Joyce Mae Koehler, 78, of McPherson passed away at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 peacefully surrounded by her family at her home.
Joyce was born on her parents farm in rural Claflin on Sept. 8, 1938, a daughter of Velma Agnes (Redetzke) and John Patrick Sauber, Jr.
Joyce attended the Hitchman grade school, Hitchman, Kansas and graduated from Claflin High School, Claflin in 1956.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church McPherson, where Joyce was an active member and past president of the St. Joseph's Altar Society, coordinator for CCD and PSR, chairperson for the funeral meals, a RCIA sponsor, and a Eucharistic Minister.
Joyce was a homemaker and she took great pride in providing for her family in this manner. She also worked in food service for the USD 418 at the McPherson Junior High School, McPherson.
Joyce greatly enjoyed volunteering at Save-N-Share, the Lord's Diner, and other charitable organizations. Joyce loved her family, sewing, gardening, canning, baking, cooking and spending time with her friends.
Joyce was united in marriage to Roger Koehler on July 11, 1959 at St. Catherine's in Dubuque. The young couple established their first home together in Kingman and moved to McPherson in January of 1960.
She is survived by her husband of over 57 years, Roger Koehler, McPherson; her children, DeAnn Koehler and her partner Lisa Lowe, of Austin, Texas, Kevin Koehler and his wife Cindy, of El Dorado, Jamie Larson and her husband Les, of McPherson, Terri Larson and her husband Milo, of McPherson, Tammy Schrag and her husband Andy, of Kingman, Julie Allen and her husband David, of Shawnee, Joni Fincham and her husband Derek, of Houston, Texas, and Jill Koehler and her partner Giselle Scott, of Lawrence; 13 grandchildren, Kyle Koehler, Jarin Koehler, Amber Larson and fiancé Matt Wilson, Landon Larson, Katherine Ramsey, Spencer Ramsey, Timothy Schrag, Sarah Dodge and husband Colt, Rachel Schrag, Tomas Diaz, Geneva Allen, Sydney Allen, Zurich Allen; with one great-granddaughter on the way; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Alvin Joseph Sauber.
Friends are invited to call on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. with rosary to follow at 8:15 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, McPherson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, McPherson, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 with Fr. Hien Nguyen and Fr. Joseph Tatro officiating.
The final resting place will be at the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, Kansas 67460.