Joyce Slick (Slick) Ehlers

Born: Sun., Jul. 18, 1926
Died: Sat., Feb. 26, 2011


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Thu., Mar. 03, 2011
Location: - Not available -

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Thu., Mar. 03, 2011

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 Joyce S. Ehlers

July 18, 1926 – February 26, 2011



Former South Bend resident Joyce Slick Ehlers, 84, of Notre Dame, IN died Saturday, February 26, 2011 in her residence surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Ehlers was born July 18, 1926 in Gary, IN to the late Bernice (Shirk) and Glenn F. Slick and had lived in South Bend since 1948 coming from West Lafayette, IN. On September 12, 1947 in Gary as Joyce Slick she married Edwin S. Ehlers who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Sally E. Dreisbach of Ormond Beach, FL, Polly E. Salak of Arcola, IL and Patricia J. Frazier of Plant City, FL; one son, Thomas S. Ehlers, (Gwen) of Mishawaka; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Joann Foley. Domestic Engineer is the title used today. Attending Purdue did make her an “Engineer”, but her true title was Wife, Mother, Grand-Mother, Great-Grandmother, and Friend. Joyce loved family. She loved cooking, sewing, and reading. She traveled the world, biked through Italy, safaried in Africa, fished and hunted in Alaska, skied in the mountains of Colorado, camped throughout the West, shelled the beaches of Florida, and sat on many bleachers throughout the country. She will be greatly missed in our daily lives, but her memories will remain with us forever….. A celebration of Joyce’s life will be held at Noon Thursday, March 3rd, in First Presbyterian Church, 333 W. Colfax Ave., South Bend with Rev. Janet L. Dykstra officiating. The family will receive friends in the social hall of the church on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Center for Hospice Care, 111 Sunnybrook Ct., South Bend, IN, 46637. Welsheimer Family Funeral Home and Crematory is handling 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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Emily Coffey
   Posted Tue March 01, 2011
Dear All,
So very sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Our Father passed away in December and I know how hard all of this is on a family. Keep each close and know our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

Mary Ann McTigue
   Posted Tue March 01, 2011
I will miss my very dear friend Joyc. We had some wonderful times and adventures together. I especially enjoyed our last time together visiting the Christmas Shop at New Carlisle, IN. We had many shopping adventures together.
My heart and prayers are with you all.
xoxoxo Mary Ann McTigue

Vicky Coppock
   Posted Tue March 01, 2011
I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Vicky

Karl Holderman
   Posted Wed March 02, 2011
Tom --- Very sorry for your loss. Lisa and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Jim Welling
   Posted Wed March 02, 2011
On behalf of all the Wellings, we extend condolences to all. We lost our mother on Monday. May your Mom and ours meet in Heaven and enjoy the rewards they so richly deserve. God bless.

Jim Lamb
   Posted Wed March 02, 2011
Joyce is a friend who will be greatly missed.

She embodied the character from scripture - Proverbs 31:10 -31 "The Wife of Noble Character"

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants.
She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Honor her for all that her hands have done,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

Ray Burnett
   Posted Wed March 02, 2011
Eddie and Tom:
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Keep up the battle.

jim augustine
   Posted Thu March 03, 2011
to the Ehlers family I want to express my deepest thoughts and prayers...I will be making a trip to the Grotto today to light candles for the Welling and also the Ehlers.....God Bless, Jim

Thomas J. Farwell
   Posted Thu March 03, 2011
Dear Ed, Tom & Family,

Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. You are in my prayers.


Thomas J. Farwell, LUTCF
(Former Lincoln Financial Advisor 1996-2002)

Kirby Falkenberg
   Posted Fri March 04, 2011
Dear Ed, Tom and Family,
It was a joy to celebrate your wife, mother and grandmother's life at the church yesterday.
What wonderful stories about Joyce. When given the opportunity to say a few words, nothing came to mind until about 10 minutes later. I would have gone up and spoke about Ed's committment to the YMCA, the Century Center and probably 20 other causes in the community. While we get the plaques and the recognition, it is really the wife and mother back home that holds the family together and fills the void in the families life when dad is at another meeting.
So, to the little extent that I and others represent the community, I want to say thank you Joyce for all the support and glue that enabled others to be so of service to the community.

With great love and admiration,

We remain,

The Kirby Falkenberg Family

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