Alta J. Joynes, 88

Published 11:31 am Friday, March 25, 2016

Alta J. Joynes, 88, formerly of Lyle and Austin, Minnesota, died Monday, March 21, 2016, at Wildwood Grove in LeRoy, Minnesota.

Alta Joynes, 88

Alta Joynes, 88

Alta was born on Jan. 29, 1928, in Austin, Minnesota, to Conrad and Veta (Pope) Myhre. She graduated from Lyle High School in 1947. Alta married Norman G. Farlinger on Oct. 21, 1947, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle. Together they had three children and farmed in the Lyle area until 1955 when they moved into town. Norman G. passed away in 1969 and Alta began working for the Lyle School as a cook for the next six years. Alta married Norman L. Joynes on Aug. 10, 1974, in Rochester, Minnesota. They moved to Albert Lea in 1975 where Alta worked as a baker for a local café. Alta loved to bake pies, cakes and cookies; it didn’t matter what she baked, it was always good! Later in their retirement, Alta and Norman L. moved to Austin.

She was a member Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle and volunteered with the “Willing Workers” for Woodbury Cemetery.

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She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband Norman G. Farlinger in 1969; second husband Norman L. Joynes in 2015; step-grandson Tony Coughlin; sisters, Loretta Leidall and Florence Golberg.

Alta is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Darwin and Swanee Farlinger, Austin, Minnesota, and David and Kathy Farlinger, LeRoy, Minnesota; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Jeff Korte, Forest City, Iowa; step-daughter, Elizabeth Coughlin, Austin, Minnesota; eight grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; several great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Audrey Myhre, St. Ansgar, Iowa; nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016, at Woodbury Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Meyer officiating. There will be a lunch and reception at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Lyle following the interment service. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.