Joyce L. (Hardy) Kroll

Born: Fri., Aug. 4, 1933
Died: Sun., Feb. 20, 2011


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Thu., Feb. 24, 2011
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Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Thu., Feb. 24, 2011

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Joyce L. Kroll

Aug. 4, 1933 – Feb. 20, 2011

Joyce L. Kroll 77, of South Bend, passed away 12:30 pm. Sunday, February 20, 2011 in her residence. Joyce was born August 4, 1933 in South Bend to the late Horace and Rachel (Jones) Hardy. Joyce was also preceded in death by her sons Jerry Austin, Gary Austin and Christopher Kroll, a sister Hortense Magee, and brother, Ronald Hardy. On August 10, 1979 in South Bend, Joyce married Mark Kroll who survives. Also surviving are her daughters, Erika (Brandon) Hill of Merrillville, IN and Chrislyn Austin of South Bend, and son Terry (Mary Sue ) Austin of South Bend, sisters, Evelyn Robinson, Audrey Spencer, Phyllis Canty, Marlene Jenkins, and Deborah Diggins, brothers, Horace, Kenneth, Curtis, Karl, Stephen, and Mark Hardy, several grand and great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Joyce had worked as a teacher’s aid at Madison elementary school, and was a mother at Pentecostal Cathedral, South Bend, where she helped teach Sunday school and participated in many activities. Joyce will be remembered most for her God given ability to raise and shape the lives of the many children that she encountered from new born to young adults. The world is now and forever will be a better place because she was here. Her work is done and now may she rest in peace. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11am. Thursday, February 24, 2011 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1501 W. Washington St. South Bend, with Pastor Leonard Collins officiating. Friends may visit with the family two hours prior to the service on Thursday at the church. In Joyce’s memory, contributions may be made to the Center for Hospice, 111 Sunnybrook Ct. South Bend, IN 46637. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Joyce's memory to the following organization:

Center for Hospice and Palliative Care
111 Sunnybrook Court, South Bend, IN 46637

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Robin Benevich
   Posted Wed February 23, 2011
Dear Erika, I am so sorry to hear of the death of your mother and want to add my condolences. But at the same time, I am flooded with many good memories of you (and Chris). I remember how I could always count on you for the valid interpretation and character names for Dead Poet's Society. (We still teach that movie). I also remember that you were much opposed to teaching Huck Finn in our school and I wonder how you feel about that now....
You strong character and your beautiful spirit as a young woman are your mother's legacy. I know she is proud of all you are and I am happy to have known you. Robin Benevih

renee Mckinney
   Posted Wed February 23, 2011
such a tremendous loss ! Joyce will be so deeply missed...we all loved her so much. to the family, please dont cry, God himself is gonna make her over.

Marcia Brown Humphrey
   Posted Wed February 23, 2011
I had the pleasure of meeting Sister Joyce when my twins Ashley & Whitney were 1st born. Marlene Jenkins (Ms. J) told me " don't worry Joyce girl, because Joyce is the Queen of Twins and she will answear all your questions" ! She gave me everything I needed from strollers to baby beds ! Then one day the boy twin was gettting too fat and I called Joyce and asked her what to do and she said " Girl Stop Him Now , Because if You Don't He'll Eat You Out of House and Home" !
The last time I seen Sister Joyce was in Walmart, our favorite store.She told me she was tired but by the GRACE of GOD she was going to get out the store because everyone she met on that day was making her want to cut a step and I told her " GET YOUR PRAISE ON ".
I will miss her but I know that she will will suffer NO MORE because she has gone to a better place that if we hold on to the end we can see her again !

Phyllis Kaminski
   Posted Wed February 23, 2011
I extend my sympathy and prayers to all in the family. I knew Joyce only through her son Terry Austin and a few of her granddaughters. They say a mother not only gives her children life but she gives them a world. Joyce mothered in both of those ways and passed on her good genes and her gifts to her children. Be assured of my prayers in your time of grieving. Our faith assures us that Joyce is with God.

Rolande Parent
   Posted Wed February 23, 2011
I met Joyce at the YWCA when she worked there years ago. I was there as a volunteer. What a wonderful and beautiful person she was. I will always cherish the laughs we shared and will always remember the joy she had when Chris and Erika came into the family. No doubt she is chatting with Chris in heaven right now. God bless her and the loved ones that she leaves to mourn her.

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