Joyce Velva Ahola 1931-2020


Joyce Velva  Ahola, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2020 in her home surrounded by her loving family.

A memorial service to celebrate Joyce’s life will be held at 11:00 am. Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church ( #1 Bachrach Court Decatur, IL. 62526). A private internment will be in Graceland Cemetery Decatur. Pastor Wray Offermann will be officiating. A luncheon will follow the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or The Lutheran School Association. Tanzyus-Logan Funeral Service and Care is in charge of the arrangement.

Joyce was born in May of 1931 in Menominee, Michigan to Algernon F. and Velva M. Sharer. Joyce graduated from Menominee, MI., High School in 1948 and from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI., in 1952. Joyce taught business at St. Teresa High School in Decatur, IL. from 1968-1976 and was a part-time volunteer typing teacher at the Lutheran School Association for the 8th grade from 1980-1989.

Joyce was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Decatur where she was an active member of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Woman to Woman, and a Stephen Minister. She was a Sunday School teacher and a high school Bible Class teacher for 44 years.

Joyce married Jacob W. Ahola in Glenview, IL., in January of 1953. He preceded her in death in February of 1990.

Surviving are her sons, Jack (Carole) of Decatur, David of Decatur, Mark (Debra) of Niskayuna, N.Y., grandsons, Jacob Ahola, Eric Ahola of Decatur, Louis Ahola of New York, step-grandchildren, Christy (Philip) Winfrey of Nashville, TN., Kerrie (Jeff) Dingman of Decatur Joshua (Lorena) Chamblin of Mt. Zion, IL., nine step-great grandchildren and three step-great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her brother, Donn Sharer.

The family would like to thank the Staff of DMH Hospice for their care for Joyce.

Please sign the family guestbook.

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