In loving memory of

Joyce L. Tripmacker
January 31, 1950 - November 28, 2018

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Joyce L. Tripmacker, 68, of Muscatine, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, in Iowa City.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Reverends Troy Richmond and Dan Schoepf officiate.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Food for The Poor or Samaritans Purse: Operation Christmas Child. Online condolences:

Joyce was born on January 31, 1950, in Ames, Iowa, the daughter of Gordon and Marjorie Musfelt Anderson. She married Steven Tripmacker on November 16, 1974, in Ames Iowa.

Joyce was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She cared deeply about others. She enjoyed taking vacations with her husband and family, and loved playing with her grandchildren. She was very creative and inspirational in her card making and scrapbooks.

She made bookmarks with bible verses and inspirational quotes for the cancer patients at the University of Iowa Hospital. She also crocheted and knitted baby blankets for the Preemie Project at the University of Iowa Hospital. Joyce was the great historian and creative chronicler of her family's history. She was a maker and keeper of memories.

Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Steven, of Muscatine; her daughter Michelle Helscher and husband, Joshua, of Wapello; two grandchildren, Matthew and Kenadee Helscher; two brothers, John Anderson and wife, Jean, of Anchorage, Alaska, Dean Anderson and wife, Julie, of Bellefontaine, Ohio; three sisters, Carol Marshall and husband, Derril, of Fremont, Nebraska, Pam McWilliams and husband, Earl, of Dayville, Connecticut, and Kay Popelka, of Nevada, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her parents.


Vicki Beckey wrote on Dec 14, 2018:

"Steve and Michelle, So sorry to hear about Joyce. My thoughts and prayers are with both of you. Vicki Beckey"

john & sherri wrote on Dec 5, 2018:

"Our sincere sympathy to you Steve and your family. Our prayers are with you all John & Sherri Manjoine"

Gene and Carla Paxton wrote on Dec 5, 2018:

"Our deepest sympathy to Steve and family. Hold all of your memories close to you to give you some comfort. in this sorrowful time. Gene and Carla Paxton"

Lynn Pruitt wrote on Dec 3, 2018:

"Our deepest sympathies to Steve and family. Joyce was an excellent person who dedicated her life to others. I am glad I got to know her back in the days when she worked at Stanley Consultants' steno pool. Best wishes, Lynn and Emma Mae Pruitt"

Kay Wilson wrote on Dec 3, 2018:

"My deepest sympathy, prayers and thoughts to you all at this time. I had the pleasure of getting to know Joyce when she worked with Tom Lambert. We established a friendship that related more to children and of course our grandchildren. She was such a sweet and dear lady; I was blessed to have known her. Hugs to you and your family Michelle. Warmly with hugs, Kay Wilson (Aunt Kay)"

Tom & Dena Schliesman wrote on Dec 2, 2018:

"Steve, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tom & Dena Schlliesman"

Jay Cole wrote on Dec 2, 2018:

"My deepest sympathy & condolences to Steve & his family."

Joan Trullinger wrote on Dec 2, 2018:

"My deepest sympathy to Steve, Michelle, and the extended family. I worked with Joyce at Stanley Consultants in the 1980s. Even during the most hectic marketing proposal production schedules, she always had a smile and brought calmness to the process. She led by example with her kindness and caring."

Linda Strause wrote on Dec 2, 2018:

"So very sorry for your loss Steve and Michelle. She was a kind and loving lady. She will be missed by all who knew her. May God bless you both. I will keep you in my prayers."

Diane Cochran wrote on Dec 1, 2018:

"I am truly sorry about Joyce's passing. I have many good memories with her in word processing dept. at Stanley Consultants. From the obituary it sounds like she was giving and caring to the end. I have no doubt Joyce will be rewarded for the life she has led. I hope you can find some comfort in this. May God bless you and give you peace. Diane Cochran"

Sue Mulder wrote on Nov 30, 2018:

"Dear Steve and Michelle, How sad it was to learn of the passing of Joyce. She was truly a kind person. I will always remember her with fondness. I pray she did not suffer, but now she is in the eternal healing hands of God where she will always be happy, loved and forever young and beautiful as ever. I once read a poem that said , if you cannot see the songbird, you can always hear the song she sang. God Bless you. Sue (Walters) Mulder."

Bea and Jerry Bellman wrote on Nov 30, 2018:

"So sorry for your loss Steve and Michelle. Joyce was a loving lady."

Tom and Nancy Young wrote on Nov 30, 2018:

"Steve & MIchelle, Tom and I were so surprised to learn of Joyce?s passing. I have so many great memories of times shared while raising kids in our old neighborhood. ~ her beautiful voice remains as a wonderful memory for me. You are definitely in our thoughts and prayers. Nancy"

Bryan Fessler wrote on Nov 29, 2018:

"Steve, I am so sorry for your loss. "