Joylene Kjetland

Joylene Joan "Joy" Kjetland

September 26th, 1932 - August 8th, 2019
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Joylene “Joy” Kjetland, age 86, of Watertown, passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Avantara Watertown Care Center.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown with Jodi Engels as Chaplain, Shari Kjetland as pianist and special music by Joy's family.

Visitation will be from 4-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel.

Interment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joy’s grandsons,Jason (Amy), Ben (Kayla), Michael (Darci), Shawn, Caleb (Jen), Stephen (Rebekah), Nathan, Noah, Tyler, Brandon and Austin Kjetland.

Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters, Megan (Frank) Arritt, Brooke (Michael) Trauffer, Kelsey (Bryn) Stock, Vanessa Hillberg, Janae (Hugo) Kjetland Silva, Marisa, Audra, Sara and Briel Kjetland, Bailie (John) Feaster, Rachel, Cammi and Cheri Kjetland.

Joylene “Joy” Joan Kjetland was born on September 26, 1932 to Abel and Sylvia (Zirbel) Christofferson on a farm near Summit, South Dakota. Joy moved to Clear Lake, South Dakota where she waitressed to earn money for beauty school tuition. She then moved to Watertown at the age of 18. Joy graduated from Watertown Beauty Academy in 1952 and worked at Bea’s Beauty Shop for some time. Joy married Wilfred “Chuck” Kjetland on December 6, 1952 at the Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown. As a caring and maternal person Joy spent many years babysitting for others, while caring for her own family.

One of Joy’s proudest accomplishments was receiving her GED in the 1970s as she had to quit school after her mom died at a very early age.

Joy was a former member of the Grace Lutheran Church. She was very active and participated in numerous church activities. She taught Sunday school and enjoyed being a member of the Ladies Circle. She was also a member of the Watertown Christian Women’s Club for many years.

Joy had great pleasure and fulfillment from her devoted family. She was the essence of love as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Joy was an amazing cook, but also loved to eat out with her family and always looked forward to dessert. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, playing pinochle with her family, and hosting pinochle parties where she was happy to be a member of two card clubs.

Survivors are her children, Brad (Greta) Kjetland, Bryan (Jo) Kjetland, Barry (Shari) Kjetland, Brent “Bernie” Kjetland all of Watertown, SD, Bret (Denise) Kjetland of Chesapeake, VA, Brenda (Ed) Luckhurst of Garden City, SD, Blair (Donell) Kjetland of Menomonie, WI, Beth (Kevin) Schilling of Deadwood, SD; Bruce (Lisa) Kjetland of Emery, SD, and 24 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one on the way; her sisters, LaRonna (Doug) Heppner of Clinton, IA and Sharlyn Shepard of Tea, SD.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilfred in 1996; her daughter, Bonita in 2002; three sisters; and two brothers.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday August 13th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00am
    Tuesday August 13th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00am
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Service

    Wednesday August 14th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Wednesday August 14th, 2019 10:30am
    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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    Jodi Engels
  • Interment

    Mount Hope Cemetery
    1133 11th St. NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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  • Reception

    Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel
    1111 4th St NE
    WATERTOWN, SD 57201
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Posted at 09:41pm
Dear Kjetland family, so sorry to hear of your wonderful mother's passing. She was my den mother for cub scouts and tolerated so many unruly and distracted Grant school elementary school boys back in the 60's and 70's. I really appreciated her and Mrs. Juanita Johnson (another wonderful mom) who played such wonderful encouraging women in my life. So sorry Bret and all. My prayers and fond memories to all of you. Gary Timmerman


Posted at 03:15pm
Thoughts and Prayers for Family of Joy

Angie Thoreson

Posted at 11:23pm
Just a note (the day before Joy's funeral) to let you know I'm thinking of and praying for your family. I remember Joy for her joy, sweets, and cards. Our loss is heaven's gain; there is truly less joy here and more there. I think there is the tendency to try to focus on only the positive after a loss, but by my memory Joy's biggest fault was loving too much. I can only pray and strive to follow her example.
Blessings, Angie (Vogt) Thoreson

Nancy (Brown) Mackintosh

Posted at 09:51pm
In honor of a beautiful woman who gave so much "Joy".
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Nancy Mackintosh

Posted at 09:50pm
I admired an amazing woman who had 10 kids, 3 dogs and every neighborhood kid at her home. Joy Kjetland made everyone feel welcomed and loved. She made room in her home for everyone, everyday. She invited me to attend church with her family and soon my family joined Grace Lutheran. She was such an important person to me and my family that she sponsored my sister and my baptism. I will always think of her with a big smile, and bigger heart. She truly embodied her name "Joy". My thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

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