Joyce Anderson

Joyce Anderson

Joyce Anderson

Cedar Rapids

Joyce Anderson, 84, of Cedar Rapids, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at The Gardens of Cedar Rapids. She joined her beloved husband John on their 63rd wedding anniversary. Celebration of Life services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2024, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling Street SW with a lunch to follow at the Czech Museum. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 5, 2024, at Brosh Chapel.

Joyce was born on November 13, 1939, in Cedar Rapids, IA, the daughter of Emil and Evelyn (Petrak) Lamparek. She graduated from Cedar Rapids Jefferson

High School, Class of 1958, and later earned a degree from Coe College. Joyce was united in marriage to JohnT. Anderson, on June 18, 1961,

at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Cedar Rapids.

Joyce is survived by

her daughter Heidi Hadley of Ames; her son John (Marie Strilich) Anderson of Swisher; three grandchildren, Jordan Vargason, Haleigh Hadley and John T. Anderson V; step-grandchild Josh Vargason and his daughters Mariah and Nora Vargason; her sister Judith Lanum of Roanoke, Virginia; brother-in-law Jim (Jan) Anderson of Shueyville; brother-in-law Niles (Linda) Gardemann of Cedar Rapids; as well as her nieces and nephews.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 56 years, John T. Anderson Jr., her brother-in-law John H. Lanum, sister-in-law Diane Gardemann and son-in-law Todd Hadley.

Joyce was an avid gardener and volunteer. She spent 48 years volunteering at Prairie View Elementary helping kids learn to read and use computers. She also made annual donations to the Prairie View library so kids could purchase books to read. She was involved in 4-H since her youth when she joined the College Chickadees and then became their leader for 43 years. She was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2018. In the summer, Joyce spent most of her day planting flowers on the berm behind her house on Edgewood Road. After the Derecho, many people benefited from her generosity as they harvested bulbs and plants from her gardens. The family is glad her flowers can make so many people happy. She was also very proud of her lifelong contributions to the Czech Museum and the joy they give people.

Joyce touched many lives with her generosity and her wealth of knowledge on plants, gardening and antiques. She will be greatly missed.

Memorials may be directed to the Czech Museum, College Community Foundation or Iowa 4-H Foundation.

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