Joyce M. DeBruyn
Joyce DeBruyn, 87, of Traverse City, passed into the presence of God on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 with the family who adored her by her side. Joyce was born on March 4, 1932 in Reeman the daughter of Herman and Anna (Cook) Deters.
On July 28, 1950 she married Richard DeBruyn, at which time they moved to Traverse City, where they opened DeBruyn Concrete Products Co. She and Dick were charter members of Faith Reformed Church, where they both served throughout their lives.
Joyce is survived by her daughters, Cheryl (Dale) Kloosterman, Joan (Randy) Burgess and Barbara (Mike) Aja; her grandchildren, Kelly (Kevin) DeBruyn, Kevin (Jennifer) Kloosterman, Amy (Gene) LaFave, Benjamin (Kristen) Burgess, Joseph (Gracie) Burgess, Christopher (Elle) Burgess, Jessica (Michael) Filicicchia and Nicholas (Sara) Aja; along with 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Adrian DeBruyn; and her sisters-in-law, Ann Westfield and Roanne DeBruyn.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; daughter, Patricia; parents, Herman and Anna; sisters, Doris, June and Kathleen; and brothers, Howard, Gordon and Harvey.
Joyce has left a legacy of love and faith. She came to know Jesus as her Lord and savior as a young child. Joyce had the gift of hospitality and serving and spent much of her time entertaining those from her church, hosting pool parties and parasailing parties for family and countless friends. In her later years she always loved to make meals for her daughters. She had an unassuming and quiet strength, and she loved and supported her family in many ways.
Joyce and her family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to Dr. Lee Warnaar, the staff at the Heart Clinic and Munson's Hospice House, who have touched our lives in such precious and profound ways. Her life and battle is now over, but living in her father's glory will be forever.
Visitation for Joyce will take place Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 5 until 7 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service, Thursday, Nov. 21, at Faith Reformed Church. Joyce's son-in-law, Randy Burgess, will officiate at the funeral service. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
For those desiring, the family has asked that Joyce be remembered through memorial gifts to Faith Reformed Church, 1139 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686 or to The Salvation Army, PO Box 5228, Traverse City, MI 49696-5228.
Please share your thoughts and memories with Joyce's family by visiting her online tribute page at
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on November 19, 2019


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Laverna Witkop
Nov 22, 2019
Hello Cheryl, Joan, Barb and all of your wonderful families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time. I know that you know this however Your mother is loved by so many. She was always so thoughtful of others. When I would visit with her at church she would always ask about my mother. I had introduced them at one point and she never forgot. On occasion she would come into my office and have me go over her Medicare with her. For me it was such a joy to have the opportunity to help her. Then a few days later I would get the most wonderful thank you note and a gift card to a restaurant. This was not necessary. Her thoughtfulness just meant so much. She reminds me of my own ...mother in so many ways. When we were at Barb and Mikes last summer for welcoming Pastor Drew’s family, I had a nice visit with her. She loved on people to the very end. We all have so much to look up to in your mother. Tremendous woman and mentor. Hang on to your memories. Please know that there are many of us that love you all and are praying for you. Take care dear friends and may God bless you always. Laverna WitkopRead more
Faith Bergakker
Nov 20, 2019
I remember Aunt Joyce as a woman of grace and inner beauty. I especially remember the support, encouragement and love shown by her and Uncle Dick at the time of our dad's death. Having experienced tragedy themselves they were sensitive to our needs.
Jinny O'Connor
Nov 20, 2019
"She had an unassuming and quiet strength..."
Joyce was a wonderful woman and I feel blessed to have known her. And another blessing she leaves behind is her wonderful family, especially her girls. Thank you, Joyce.
Linda Dornbusch
Nov 20, 2019
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