Joyce Elaine Klinger


October 23, 1940 - February 10, 2011


Joyce Elaine Klinger was born October 23, 1940 to Harold & Marie (Goldammer) Uptagrafft at Mitchell, SD.  On November 24, 1940 she was baptized and on December 13, 1959 she was confirmed at FirstLutheranChurch, Mitchell, SD.  She grew up in the Mitchell area, attending PlanoElementary School and in 1960 graduated from MitchellHigh School.


On August 20, 1961, she married Rodney Klinger at FirstLutheranChurch, Mitchell, SD.  They lived and farmed in the Fulton, SD area.  She worked at the DailyRepublic and as a food demonstrator at several local grocery stores in Mitchell, SD.  Her role as homemaker was the most rewarding and fulfilling job.  She enjoyed sewing and craft work.


She was a longtime member of St. Martin’s LutheranChurch, Alexandria, SD.


She is survived by her husband, Rodney; and daughters, Sandy Rokusek and husband, Mark of Gillette, WY and Julie Lind and husband, Jason of East Bethel, MN; four grandsons: Ryan and Adam Rokusek both of Gillette, WY and Henrik & Wyatt Lind both of East Bethel, MN; three sisters:  Darlene Hohn and husband, Wilb of Ethan, SD; Doris Bender and husband, Ron of Richfield, MN; Ruth Wilson of Cumming, GA; three brothers:  Wayne Uptagrafft and wife, Ila of Rochester, MN, Don Uptagrafft and wife, Kay of Anthem, AZ and Richard Uptagrafft and wife, Marilyn of Stewartville, MN; three sisters-in-law: Louise Hubbart of Mitchell, SD, Lola McHugh and husband, Merlyn of Huron, SD and Sidney Uptagrafft of Mitchell, SD; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.   


She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Robert Uptagrafft, three brothers-in-law: Jim Wilson, Robert Hubbart, Randall Klinger and sister-in-law, Donna Klinger.


Blessed be her memory. 



Sunday, February 13, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Monday, February 14, 2011
10:30 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
620 East Third Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Adam Rokusek on March 30, 2011
Grandson of Joyce's
Posted by Ardith and Harry Thompson, Okla. on February 15, 2011
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. May you find peace and strength in the memory of all that was good, and the love that surrounds you. Just wish we could have lived closer to enjoy our cousins even more. I did not realize we shared the same middle name. God Bless.
Posted by Harvey and Sharon Staffen on February 14, 2011
Rodney, Sandy, Julie and families Our Prayers are with you at this time.
Posted by Georgi Streetman, Mitchell SD on February 13, 2011
When I remembered happy good natured persons from MHS days, among the faces that came to mind was that of Joyce Uptragrafft. Always something good to say. I'm certain her genuine caring nature will be missed by her family and those who were fortunate to know her. Blessings to her family.
Posted by Kent and Becci Loomer on February 13, 2011
We are sorry for your lose, we will keep you all in our prayers.
Posted by Rod Hall on February 11, 2011
We have lost a good neighbor. I always enjoyed visiting with Joyce when she was serving samples at the area stores.
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