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Joyce E. Van Dorin

Mar 05, 2018

July 23, 1927 - March 2, 2018

Joyce E. Van Dorin, 90, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018, at Park Place Elder Living in Mt. Pleasant.


Visitation will begin at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at Olson~Powell Memorial Chapel, where the family will greet friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m., that evening. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, March 7, at Salem Friends Church. Burial will be in Salem East Cemetery. Gifts of love and friendship may be given to the family for a memorial to be chosen at a later date. On-line condolences may be directed to


Born July 23, 1927, in rural Salem, Iowa, Joyce Elizabeth was the daughter of Iliff and Gladys (Hallowell) Shumaker. She was a 1945 graduate of Salem High School. In October 1946, Joyce married Kenneth Dale Van Dorin. He preceded her in death in December 1994.

Joyce was an active member of the Salem Friends Church, where she served in extensive leadership roles.


Joyce was a homemaker. She worked at Sheaffer Pen Co. and J.C. Penney Co. Joyce was a cook at the Salem Elementary School for 20 years.


Survivors include four daughters, Sherrie (Don) Sumner of Ponca City, Okla., Jeanette (Carroll) Syfert of Salem, Iowa, Barbara (Ted) Horn of West Burlington, Iowa, and Tami (Bruce) Noble of Salem, Iowa; ten grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Ronald Shumaker of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; three sisters, Gwendolyn Foss of Solon, Iowa, Darlene Owens of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Charlotte Bailey of Independence, Mo.


Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a granddaughter, three brothers-in-law, and one sister-in-law.

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