On January 22, 2016, at Riverview Health Centre, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Joyce Viola Kasdorf (nee Adrian) went home to be with her Lord and Savior, at 70 years of age.
Joyce was born to John P. and Marie Adrian on June 12, 1945 in Hepburn, Saskatchewan. She grew up on a dairy farm in the Lakeburg School District near Hepburn, where she also attended school. She grew up in a Christian home and early in life she embraced the Christian faith when she received the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior and was baptized upon confession of her faith. Her personal devotions were always an important part of her daily life, and she consistently prayed for us as family and friends.
Her employment and voluntary service took her to a few places like North Battleford, SK and Pambrun, SK but for the most part she worked and served as a Special Care Aid at the Nursing Home on the Youth Farm at Rosthern SK. She loved her work, she loved the seniors and they loved her. She brought with her, to the work place, an atmosphere of joy, laughter, love and care. (At times it also included pranks!)
In 1971, while working at the Nursing home, Joyce started a Bible Study with some of the girls she was working with. The Lord blessed that ministry, and the Bible study not only grew in numbers, but lives were being changed as girls gave their hearts to Jesus and committed to live for Him. Soon a Bible study started for the boys as well. This quickly grew into a larger youth ministry known as “Truth for Youth”. Many young people came to the Lord during those years. She was very involved in so many of their lives through listening, counselling and praying with them.
Joyce loved her church and after 12 years of “Truth for Youth” her ministry focus shifted more toward women’s ministries, in her home church and speaking at ladies retreats, etc. She had the gift of hospitality and her doors were always open for nieces and nephews and others to come and stay overnight.
Joyce left a rich legacy and will be greatly missed by her husband Frank, two daughters, Shannon (Sean) Francey, Riley, Reese; Jodene (Colin) Neufeld, Brooklyn, Liv, Roan, Jude; Step mother Elizabeth Adrian, Lethbridge; one sister and four brothers; Ron (Dora) Adrian, Morden; Wilmer (Phyllis) Adrian, Waldheim; Dorothy (Jake) Fehr, Bolivia; Cliff (Deanna) Adrian, Medicine Hat; Em (Linda) Adrian, Lethbridge; brother-in-law Bill and Jean Neudorf, Abbotsford; honorary family members Bryan and Esther Funk, Rosthern; numerous nephews and nieces and many friends. Joyce was predeceased by her parents John P. and Marie Adrian and her sister Erma.
We wish to thank our church family and pastoral staff and all our friends and family for their support and prayers. We also wish to thank the medical team at Cancer Care and Riverview Health Centre for their kindness and care. Thank you to the staff at Friends Funeral Home for your help in this difficult time.
… we do not grieve like the rest of mankind who have no hope… (1 Thess. 4:13)