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Joyce M. Rutherford
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Joyce M. Rutherford, age 74, of Annandale and formerly of St. Cloud died Tuesday at the Annandale Care Center. A Celebration of Life gathering of family and friends will be from 2-4 pm Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids. A prayer service will take place at 4:00 pm. Joyce was an AVID Vikings fan and loved purple. Please consider showing your purple pride to honor Joyce at her Celebration of Life gathering.
Joyce was born July 21, 1943 in West Union to Arnold & Agnes (Schmidt) Nathe. She married John W. Rutherford on August 3, 1968 at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Sauk Centre, MN. Joyce and her family lived in Benson until 1983. The family then moved to Willmar where Joyce attended the Sales and Marketing program at the then Willmar Area Vocational and Technical Institute (WAVTI). Joyce was very proud of that degree! She worked at Butters clothing store, then manager of the Mens Department at Herbergers until being hired as a manager at Gordon’s Jewelry Store. In 1987, Joyce was promoted to Store Manager at the Crossroads location in St Cloud. Joyce, John & Vern then moved to St. Cloud at that time. She worked for Gordon’s for many years. She later worked for Finley Jewelry which was the fine jewelry counter at Marshall Fields in the Crossroads Mall. Due to Alzheimer’s, Joyce retired earlier than she wanted to.
Survivors include her husband John of St. Cloud; children, Lisa Rutherford of Monticello; Vernon (Amber) Rutherford of St. Augusta; grandchildren, Noah, Jayden, Alexander, and Abrielle; sisters and brothers, Dorothy Mae Klaphake, Richard Nathe, Thomas Nathe, Michael Nathe, Geraldine Dirkes, Mary Rieland, Mark Nathe, John Nathe, Ronald Nathe, and Laura Muehlenhardt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Kenneth and Paul Nathe; a grandchild born into Heaven; and nephew, Greg Dirkes, as well as other extended family and dear friends.
Joyce loved her family, ADORED her grandchildren with every ounce of her being until Alzheimer’s took her from this earth. She loved to laugh and have fun. She was an incredible sales person, and knew EVERYONE by name and knew their story. Joyce always made you feel special and important!
A private ceremony at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery will be set at a later (hopefully warmer) time.
Please consider a donation in honor of Joyce to the Alzheimer's Association.

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2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Homes-Sauk Rapids

324 2nd Avenue South
Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

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Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery

15550 Hwy 115
Little Falls, MN 56345


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