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Joy Hintz
December 11, 1935 - March 19, 2016

Joy Ann Hintz, 80, of Oelwein passed away March 19, 2016. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 25, 2016, where there will be an Oelwein Chapter #45 Order of Eastern Star service at 7:00 pm at the Geilenfeld Funeral home in Oelwein. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at the Christ United Presbyterian Church in Oelwein with Rev. John Kerr officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.

Joy was born December 11, 1935 to Russell and Goldie (Dixon) Orth in Iowa City.  On August 5, 1956 she was united in marriage to George Hintz in Oelwein.  Joy graduated from Cromwell High School with the class of 1951 and attended Creston Jr. College.  She taught at Country Schools for several years.

Joy was a member of Christ United Presbyterian Church.  For 59 years Joy was a member of the Oelwein Chapter #45 Order of Eastern Star.  She was an RSVP volunteer at Wings Park and also volunteered at Fontana Park.  Joy enjoyed sewing, cross stitch, knitting & crocheting.

Left to celebrate Joy’s life are her sons:  Jon (Rebecca) Hintz, Champlin, MN, and Donald (Rhonda) Hintz, Anderson, IN; her daughters: Christine (Steve Buchanan) Griser, W. St. Paul, MN and Nancy (Rick) McElligott, Brooklyn Park, MN; 9 grandchildren: Krista and Nathan Hintz, Matthew, Christopher and Neil Griser, Allyson and Elizabeth McElligott, Shelby Hintz  and Brian Lamey; 10 great-grandchildren: Malya, Ty, Gracelyn, Gabrial, Gwendolyn, Triston, Christopher, Lovelyn, Ian and Logan; her sister Goldie Mae Myers of West Union and sister-in-law Ann Orth of Oak Harbor, WA.

She was preceded in death by her husband George, her parents and her brother Leo Orth. 


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Mindy Steinlage on April 8, 2016 at 3:58 PM said:

Joy was my RSVP classroom volunteer for several years at Wings Park Elementary. She was always willing to take my challenging students and do whatever she could to help them read, complete math, and enjoy being at school. She had a love for working with children and it showed. I truly miss her coming to my classroom on Mondays and Thursdays every week. She was an asset to my classroom. Please know she made a difference. I send my deepest sympathy to you and your entire family.
Ron and Ann Garceau on March 26, 2016 at 8:28 AM said:

Please accept our sincere sympathy.
Pete Ricky Cox on March 25, 2016 at 6:53 PM said:

Sorry for your lost, Joy was a respectable Lady. When we met, we hit it off from the start. We talk mainly about our children. She really love her kids & grandkids. We will truly miss a great friend. She is now resting in God Almighty arms. Love Pete And Ricky Cox
Barb Bennett on March 25, 2016 at 6:03 PM said:

Nancy and family... So sorry to hear of Joy's passing. I have some wonderful memories of her when we played softball together. She was a terrific lady!

Love you girl!

Shannon & Debbie Hershey on March 25, 2016 at 10:25 AM said:

So sorry for your loss. Joy always had a wave along with a smile for us when we were back visiting the old neighborhood. She was always so nice. She will be truly be missed.
Sue Link Ledesma on March 25, 2016 at 8:14 AM said:

I knew Joy only from working with her as a patient and she was always very pleasant to work with. I will miss her smile. To her family my condolences.
Deb Gann on March 24, 2016 at 6:32 PM said:

I met Joy at Zion Lutheran at one of our many shared services. The first time we met and she told me her name was Joy it hit me that it fit it perfectly. She was always so full of Joy and brought a smile to my face. God bless her family and may she rest in peace.
David Voigts on March 24, 2016 at 2:41 PM said:

I enjoyed working with Joy as a fellow volunteer at the Fontana Nature Center. She was a wonderful person and a dedicated conservationist. The world is better because of her. She will definitely be missed.
The Mazziotti's In Bend Oregon on March 24, 2016 at 1:50 PM said:

Our sincere condolences to all. Such a wonderful Oelwein family and the nicest people ever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Jim and Leann Mazziotti
Heidi Lubben on March 24, 2016 at 1:09 PM said:

Joy was such a great neighbor to my grandparent., Bob & Esther. I always enjoyed going to her house when I was a kid. My sincere sympathies to you all.
Lyle & Nancy Miller on March 23, 2016 at 6:38 PM said:

Please accept our condolences. Joy was great gal & always enjoyed visiting with her. We'll sincerely miss her. May God Bless.
Danette Olsen Lujan on March 23, 2016 at 11:44 AM said:

Working as one of three (myself, Lori Schroeder, & PJ Harrington) DECA students @ JC Penney we all knew to keep busy when Joy was around. I remember her telling me that I was being paid to work & not to stand around & chitchat. I am sure we tested her patience a lot. Probably not Lori and I as much as PJ because he was always clowning around. I think that ultimately it made me a better employee. Thanks Joy! Say hello to Rita,Marge,Florence, and Charlotte! You ladies were the best coworkers I've ever had the opportunity to work with!
Mary Zanatta on March 23, 2016 at 7:43 AM said:

I did so enjoy working with Joy at Carolyn's Fabrics. Enjoyed meeting you kids at that time. I know you will miss your mother. She was a nice lady.
May God be with each of you at this difficult time.
Mary & Alice Couch - Noblesville, IN on March 23, 2016 at 5:13 AM said:

by Mary Couch

A pale pink rosebud
trembles in summer’s wind
shakes dew from its petals.

A monarch’s tiny perch,
it welcomes the dawn’s
wispy blush across a muted sky.

Caught by a gentle breeze,
butterfly floats from its perch
to be swallowed by morning light.

She too floats forth to greet the light.
We will meet her again around the bend.

So sorry for your loss
Lynn Erdelt Reinert on March 22, 2016 at 7:24 PM said:

So sorry for your loss. Joy was a very sweet person. She will be missed by many.
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