Funeral services for Sister Mary Joyce Gagne will be held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Convent Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel in Hankinson. Visitation will take place in the chapel today, Jan. 4, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. today in the chapel.
Sister Mary Joyce was born July 27, 1940, at Drake and died peacefully on Dec. 31, 2012, in her home at the Provincial House at Hankinson. 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 Aug. 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, Minn., and later completed her bachelor's degree in nursing as well as her degree in anesthesiology at Mt. Marty, Yankton, S.D.
Her work took her to Oakes Community Hospital in Oakes; Towner County Hospital, Cando; St. Gerard Community Hospital, Hankinson; and St. Anne's Guest Home in Grand Forks. 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; her stepmother, Johanna Gagne, Minot; three sisters, Viola Keck (Lenzy David), Texarkana, Ark., Stella Havens, Virginia Beach, Va., Leona Hoagland, Minot; three brothers, Jerome Gagne, Dillon, Mont., Thomas (Nancy) Gagne, Minot, Timothy (Donna) Gagne, Minot; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-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, is in charge of the arrangements. Online guestbook: (www.frankfamilyfuneralhome.com).