Joleen Bruce

Funeral services for Joleen D. Bruce, 73, of Aurelia were held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at First United Methodist Church in Aurelia. Burial will be at a later date. Redig Funeral Home in Aurelia  was in charge of arrangements.

Joleen Deniece Rapp was born Sept. 4, 1945, the daughter of Ervil and Gladyce (Stutz) Rapp in Aurelia. She graduated from Aurelia High School in 1963. Joleen married Jerry L. Bruce on Jan. 19, 1963 at First United Methodist Church in Aurelia.

Over the years Joleen worked as a school bus driver,  a cook at Sunset Knoll Retirement Home, operated an in-home day care, was a cook for the Aurelia School, worked at Aurelia Day Care, and was the secretary for First United Methodist Church. She retired in September 2016. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, U.M.W., Pythian Sisters, and at the Methodist Church she played the chimes, and assisted with Holy Cows and vacation Bible School. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, golf and cooking and baking. She loved spending time with her kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

Joleen died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, at Buena Vista Regional Medical Center in Storm Lake.

Preceding Joleen in death were her parents, Ervil Rapp and Gladyce Rapp-Cram; her step-father, Duane Cram; two brothers: Darrel Rapp and Kenneth Rapp; two brothers-in-law: Dayton Hunter and Dennis Bruce; and parents-in-law, Cliff and Florence Bruce.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband Jerry Bruce; four children: Tammy and her husband Pat Jones of Fairfield; Deloy and his wife Wendy Bruce of Sioux City; Darin and his wife Angie Bruce of Aurelia; and Trish and her husband Rusty Tracy of Sahuarita, Ariz. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren: Tyler and wife Chaella Youde of Omaha, Neb.; Morae and husband Karl Metcalf of Birmingham; Jacob and wife Ashley Bruce of Cherokee; Jared and wife Molly Bruce of Spirit Lake; Seth and wife Maribeth Bruce of Sioux City; Aaron Bruce of Estherville; Lindsey and husband Gary Reicks of Ankeny; Courtney Bruce of Aurelia; Samantha Tracy, Cole Tracy and Baylie Tracy all of Sahuarita, Ariz.; seven great-grandchildren: Avery, Grady, Cully, Pacey, Nolan, Landon and Lucan; one sister, Susan Hunter of Rockford, Ill.; one brother, Terry and wife Susan Rapp of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters-in-law: Myrna Rapp of Ecuador, and Bobbie Rapp of St. Cloud, Minn.; two brothers-in-law: Danny and wife Kathy Bruce of Vacaville, Calif.; and Terry and wife Sylvia Bruce of Marion; and other relatives and friends.