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Joyce Duffy

Joyce A. Duffy, 83, of rural Solon, passed away at home on Jan. 28, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial was held Feb. 3 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. The Rev. Gary Beckman officiated. Burial was in St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Joyce Duffy Memorial.
Joyce enjoyed a lifetime of accomplishments in banking, agriculture, the natural environment, government, art and public service. Joyce and her husband, Charles Duffy, former Johnson County Supervisor, met as Iowa City High School sweethearts and began married life in bank management at Iowa City’s First National Bank; before purchasing her ancestral Kasper estate in rural Solon. Together they raised nationally-respected, award-winning purebred Shorthorns, Tamworths, and Plymouth Rocks; and supplied commodities to the University of Iowa Food Service. Charley and Joyce were honored as Kiwanis Outstanding Farm Couple and the Winter Beef Expo Iowa Royal was dedicated to them. They enjoyed 63 years of marriage. Charles passed away in February 2011. Joyce worked as Johnson County elections board official, and as director for Ecumenical Towers, Farm Bureau, County Action Committees, 4-H and FFA Fair, Bill Reilly Talent Shows, Iowa Shorthorn Lassies Association, Iowa City Catholic School Board, and Johnson County’s original health council. She was a Girl Scout Leader and Youth Achievement show judge and also volunteered for St. Wenceslaus Church, Regina High School, Johnson County Historical Society, Eagles, Knights and Moose Club activities, and at The University of Iowa athletic events. As an accomplished artist, Joyce exhibited oil paintings at Iowa City’s Recreation Center and Senior Center, and taught and judged art and floral design. She was a superb seamstress and designed costumes for area dance studios, school and community stage productions, and club events.
Joyce was uniquely comfortable among persons of all professions, and enjoyed annual Amana Golf visits with Joe Garagiola and Glen Campbell; entertaining Bruce Babbitt, Mike McCurry and John Glenn in her home; and hosting state cattlemen field days and international media film crews on her farm. She appeared on CBS Morning News, and also enjoyed international travel with Charles and annual Washington, D.C. visits.
Joyce is survived by her son Charles J. “Chuck” Duffy and daughters Bonnie Bradley, Patricia desJardins, Beth Duffy, and Lora (John) Danker; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Jean Kasper.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John S. and Adela Kohout Kasper. Online condolences may be sent to www.lensingfuneral.com.