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Published January 04, 2013, 12:00 AM

Sister Mary Joyce Gagne, O.S.F.

Funeral services for Sister Mary Joyce Gagne will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013, 1 o’clock p.m. at St. Francis Convent Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Hankinson, ND. Visitation will take place in the chapel on Friday, January 4th from 2:30—4:30 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. in the chapel.

Sister Mary Joyce was born on July 27, 1940 at Drake, ND and died peacefully on December 31, 2012 in her home at the Provincial House at Hankinson, ND. Sister was received into the Novitiate of the Dillingen Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on July 7, 1960 and her perpetual vows were professed August 15, 1966. Sister had celebrated her Golden Jubilee on June 27, 2012.

Sister Mary Joyce Gagne, O.S.F.

Funeral services for Sister Mary Joyce Gagne will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2013, 1 o’clock p.m. at St. Francis Convent Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, Hankinson, ND. Visitation will take place in the chapel on Friday, January 4th from 2:30—4:30 p.m. with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. in the chapel.

Sister Mary Joyce was born on July 27, 1940 at Drake, ND and died peacefully on December 31, 2012 in her home at the Provincial House at Hankinson, ND. Sister was received into the Novitiate of the Dillingen Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary on July 7, 1960 and her perpetual vows were professed August 15, 1966. Sister had celebrated her Golden Jubilee on June 27, 2012.

Sister Joyce was among the members of the last class of graduates of St. Francis School of Nursing, Breckenridge, MN and later completed her Bachelor’s Degree in nursing as well as her degree in anesthesiology at Mt. Marty, Yankton, SD. Her work took her to Oakes Community Hospital, Oakes, ND; Towner County Hospital, Cando, ND; St. Gerard Community Hospital, Hankinson, ND and St. Anne’s Guest Home in Grand Forks, ND. Sister Joyce retired from the medical field in 2000 to accept the receptionist position at St. Anne’s. In 2009, she returned to the Provincial House to assist with caring for her Sisters and to become the driver for many trips for Sisters who were unable to drive.

Sister Joyce experienced numerous health problems throughout the years, yet her deep faith in her God enabled her to continue to serve others. She often said the most gratifying part of her work had been to serve people and help them to regain their health. In her semi-retirement, she found much time for her spiritual life, with her daily intention being for the conversion of the whole world...that people would come back to God.

Sister Mary Joyce is survived by her Franciscan Community of Sisters, Hankinson, ND;her stepmother Johanna Gagne, Minot, ND; three sisters: Viola Keck (Lenzy David), Texarkana, Arkansas; Stella Havens, Virginia Beach, Virginia; Leona Hoagland, Minot, ND; three brothers: Jerome Gagne, Dillon, Montana;Thomas (Nancy) Gagne, Minot, ND; Timothy (Donna) Gagne, Minot, ND and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Regina Gagne; her brothers Michael and Kenneth Gagne and her sister Rita Gagne.

Frank Family Funeral Home, Hankinson, ND is in charge of the arrangements. On-line guestbook: www.frankfamilyfuneralhome.com

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