M. Joyce MitzelM. Joyce Mitzel, 87, Breckenridge, MN, passed away Sunday, December 23, 2012 at St. Francis Healthcare Campus, Breckenridge, MN. The Funeral Service will be Friday, December 28, 11:00 a.m., at Breckenridge Lutheran Church, Breckenridge, MN. There will be visitation Thursday, from 5 PM to 7 PM at Willow Creek Chapel, Wahpeton and one hour before the service at the church on Friday. Interment will be held at Fairview Memorial Gardens, Wahpeton, at a later date. Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, have been entrusted with the services.
Joyce was born Feb. 8, 1925 in Wahpeton, ND, to Julius and Manda (Grinager) Hudson. Joyce graduated from Wahpeton High School and State School of Science. She was united in marriage to Ivan R. Mitzel on October 21, 1943 and the couple moved to Breckenridge, MN, where they raised their two children. Joyce was homemaker and book keeper for Hudson & Mitzel Contractors. In September of 1965 she started working in the office at St. Francis Nursing Home in Breckenridge. She received her administrators' license gradually as she worked up to the positions of office manager, assistant administrator and personnel. Joyce retired from St. Francis in August 1990. After her retirement she spent many years volunteering for St. Francis Auxiliary. Over the years she accumulated over 10,000 hours; 40 years of service as an employee and volunteer at St. Francis Home.