Joyce J. Fredrickson, 94Joyce Jeanette Fredrickson, 94, died Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City, Wis.
Joyce Jeanette Fredrickson, 94, died Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Plum City Care Center in Plum City, Wis.
She was born April 23, 1918, in Plum City to Arthur and Lydia (Staehli) Fredrickson. She grew up in the Plum City community and graduated from the Plum City High School in 1935. She attended college in River Falls, Wis., and graduated from the Kahler Hospitals School of Nursing in Rochester, Minn., on May 26, 1945. After graduation, she did private-duty work at the Kahler Hospital then worked 7 years at the City Hospital in Red Wing, Minn.
On Jan. 9, 1953, she reported for active duty in the U.S. Navy. She took her basic naval training at St. Albans, N.Y., then transferred to the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Md., and remained there until January of 1955. From there, she went to the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., until August of 1958; Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands until September of 1959; then to the U.S. Naval Hospital at Yokosuka, Japan, until November of 1960. While stationed overseas, she traveled to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Thailand, and New Delhi. Her next line of duty was at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif., until November of 1963; U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, N.C., until December 1966; Lemoore Naval Station, Calif., until December of 1968; and then to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Rota, Spain, until January of 1971. While in Spain, she traveled to Germany, France, Switzerland, and Africa. Her last duty station was at Millington, Tenn., which ended her career as a lieutenant commander serving almost 21 years of active duty in the U.S. Navy Nurses Corps. She was honorably discharged Oct. 31, 1973.
After retirement from the Navy, she worked at the U.S. Public Health Service Indian Hospital in Talihina, Okla., from 1973 to 1974. In August of 1974, she attended the Dallas, Texas Bible College and graduated in May of 1977.
After August of 1978, she had made her home at Plum City and Durand, Wis. She did home nursing for elderly residents in Durand. She was a chartered member of the Baptist Church in Durand.
From June of 2006-June 2010, she made her home at the Homeplace at Durand. On Aug. 23, 2010, she became a resident at the Plum City Care Center.
Joyce was a very intellectual person, both in the medical field and remembering poems she had learned in grade school, one of which was “A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, of which she could recite the verses along with all the verses of many hymns.
She is survived by her brother Earl of Plum City; sister, Edna Rundquist of Red Wing, Minn.; sister-in-law, Marlys Fredrickson of Ellsworth, Wis.; and nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents and brothers Raymond, Donald, Harry, and Lyle.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Evangelical Free Church in Plum City. Pastor Phillip Bloomdahl officiating. Burial will be at the Free Home Cemetery, south of Plum City, at a later date. Friends may call 1 hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday.
Goodrich Funeral Home in Durand, Wis., is assisting the family. To express condolences online, please visit obituaries at www.goodrichfh.com.
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