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Joyce Schager

Joyce Schager, 72, of Iowa Falls, passed away Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Heritage Care Center in Iowa Falls with Bob by her side. Funeral services were Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Alden United Methodist Church with a private family interment. Visitation was Tuesday at the Surls Funeral Home in Iowa Falls.
Memorials can be directed to Ellsworth College Foundation or Alden United Methodist Church.
Joyce Lynn (Hoffman) Schager was born on Jan. 26, 1945, in Hampton. She was the middle daughter of Robert and Helen Hoffman and grew up on a farm near Buckeye. She attended grade school in Buckeye, graduated from Alden High School and later from Ellsworth Community College.
On March 11, 1966, Joyce was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Robert Schager. They lived on a farm west of Alden and had three children. Joyce worked at the Buckeye Farm Store, then at the Alden State Bank and later as business manager for the family farm. Her attention to detail and dedication to the business was impeccable.
Joyce was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC) in 2002. She took excellent care of herself; because of her discipline with diet and exercise, no one would have known she had a serious liver disease.
Joyce was a member of the Alden United Methodist Church and served on the Ellsworth College Foundation Board; she really enjoyed her work with The Pat Clark Art Collection. She was a talented seamstress and an excellent baker, her chocolate chip cookies and homemade rolls were favorites.
She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and loved to watch them participate in their activities. She had a passion for University of Iowa athletics and enjoyed attending home football games and Hawkeye bowl games.
She never complained, always had a smile and was so thankful for the times she was able to visit with friends. Joyce and her family appreciated the flowers, visits and food brought in the last few months as her illness progressed.
Joyce is survived by her husband, of 51 years, Robert; her children: Scott Schager (Ginger) of Dallas, Texas; Cindy Brown (David) of Solon; and Jason Schager of Ames; her six grandchildren: Bob Brown, Nick Brown, Jim Boylan, Matt Boylan, Brayden Schager and Brielle Schager; her sisters: Bonnye (Jim) Ryan of Clear Lake and Sylvia (Dennis) Ginoza of Fallbrook, Calif.; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Tad Ryan.