The Ottumwa Courier

April 6, 2013

Joyce Jasper, 77, Ottumwa


OTTUMWA — Joyce Elaine Jasper, 77, of High Amana, formerly of Ottumwa, died April 4, 2013, at the Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha.

Joyce Elaine Pilcher was born Feb. 1, 1936, in Ottumwa, the daughter of Harold and Elberta (Smith) Pilcher. In December 1955, she married her husband, William G. Jasper, in Ottumwa.

Together they had a woodworking business, Jasper Furniture, for 20 years. Joyce enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles, word search, reading, furniture finishing and in her youth, camping and horseback riding.

A special thanks to Mercy Medical Center (Cedar Rapids) and the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy (Hiawatha) for the staff’s compassion, kindness and excellent care they provided Joyce during her illness.

Survivors include her son, William R. Jasper and Catherine Oehl of East Amana; and his children, Holly Jasper of North Liberty, Daniel (Anne) Jasper and great-grandson, Theodore of New York and William O. Jasper of Marengo; her son, LaVerne (Kelcy) Jasper of Marengo and his children, BreAnn Jasper, RaeLynn Jasper and Mallory Jasper, all of Marengo; her brothers, Kenneth (Janet) Pilcher and Robert (Caroline) Pilcher, all of Ottumwa; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Elberta Pilcher; and her husband, William G. Jasper, in 2001.

A memorial service will be held at a later time.

A memorial fund has been established in Joyce’s name.

Iowa Cremation is assisting the family. Please leave a message, tribute or memory to Joyce’s family on our webpage, under Obituaries.

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