Joyce Macek, age 81 of Algona, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the Good Samaritan Society-Algona. Funeral services were Friday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Algona with the Rev. Cynthia Finn officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Fort Dodge. Visitation was Thursday, May 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lentz Funeral Home, Algona, and on Friday until one hour prior to the services at the church.
Gloria Joyce Macek, the daughter of James and Doris (Waldo) Averill, was born Sept. 15, 1937, in Jefferson. Joyce graduated from Jefferson High School in 1955. On June 2, 1957, Joyce was united in marriage to Ronald Gene Macek in Fort Dodge.
Joyce enjoyed a successful retail career spanning 24 years, starting as manager, then as a group manager and culminating in being the first female district manager for Salkin and Linoff, a retail clothing firm. Joyce mentored many young women by working with the fashion merchandising programs at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls and Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, where she was president of the program. She also served as president of the Crossroads Mall Association in Fort Dodge for two consecutive terms. After retiring from Salkin and Linoff, Joyce continued her retail dream of owning her own store by opening Carousel and Company, a children’s clothing store.
Joyce was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona. She was an adventurous person and showed it by taking flying lessons and even soloing. She was an avid fisherwoman and was known to always have a rod and reel with her when traveling on her job. Joyce loved her family, especially her grandchildren; she always kept up with their school and sports activities with pride.
Joyce is survived by her children, Steven (Betsy) Macek of Goffstown, N.H., and Stacy (Kent) Barber of Algona; grandchildren, Brandon Macek of Manchester, N.H., Justin Macek of Vista, Calif., Ian Barber of Iowa City, and her very special granddaughter, Connor Barber of Atlanta, Ga.; sister Toni (Phillip) Roberts of Rippey; sisters-in-law, Veronica Averill of Fort Dodge and Marylee Michel of Boone; and brother-in-law, Robert Macek of Mason City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Ronald; a brother, James Averill; and many Macek brothers and sisters-in-law.
Joyce's video tribute may be viewed at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.