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Mrs. Joyce J. Flessner, age 74, of Turk Lake, Greenville, passed away Tuesday afternoon, March 29, 2011 at Spectrum Health-United Hospital in Greenville.

The daughter of Howard Carl & Thelma Jean (Ek) Swartz, she was born April 10, 1936 in Greenville. Following her graduation from Greenville High School in 1954, she attended Western Michigan University and earned her teaching certificate. She then taught at area schools among them Lincoln Heights and Coral.

On June 21, 1964, at Greenville, she married the Rev. Raymond D. Flessner. In addition to supporting her husband in his ministry at United Methodist churches at Turk Lake, Lake Odessa, Maple Hill in Howard City, Carson City and Hubbardston, Edwardsburg and Niles Trinity, Ludington-St. Paul, Shelby, and Colon, she raised two children.

Following Rays retirement, they returned to the Swartz farmstead at Turk Lake where Joyce was an active member of the Turk Lake United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women currently serving as secretary of the Mary Martha Circle. She loved all animals especially horses and cats, caring for her yard and gardens, and collecting teddy bears, but delighted in hosting her family and friends for holidays, celebrations, and gatherings in her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Kay Swartz; and her husband, Rev. Raymond D. Flessner on Dec. 5, 1999.

Surviving are a daughter, the Rev. Jodie R. Flessner of Leroy; a son, Timothy Flessner; a granddaughter, Morgan Grace Flesssner, both of Manistee; a brother, Dan Swartz of Grand Rapids; a brother-in-law, Lloyd & Winifred Flessner of Lakeland, Florida; an aunt, Marian Ek of Greenville; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation with the family is Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 10-11 a.m. at the Turk Lake United Methodist Church, 8900 W. Colby Road, where memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., with a luncheon immediately following. Pastor Kay Welsch will officiate and burial, at East Montcalm Cemetery, will take place at a later date.

Envelopes for memorial contributions to Turk Lake United Methodist Church (where a portion will be alloted for World Hunger) will be available at the church. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joyces online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

The Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville , is serving the family.


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  1. Anonymous on March 29, 2011 at 12:00 am


    04/06/2011 –

    Chuck & Mary Beach

    Dan: We pray that you and the rest of your extended family will have the Comfort and Healing that the Triune God can give. God’s blessings and Peace.

    04/06/2011 –

    REx and Alberta Houseman

    Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you, Pastor Jodie. May God give you strength to go through this. Take care Rex and Alberta Houseman

    04/03/2011 –

    Bruce and Melanie Flessner

    We will all miss Joyce and her great kindness and thoughtfulness. We will hold everyone in our prayers this week.

    04/02/2011 –

    Wendy J. (Eastman) Nyman

    I hope it’s of some comfort to know that I am thinking of you in this time of sorrow.Please accept my deepest sympathy.

    04/01/2011 –

    Nolan and Sandy Williams

    Ray our love and thoughts are with you and your family. Lots of memories through the years. Blessings and Christian Love, Nolan and Sandy – We are still in AJ AZ. Sorry to have missed the funeral

    04/01/2011 –

    Rick Sheehan

    Please accept my condolences on behalf of the Sheehan Family (Judy Dyer’s children). This is such a sudden event and no words can help make this easier. Sympathies, Rick Sheehan, Wayne Sheehan and Michelle Sheehan

    03/31/2011 –

    Betty Hilton

    Jodi and family: My deepest sympathy in the death of your wonderful mother. She was so loving and caring to all of us at Turk Lake United Methodist Church. As part of the UMWomen, we will remember her wonderful Christmas gathering’s at her beautiful home. In the Spring/Summer the beautiful flowers and tender care she gave to the Church. I will miss her. My deepest regards.

    03/30/2011 –

    Steve & Sharon Knapp

    Pastor Jodie & all the family: Sincere condolences on hearing the news of your mother. Just wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time, it is never easy to lose one so close. May God give you peace and comfort.

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