In loving memory of

Joy Eileen DeKok
December 2, 1957 - January 19, 2023

Joy Eileen DeKok (Pater), 65, of rural Pine Island, MN breathed her last breath on Thursday morning, January 19, 2023.

A service honoring Jesus Christ and Joy will be at 11am on Tuesday, January 24th, 2023 at Ranfranz & Vine Funeral Home in Rochester, MN. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Pine Island Cemetery. If you'd like to watch the service streaming, please visit our Facebook here:

Joy Eileen Pater, daughter of Clarence and Ruth Pater was born on December 2nd, 1957 in Forest Lake, MN. She graduated from Faith Christian School in 1976. She grew up and attended Faith Bible Church in Rochester, MN as a teenager where she accepted Jesus as her Savior. That relationship with Jesus influenced everything in her life.

Joy also met Jonathan DeKok at Faith Bible Church. They fell in love and were married at 37th Street Baptist Church in Rochester, MN on January 1st, 1977.

Joy DeKok was the best wife ever to Jonathan DeKok. She was also an author, blogger, and photographer. Joy has written and published 9 books. An inspirational book named "Under His Wings", three children's books, a book named "Rain Dance", three mystery novels all part of the "Northern Lights Series", and a book named "Your Life a Legacy". She has also written numerous blogs with her photos on One of her latest was "Blessing" and photos of a young deer in our wild flower field who sought her out.

Joy truly lived up to her name.

She loved all of our nieces and nephews, and had relationships with most of them. Joy was a friend to many because of her personality and love for God, people, animals, and plants.

Along with her husband, Jonathan of 46 years, she is survived by her brother Jon (Lisa) Pater. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In 2018 Joy was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went to be with Jesus Christ, her Savior at age 65.

When grieving others who have gone before, Joy liked this stanza of an old hymn. "Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share, Jesus knows our every weakness, Take it to the Lord in prayer."

We miss her more than words can say and all who knew her are mourning her absence here and looking forward to the great reunion with Jesus Christ in Heaven.

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Glenda DeKok Parrish wrote on Jan 23, 2023:

"I soo enjoyed Joy's posts-- her devotions and the wonderful photos of nature. We are cousins. Glenda-- DeKok--Parrish"

Mary Steele wrote on Jan 22, 2023:

"Joy, a bright and beautiful light in this world, has arrived at the gates of heaven and passed through its doors to greet her Lord face to face. You are in the embrace of Jesus. Joy was kind, reflective, generous, prayerful and a blessing to all who knew her. She exuded her love of Jesus and of her husband, Jon and family. Her beautiful, thoughtful reflections in word and photos are a treasure left for us to ponder as she has moved on ahead of us to her forever home. Joy, we will miss your gentle presence, but we know we will see you again one day. Our deepest condolences to Jon and your family. "

Terri Tangeman wrote on Jan 22, 2023:

"Joy was a ministering angel to me and my late husband, Tony in early 2000 when she opened her home to us while we had appointments at Mayo. Then again a year later on the anniversary of Tony?s death she was a safe place to go and grieve. Her heart and arms were open wide to embrace the hurting. I?ve never forgotten her tender care during those hard days. I?m so very thankful the Lord allowed our paths to cross. She deeply blessed our lives. Terri Tangeman"

Jude Urbanski wrote on Jan 22, 2023:

"Joy, I will miss all your beautiful photos and inspirational thoughts you shared on line. Thank you for the photo for 12 year old Grace Bilbrey's little book-God's Encouraging Words. Prayers for family."

Karen Malena wrote on Jan 22, 2023:

"It was an honor to know you through Facebook beautiful lady. Your loving words, beautiful photos, and heart of God will be missed. May our Lord wrap His loving arms around your family at this time. "

Fran Bradley wrote on Jan 21, 2023:

"My sympathy for the loss of your wife, Joy. May your faith and fond memories sustain you. God Bless. Fran Bradley"

Barbara Brink wrote on Jan 21, 2023:

"I met Joy through our mutual love of writing. Thankfully, our friendship grew and we met many times to chat over breakfast. I counted her as a dear friend. She always seemed to notice when someone needed a kind word of encouragement or just a smile. She loved God's creation and took beautiful pictures of birds and nature with the eye of a true artist and always managed to use her work to point people toward the creator. I will miss her joyful spirit and friendship so much, but I know she is with her Savior and King and rejoicing. My deepest condolences to Jon and her family and friends. Praying for comfort and peace for you all. "

Barb Boswell wrote on Jan 21, 2023:

"I met Joy at the Christian Booksellers convention in Orlando years ago. She was alone in the hotel lobby and I invited her to join the gang. We went to dinner every night, including a restaurant whose name I will not share. (That was an experience, but we had fun!) Then we discovered we had the same publisher. I've followed her cancer story, as I've walked the path. Through it all, her faith was firm. She always trusted our Savior and never lost sight of Him. She was a true inspiration to all who knew her. Well done Joy! No more pain. You've reached your eternal destination. Praise on! Sending my love to Jon."

Tricia Hughes wrote on Jan 20, 2023:

"Oh Jon, I am so sorry to hear this news. Joy was such a gift to the world. Her name suited her so well. My condolences to you, your family and all her friends. The world is a little darker with her passing."