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In Memory of Joy Roos


5:00-7:00pm on Friday, July 29th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin

Funeral Services

10:00am Saturday, July 30th at the Deronda Lutheran Church, 1239 65th Avenue in Amery

Joy Darlene Roos, age 68 of Baldwin, formerly of Glenwood City died Monday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Joy was born on September 15, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois; the daughter of John and Jeanne (Perry) Swanson. She attended Johnson High School in St. Paul prior to furthering her education at St. Cloud University. On November 8, 1975, she was united in marriage to Merlin Roos at Zion Lutheran Church in Woodville. Sadly, Merlin would precede her in death in 2007. Joy loved children as they put a smile on her face. She owned and operated her own daycare for many years. Joy would later find happiness once again, as she married Gary Sellers of St. Paul. Together, they made their home in Baldwin until her death.

Joy took pleasure in keeping her mind active with logic and jigsaw puzzles or Sudoku. She was hard to beat in a game of scrabble or a game of cards. She also liked doing handwork; sewing and cross-stitch. She loved her music, researching genealogy, or feeding the birds.  But mostly, she treasured time spent with family and watching her grandchildren grow up.

Joy will remain in the hearts of her husband Gary; children Mathew Roos of Menasha, David (Sally) Roos of Roberts, Elizabeth (Colin) Weingarten of Eau Claire; Char (Tim) Haas of Milwaukee; grandchildren Annmarie, Danielle, Andrew, Destiny, Mandi, Alyssa, Emmalee, Ethan, Kevin, Neil; and her brother John ‘Jack’ (Donna) Swanson.

Joy is preceded in death by her parents; husband Merlin; granddaughter Loren; and her brother Gary Swanson.

A Memorial service for Joy will be 10:00am Saturday, July 30th at the Deronda Lutheran Church, 1239 65th Avenue in Amery.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday, July 29, 2016 at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 1010 Newton Street in Baldwin. Memorials preferred to the Make A Wish Foundation. 

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    • Liz,
      So sorry to hear about the death of your mother. I will share this with the Zion Lutheran family here in Woodville. You were a great blessing to us as you lead our choir and shared the joy of music with us. We will support you and your family with our prayers. With love, Pastor Keith Anderson

    • Joy certainly lived up to her given name. She was as steady as a rock, every day in every way. When she chose to cut loose, it was a joy to behold. My mom introduced her to her future husband and I’m so glad it was everything she thought marriage should be. She was happy and fulfilled. I thank her for so many memories and so many, many lessons. She loved in a BIG way. Her mom and dad would be proud of her life. My deepest condolences, Jack — I know how much you loved her and cared about her – she returned it in full measure. My heart and my prayers go out to all of Joy’s family — especially her children — God Bless each of you as you travel this hard road.

    • Joy was a kind and open-hearted person. She helped me quite a lot with her husband’s genealogy which he and I had in common via Marit Johnson Slyngstad Stromberg. She was knowledgable, patient, and informative. We developed an online friendship and checked on each other a few times a year. Our family expresses it’s condolences to her immediate family and her friends. God bless you Joy, for all you have shared with others. Kathy Slyngstad Aho in Rochester MN