Joyce Sornsen, 74, passed away on December 31, 2018

Joyce Sornsen, 74, of St. Joseph went to be with her Lord & Savior on December 31, 2018 at her home.

She leaves to mourn her passing three children: Lorraine (Jack) Langston of Copalis Beach, WA, Lisa (William) Bradshaw of Hollywood, FL and Robert (Theresa) Sornsen of Grand Rapids; granddaughter Jessie Sornsen of Taylorsville, NC; sister Margaret Schmidt of Coloma; brother James (Joyce) Gardner of Greenville, SC and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving companion of 39 years Tom Wharton, sister Ethel Moss and brothers George Gardner and William Gardner Jr.

Joyce was born in 1944, the daughter of William Sr. & Edith Gardner.

She was a graduate of Benton Harbor High School and attended Lake Michigan College. Her work history included medical, legal and school unions.

According to her wishes there will not be a visitation or funeral. There will be a private gathering of close family and friends taking place on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11 am at Yore Community Church, 2690 Yore Ave, Sodus with Pastor Jim Dunn officiating. Joyce will be laid to rest at Lincoln Twp. Cemetery next to Tom. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Aid or Yore Community Church. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at

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