Services for Joyce M. Sannes

Joyce M. Sannes, 92, Crookston, formerly of Fertile, MN passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, under hospice care at Riverview Memory Care Center, Crookston. 
Joyce Margaret Bakke was born on November 8th, 1929, along with her twin sister, Grace, at their home near Winger, MN, daughter of Marie (Krogstad) and John Bakke. She grew up on a farm with 4 brothers and 2 sisters and attended Wooded Park School.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Christian faith. 
Joyce married Ordean (O.B.) Christianson in 1948. They lived in Silver Bay, MN where they started their family. They later moved to the Bennie Christianson family farm in Bear Park Township.  Raising their five children near family allowed them to attend and host many family events.  They were active members of Norman Lutheran Church.  A day didn’t go by that Joyce wasn’t busy providing a loving home for her children. She also worked many years reupholstering furniture along with working various jobs in the area. 
Joyce met Norman Sannes and they married in 1983 at Concordia Lutheran Church, where she then became a member.  They enjoyed playing cards, dancing, weaving rugs, gardening and especially entertaining family and friends in their home.  
Joyce kept busy sewing, quilting at the church, doing crafts, baking, making lefse, cooking and canning.  She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.  She was a genuine, caring and loyal lady who would keep you on your toes and always make you smile. No matter the time of day, anyone who visited her did not leave without a hot cup of coffee (even if you didn’t drink coffee) and a bite to eat. 
After Norman’s passing in 2006, Joyce continued to live in Fertile until 2017 when she moved to Riverview Memory Care Center. 
Joyce is survived by her sons: Keith (Donna) Christianson of Mentor, David (Sue) Christianson of Erskine; daughters: Diane Christianson of Crookston, Leanne (Mike) Novacek of Warren; grandchildren & their families: Jerami (Peter) Sullivan and their children Maclain & Hollan; Kyle (Katie) Sulerud and their boys Bryce, Davin & Parker; Tyler (Adelle) Christianson and their boys Jack, Gus & Bjorn; Blake (Brittany) Christianson and their boys Cruze, Corbin & Colt; Reid (Laura) Christianson and their girls Sylvia, Carol & Eliza; Tanner (Erin) Christianson; Sydney Olson; Jessica Olson and Macey Novacek; stepsons: Dennis (Rosiland) Sannes of Gary, Duane Sannes of Fertile, Richard (Susan) Sannes of Gary, Rodney (LaVonne) Sannes of Gary, Jerry (Alethe) Sannes of Denison, TX; stepdaughters: Renee (Carl) Olson of Gary, Julie (Roger) Wenschlag of Audubon, Brenda (Gordon) Mitchell of Moorhead; stepson-in-law Doug Carlson of Bagley, along with many nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Norman, daughter Adrienne Sulerud (2009), parents, sisters: Olga Osmondson and Grace Peterson; brothers: Orton, Walter, Melvin and Leonard; stepson Jeffrey Sannes (2000), stepdaughter Sharon Carlson (2017).
Joyce's family would like to thank the Riverview Memory Care Center for the friendship, security, and the loving care Joyce was given while she lived there. Thanks also, to the Red River Valley Hospice and Pastor Phil Larsen for their kindness and support. 
Funeral Services: 11:00AM Saturday, January 15, 2022 at Concordia Lutheran Church, Fertile, MN with visitation two hours before the service. 
Interment: Norman Cemetery, Rural Fertile, MN. 
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Arrangements with Erikson-Vik-Ganje Funeral Home Fertile, Minnesota

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