Joyce K. Kleven - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

August 20, 1924 - November 23, 2021

Joyce Kathleen Kleven, age 97, of Edina, died on November 23, 2021. Survived by daughter, Kathleen Sverdrup (George) and son, Thomas Kleven (Susan); grandchildren, Tanja Pofahl (Allen), Per Sverdrup (Janna), Michael Kleven (Laura), Heather Halvorsen (Dan); great-grandchildren, Lindsay, Hannah, Ella, Sofia, Sarah, Bjorn, Ingrid, Leo and Henry. Joyce was preceded in death by husband, Azor, her sister, Marjorie Foster, and brother, Arthur Wendell Thorwick.

The memorial service will be available by live stream

Memorials are preferred to N. C. Little Hospice, 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435.


  1. Adel Rizk says:

    My Deepest Condolences to the family of Joyce and Azor Kleven I was really moved to hear that Joyce Kleven has departed to be with the Lord .
    My Name is Adel Rizk , I am a Pharmacist from Egypt, I have known Both Joyce and Azor since 1982 , I met with them
    in Saudia Arabia , Azor was my Pharmacy supervisor.
    I would like to share with you , How Joyce was a very kind person and true Christian .
    In Saudia Arabia , Azor and Joyce welcomed me and other staff members from Egypt several times to their residence for dinner , They both offered true Christian love and kindness they used to call me as their Saudi Son.
    They came to visit me In Egypt , They both showed love and kindness sending me a wedding gift in Egypt.
    I believe they have done the same act of kindness to many other people.
    They came to visit me in Canada when I first came in 1995 where they met me with my family .
    I will never forget her kindness and being a true good Samaritan to many people including me .
    Azor and Joyce continued to mail me yearly on Christmas, among several other people , They had a great loving heart toward every body.
    I will never ever forget both of them for great kindness , God bless their souls in the Paradise of Heaven on the right hand of the Lord and Savior.

    Adel Rizk

  2. Jane Peterson says:

    So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. What a lovely lady.

  3. Paulette Anholm says:

    I offer my condolences to Joyce’s family. My mother Rhoda Holm worked with Joyce at Richfield Bank and Trust as part of night crew doing account filing. I grew up hearing of how those ladies chatted all evening as they did their bank work. These gals all had families they were talking about, their kids, school activities. I recall they kept in touch even after computers took over the filing of checks and stuffing monthly statements. My Mother began to full time at the bank as all us 5 girls were into high school and beyond. I know that my Mom, Rhoda, saw your mom for years. Like always – these women may be but never forgotten.

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