Josephine “Joy” Paetz

Feb. 5, 1932 – Feb. 6, 2019

Josephine “Joy” Marie

Paetz, 87, of Minot died

on Wednesday, February

6, 2019 at Trinity Hospital

while surrounded in love

by her children and


Joy was born on Febru-

ary 5, 1932 in Elbowoods,

North Dakota, the

daughter of George Willi-

am Grinnell and Maggie

(Old Dog) Grinnell. She

was of Mandan, Hidatsa,

and Arikara descent.

Josephine belonged to the

Prairie Chicken Clan and

Child of Dripping Dirt

Clan. She was a fluent

speaker of that Hidatsa

language. Josephine was

known to her family and

friends as Joy.

She received her nurs-

ing training at North

Memorial Hospital in Los

Angeles, California and

later returned to Minot

and worked at Trinity

Hospital. Joy graduated

from Minot State Univer-

sity with honors in 1985

with a Bachelor’s Degree

in Social Work. She

worked at Quentin N.

Burdick Job Corps Center

and retired in 2005.

Joy loved to sew and

made many beautiful

shawls that she would

enter into the Minot State

Fair. She spent most of

her life in Minot, the city

that she loved. She always

said that Minot was

woven with friends she

came to know, and Minot

was her home. She loved

going to the mall and

shops and greeting people

with her friendly warm


Joy is preceded in

death by her mother,

Maggie (Old Dog) Grin-

nell, father, George Grin-

nell, Sr.; son, Raymond

Paetz; sisters, Cecila Grin-

nell, Inez Bird Bear, Rita

Abe, Regina Grinnell and

Perpetua “Pat” Fox; and

her brothers, Richard

Grinnell, Benjamin Grin-

nell and George Grinnell,


Joy’s loving family in-

cludes her children:

Karen Paetz, PhD, North

Dakota, Theodore (Linda)

Paetz, California, Teresa

(Rick) Rakoczy, Minneso-

ta, Hyler (Angie) Howard,

Arizona and Joy Marie

(Brian) Dixon, Idaho. She

had 13 grandchildren and

10 great-grandchildren.

She will be missed by her

many nieces and nephews

whom she referred to as

her own sons and

daughters and their chil-

dren as her grandchil-

dren. Her family was a

source of strength and

love that drove her in life.

She never forgot a birth-

day or a special day in her

grandchildren and great-

grandchildren’s life. She

always remembered them

by sending cards to mark

their special occasion.

Mass of Christian Buri-

al: Monday, February 11,

2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Our

Lady of Grace Catholic

Church, Minot, ND.

Visitation: Sunday from

2 – 5 p.m. followed by a

Vigil Prayer Service and

Recitation of the Holy

Rosary at 5 p.m. at

Thompson-Larson Fun-

eral Home, Minot, ND.

Interment: Rosehill

Memorial Park, Minot,


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