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Joyce Joanne Schlecht
December 21, 1933 ~ January 15, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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Joyce Joanne Schlecht, 89, passed away on January 15, 2023 at the BeeHive Homes of Great Falls. Her daughter, Cindy Reiquam, would like to thank the BeeHive staff for their care.
Joyce was born in Beulah, North Dakota on December 21, 1933, the daughter of Anna and George Schnaidt and grew up in Beulah with her brother Lloyd. She graduated from Beulah High School in June of 1951 and married her husband of 60 years, John Schlecht, that summer. Joyce wrote in her wedding journal “The first time I met Johnny was at the roller rink. We did a lot of roller skating. Johnny had a car and would pick up a bunch of us girls and take us for rides. The girls thought he was pretty neat. So did I!” Shortly after their marriage Joyce and John moved to Billings. In Billings, they raised two daughters, Ranae Hartman and Cindy Reiquam. Joyce was an active member of Peace Lutheran Church, facilitating the Prayer Chain for many years. She was quick to support anyone by spending time with them, listening and sharing her faith. Joyce loved time with family and friends, camping, playing cards and just being together. One of her favorite times was the annual “one-on-one” weeks with her grandchildren, Ryan and Tyler. It was a time of love and enjoying whatever Ryan or Tyler wanted for a whole week!
Joyce is survived by her family, Cindy (Chris) Reiquam; sister-in-law, Judy Schnaidt; son-in-law, Chris (Carlene) Hartman; grandchildren, Ryan (Anne) Hartman and Tyler (Erynn) Hartman; 6 great- grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her daughter, Ranae; and her brother, Lloyd.
At Joyce’s request, no funeral services are planned at this time. A family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.