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Joyce Kron-Chalupa

A memorial mass for Joyce A. Kron-Chalupa, 55, of Wellman, will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at  11:00 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Riverside with Father David Brownfield and Deacon Derick Cranston officiating.  Visitation will be held Friday, May 1, from 4 – 7 PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church where a prayer vigil will be held at 4PM.  Memorial donations may be directed to Iowa City Hospice and Master Gardeners of Washington County.  Joyce Chalupa died Wednesday, April 22 at her home following a 12 year battle with cancer.

Joyce Ann Kron-Chalupa was born January 12, 1960 in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Elmo and Virginia (Lenz) Kron.  She graduated from Highland High School, from the University of Iowa with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and from the Univeristy of Dubuque with a Masters Degree.  On September 6, 1986 she was united in marriage to Alan Chalupa at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Riverside.  Joyce worked as a nurse and later as education coordinator at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Iowa City for 35 years.  She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Master Gardeners of Washington County.  Joyce enjoyed gardening, stamping, cooking, photography and horses.

Survivors include her husband Alan of Wellman, IA, two children: Amanda and Austin of Wellman, IA,  six siblings: Marilyn Thomann of Liberty, MO, Linda (Doug) Corpman of Columbus Jct., IA, Charles Kron of Kalona, IA, Jane (Tom) Hotz of Lone Tree, IA, Greg Kron of Marengo, IA, Kris (Tim) Stumpf of Lone Tree, IA, parents Elmo and Virginia Kron of Riverside, IA, and mother and father in law, Dayle and Joanne Chalupa of Kalona.

Preceding Joyce in death were two nephews: Phil and Nick Kron and a brother in law, John Thomann.

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Joyce's family, I do not know you, but I had the pleasure of working with Joyce at the VA.I am sure you have been told before but Joyce was a pleasure to work with and she accomplished many great things.I wish you peace and healing and want you to know her legacy lives on here at the VA too with all of the programs and projects she worked on.

Dessie Myers Jun 1 2015 12:00 AM

I admired Joyce so much for her infectious enthusiasm, her love of life and her family, and her dedication to the nursing profession. She influenced me and so many other nurses in such a positive way! I hope always to keep this part of Joyce alive in my heart. My thoughts and prayers reach out to Joyce's family and all who loved her.

Annette Ray May 2 2015 12:00 AM

My condolences to Joyce's family. I had the privilege of working with Joyce for many years at the VA. She always had a smile and positive attitude and was a wonderful nurse, colleague and all around person. She will be missed.

Angie Hoth May 1 2015 12:00 AM

Virginia and Elmo and all the Kron family and to all the Chalupafamily our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. She always had a smile, hold that close to your hearts.

Jim and Joan Bex Apr 29 2015 12:00 AM

I only worked with Joyce a few times, but had instant admiration and respect for her.She really inspired confidence and made you feel like you could do anything. I send along this verse.I do not know its origin, but believe it was found on an old gravestone somewhere in the British Isles: Life is all the sweeter that she lived. And all she loved more sacred for her sake. And death is all the brighter that she died. And paradise the happier she's there.

Melody Scherubel Apr 29 2015 12:00 AM

Sending my deepest sympathies to all the family.I was a high school friend and classmate of Joyce's.I know Joyce would want us to remember how she touched each one of our lives in a very special way.The fond memories I will always have of Joyce and our friendship.She is at peace now, where there is only happiness and no more pain.Knowing Joyce, I know she gave it all she had to the fight.She will be missed by many that knew and loved her.

Carol (Tobin) Moellers Apr 28 2015 12:00 AM

Sending my sympathy, prayers and love to the Chalupa and Kron families.Worked with Joyce at the VA for ten years.She was always able to put a smile on my face, and a new thought in my head.I cry knowing we won't have our long talks, but I smile knowing the pain is gone.Love you and will miss you Joyce; VA will never be the same!

Susan Linnell Apr 28 2015 12:00 AM

GRANDMA'S GARDEN TABLE BASKET was sent by Dawn Jindrich.Amanda, You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Dawn, Ashley and Haley Jindrich

Dawn Jindrich Apr 28 2015 12:00 AM

I can't express in words whatwonderful and amazing person Joyce was and all the lives she has touch through family, friends and VA. Joyce was the person that hired me many years ago and the best educator the VA could ever had she treated every ones path she crossed with respect and dignity. The fight of 12 years of cancer proves to what a strong person she was. May she rest in peace and condolences to family.

Sheryl Stalkfleet Apr 28 2015 12:00 AM

RAY OF SUNSHINE was sent by The Kissinger and Macek Families.Joyce was truly a Ray of Sunshine in our lives. She was a wonderful friend who lived life to the fullest, sprinkling her contagious enthusiasm and can-do attitude every where she went. Her smile and laughter brightened our best and our worst days, her support and "atta girls" when we needed her were unwavering. She taught us to always dream big, be grateful, work hard, give love & laugh a lot, and when to call BS! Her smile, twinkle and amazing spirit will always fill part of our hearts. We miss her here like none other, but will carry her with us always - our dear feisty beloved Joyce. Love to the Chalupa and Kron families, Pam Kissinger (Del) and Kelly Macek (Brian, Ava and Annabelle)

Kelly Macek Apr 28 2015 12:00 AM

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