Joyce Mae Groth - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

May 19, 1932 - February 9, 2024

Joyce Mae Groth (nee, Wood) passed away peacefully at home on February 9, 2024 at the age of 91. Her last days were spent with those she loved and filled with laughter, reminiscing, and joy. She was born in Minneapolis, MN on May 19, 1932, graduated from Washburn High School (Class of 1950), and retired as an Officer from Western National Insurance Company in 1986 after 26 years of employment. Joyce was a member of many Bible studies, volunteer organizations and loved to care for others. Joyce is survived by her loving daughter, Nancy (Barry) Westgard and step-daughter, Debra (Steve) Melander; grandchildren, Jennifer (Steve), Sarah (Jesse), Jacob (Cori), Jeff (Kristine), Greg (Becky), Abigail, Meredith, Steve (Lori); great-grandchildren, Jackson (Emalee), Zander, Coleton, Rylin, Matilda, Fynn, Anna, Matthew, Charley, Aliyah, Lowell, Britta, Israel, Nora, Ellie, Michael. She also leaves behind many cherished nieces, nephews, and friends. Preceded in death by husband, Charles Groth; parents, Lee and Selma Wood; sister, Geraldine Ray; daughter, Candyce Quilling; grandchildren, Emily Spitzmueller and Michael Melander; great-grandson, Landon Tuttle.

Please join us for a Celebration of Life service at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 4th, 2024 at Wooddale Church, 6630 Shady Oak Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
Service Live-stream beginning at 10:45 am.

Private interment Ft Snelling National Cemetery

Memorials preferred to: New Horizons Foundation with “Helping Hope”
in the memo line.


  1. Jean Florek says:

    I worked with Joyce at Western National Mutual Insurance Company for many years. She was one of the nicest people I ever met. She was always smiling. Her husband was like that too. I’m sure she will be missed by all who loved her. I retired from Western National 2 1/2 years ago. Joyce was there when I started working there on January 15, 1973. My name was Jean Peterson then. I am now Jean Florek.

  2. Susan Baughman says:

    Aunt Joyce was truly one of my favorite people. She was always a true support no matter what I was involved in: school musicals, church concerts, family celebrations, no matter what it was, Uncle Chuck and Aunt Joyce were there! ❤️

    In these later years, we talked on the phone, and every time, I felt encouraged and loved. The gift she had to love others was remarkable. I’ll miss her so.

    • Nancy Westgard says:

      She loved you too! Thank you for your texts, prayers and for coming here to her service. That is so nice of you and Greg!! I am excited to see you. ❤️

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