Joy Tjaden Boyken

July 31, 1940 — September 6, 2019

Funeral services for Joy Tjaden Boyken will be at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Titonka. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Oakcrest Funeral Services in Titonka. Burial will be in Good Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Titonka. Online condolences may be left at

Joy Tjaden was born July 31, 1940, at the Tjaden farm in rural Titonka. She was the fifth child of Stephen and Flora (Bruns) Tjaden. Joy was baptized into the Christian faith on Sept. 15, 1940, at Good Hope Lutheran Church and was confirmed April 3, 1955, at Good Hope Lutheran Church.

Joy attended Ramsey Township #7 school through third grade. When that school closed, she attended Titonka Consolidated School where she was involved in many school activities. She graduated from Titonka Consolidated High School in May of 1958. She then attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in May of 1962. Upon graduation from college, she entered the teaching profession and taught in the public schools at Wapato, Wash., and Portland,
Ore. She then taught in the Department of Defense Schools in Bremerhaven and Ramstein, Germany, and while in Germany, traveled extensively throughout Europe. Upon returning to the states, she taught in public schools in Wapato, Wash., and Manchester and Grinnell, Iowa. While teaching, Joy became an avid skier, skiing in the mountains of the western U.S as well as in the Alps in Europe. She also became a proficient golfer.

Joy married Allan Boyken on June 13, 1968, at Good Hope Lutheran Church and they lived in Marshalltown, Iowa, for about five years. To this union, three sons were born. Joy was a dedicated and caring mother raising her three sons. While in Marshalltown, she joined Elim Lutheran Church. In 1973, she moved back to Titonka with her family and rejoined Good Hope Lutheran Church.

Joy served 21 years on the Titonka Consolidated School School Board. She also became interested in woodcarving, organized various woodcarving classes, organized the Titonka Woodcarvers Guild and also organized the Waldorf Woodcarving Seminars which ran for 17 years. In addition, she was active in various community and church activities.

Joy was an outgoing, optimistic person. She stayed active in spite of living with Multiple Sclerosis for over 40 years. In addition, she lived with and battled Multiple Myeloma for 12 years. She died on Sept. 6, 2019, at the Titonka Care Center after a two-week stay there.

Joy is survived by her husband of 51 years, Allan; her sons, Aaron, Marshall (Miya) and Lucas (Sheri); her eight grandchildren; her brother, Dr. Herbert (Alice) Tjaden; her sister, Lorna (Karl) Tjaden; her sister-in-law, Barbara Tjaden; and by a host of nephews and nieces. She is also survived by brothers-in-law, Dr. Mark (Barb) Boyken, Karl (Diane) Boyken and Quentin (Inez) Boyken, and by sister-in-law Carolyn Boyken.

Joy was preceded in death by her sister, Marjorie Rand; her brother, William Tjaden; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Boyken; and brother-in-law, Jeffrey Boyken.

Joy always expressed appreciation for all of the prayers and support she received from her family, community and friends and was often heard to say during her illness that she could feel the power of prayer. She was also appreciative of the wonderful care she received from Mayo Clinic over the years.

She expressed the wish that any memorials be given to the Titonka Care Center Generator Fund; Good Hope Lutheran Church in Titonka; The Gift of Life Transplant House in Rochester, Minn.; or the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

The family would like to thank everyone for their many acts of kindness and expressions of sympathy and invite everyone to a time of fellowship following the church service.

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