South Dakota, recognizing "outstanding women educators who also give distinctive service to their communities." She was an active and involved member of Belle Fourche's St. James Lutheran Church, serving on a variety of boards and committees.

In 1969, Henry and Joyce's son Lelund was killed in combat in Vietnam.

After retirement in 1984, the couple lived every winter in Donna, Texas, both to escape South Dakota winters and to be closer to family. They returned home to Belle Fourche for the summers until 1990 when they moved permanently to Donna. After Henry's death in 1999, Joyce remained in Donna until October, 2008, when she moved to Austin, Texas, and lived at Clairmont Senior Living Facility to be close to her daughter and son-in-law and family.

Always an active member of her community, Joyce was active at the Clairmont. She loved keeping busy and as a Seton Northwest volunteer she crocheted more than 50 blankets for newborns. Joyce also crocheted large afghans for her grandchildrens and great-grandchildren. She gave many beautiful scarves to family and friends. She crocheted countless other items for the craft events at the Clairmont. She took part in every social gathering, especially any involving Skipbo, Bridge, Cribbage, or any other card game.

Family life was important as well. She made many trips with her daughter and son-in-law in their camper, usually to watch birds. She loved family holidays, and was famous for her knipfels, a German potato dish. The family group photo grew as the grandchildren, Erica and Jason, grew, married, and had children. "GiGi" is always pictured in the middle, surrounded by her happy offspring. Family card games were boisterous events.

In later years, her constant companions were care givers, Roshan, Rosie, Maribelle and Dolores. Ever the teacher, Joyce worked hard to teach Maribelle to crochet.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents Theodore and Mildred Wilkey, brother Larry Wilkey, sister Janice Lakota, husband Henry, son Lelund and son-in-law Archie Whittemore. She is survived by her daughter, LaNyce Whittemore, grandchildren, Erica (Allen) Riney and Jason (Jenny) Whittemore, great-grandchildren, Reid and Ryan Riney and Kent and Ellie Whittemore. She is also survived by her brother Craig Wilkey and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service was held Monday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the Clairmont under the direction of Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home.

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