Cover photo for Darlene "Joyce" Jern's Obituary
Darlene "Joyce" Jern Profile Photo
1948 Darlene "Joyce" 2024

Darlene "Joyce" Jern

July 19, 1948 — March 26, 2024

Alexandria

Darlene Joyce Jern, age 75, of Alexandria, passed away peacefully surrounded by family, on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Alomere Health in Alexandria.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, April 4, 2024, at First Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Rev. PJ Malin officiating. Private family interment will take place at East Moe Cemetery, Moe Township.

The visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.

Darlene “Joyce” Walberg was born on July 19, 1948, to George and Betty (Slipper) Walberg in Alexandria, alongside her twin sister, Jean, who was not only her sibling but also her best friend throughout life. She and her family were raised on the family dairy farm. She attended Nelson Elementary School and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1966. After high school, Joyce worked as a Candy Striper, volunteering at the Douglas County Hospital. She married her high school sweetheart, Clayton Jern, in August of 1970 at the First Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Together, they had three children, raising their family in Alexandria. Joyce worked a number of jobs in the area, most notably for Knute Nelson and Donnelly Custom Manufacturing for over 25 years. After retirement, she stayed busy keeping up with her children and their families. She enjoyed watching game shows, trips to the casino, garage sales, camping in Itasca, and traveling to Florida and Mexico with her family. Joyce was the glue that held her family together, and she will be missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clayton in 1990; brother, Bill; sister, Kathy; and nephew, Rick.    

Joyce is survived by her three children, Jason Jern of Alexandria, Kim Jern of Alexandria, and Jennifer (Keith Dreger) Drussell of Alexandria; grandchildren, Brittany Jern, Cody Drussell, Morgan Drussell, Abby Randall, Lexi Randall, Haylee Jern, Riley Hanson, Keigan Barker, Madison Dreger, and Kolton Sternquist; brother, Wally (Jean); sister, Jean (Al) Brown; former daughter-in-law, Angie Hendricks; special friends, Amy (Larry) Randall; and many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Darlene "Joyce" Jern, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Upcoming Services

Burial

Service will be held at a future date

East Moe Lutheran Cemetery

3531 E Moe Rd NW, Garfield, MN 56332

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, April 4, 2024

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Memorial Service

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Central time)

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Guestbook

Visits: 2219

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Plant A Tree

Plant A Tree