Georgia “Joy” Young, 97
Published 1:50 p.m. Wednesday 23 November 2022
Georgia “Joy” Young, 97, formerly of Adams, Minnesota, went to her heavenly home at Mala Strana Assisted Living in New Prague, Minnesota on Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
Joy was born on December 19, 1924 in Saint Paul, Minnesota to Christian and Ethel (Sweely) Petersen. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and received her teaching degree from State Teachers College in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
Joy would use her gift of teaching to touch the lives of so many children in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. “Ms. Young” was loved by students at Grand Meadow, Minnesota, and Cushing, Wisconsin schools. In the midst of pursuing a master’s degree in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Joy decided to marry. After the marriage, Joy continued to teach , not only in schools but also at home, and raised five children herself.
After 38 years as a teacher, Ms. Young retired. With her husband Meryl, they traveled the country in a camper van. Many postcards have been sent as they traverse state parks, national forests, and other famous locations. After Meryl’s death in 1992, Joy moved to the Amery and St. Croix, Wisconsin area to be closer to her children.
Joy was a lover of cats and dogs, and brought home as many of them as she “could persuade to follow.” “Mother” enjoyed spending time with Coleen outside, bird watching and in the garden. She enjoyed puzzles and books with Vicki. She played board games and ate fresh trout and asparagus with Michael. Mom and Daniel played the piano together, and she cherished spending time with his family. David brought the laughter, the walleye, and the fulfillment of their prayers as their fifth child confessed his faith in Christ. Even during her final days at the Mala Strana Rehabilitation Center in New Prague, Minnesota, staff commented on how “cute” Joy was and how much she will be missed. Grandma Joy, you are a strong woman whose life has not been easy, but you have proven that anything is possible as long as you follow the Lord. Thank you for leading by example, praying without ceasing, and driving a snowmobile across a frozen lake at age 91! There is no doubt that you will be missed. We all love you so much!
Remembered on this earth are her children Coleen Pobanz, Vicki (Tom) Huber, Michael (Kathy) Newby, Daniel (Denise) Newby and David (fiancé Karin) Newby; eleven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; sister Carolyn (Dave) Peyton and family; Niece Paula Estlund and many, many of her beloved students. Joy was preceded in death by her brother Richard Petersen and her husband Meryl Young.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Adams Funeral Home, conducted by Pastor Dale Christiansen. Burial will be at Dexter Cemetery. The viewing takes place on Wednesday afternoon from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. before the service.