Coping with Grief
We would like to offer our sincere support to anyone coping with grief. Enter your email below for our complimentary daily grief messages. Messages run for up to one year and you can stop at any time. Your email will not be used for any other purpose.
Joyce Elaine Frankel, age 76, entered heavens gates on October 1, 2023 at home surrounded by family. She was born on May 7, 1947 to the union of Grace Alice Laufer and Alvin Glynn Kester in Springville, New York. During her early years she worked on the family's dairy farm with her parents and brother (Wayne since deceased). Joyce attended Springville Griffith Institution where she was a member of the Honor Roll Society and played trumpet in the band, graduating in 1965. She went onto being accepted into Ambassador University in Pasadena, California where she was an active member in the French Club and the college band playing trumpet. Joyce worked in the French Department as a copy editor of the magazine 'La Peure Verite'.
Beloved wife to Richard John Frankel. Loving mother to Suzi (Bruce) Ebel, Johnathan (Elaine) Frankel, Richard (Sarah) Frankel, Richenda (Eric) Petersen and Britton Frankel. Dear Grandmother to Grace Ebel, Emilia Ebel, Hudson Ebel, Nathan Frankel, Brayden Frankel, Lola Frankel, Max Frankel, Bella Frankel, Eliana Frankel, Kaden Petersen, Kenten Petersen, Felicity Petersen, Jasen Petersen, Sedona Frankel and Gemma Frankel.
In 1968 Joyce was chosen as a transfer student to the sister campus in Bricket Wood, England. While there she met a graduate named Richard who came back to visit his alma mater frequently. On one of these visits she fell in love with him and he did too. Their love story did not end after he was transferred to Baltimore-Washington DC in late September of 1968 and they continued their trans-Atlantic romance and shortly after were engaged in January. When she returned to the USA in June of 1969 they were married in Falls Church, Virginia and one year later they had their first child, Suzi and their family began to grow from there.
From 1970 to 1974 they lived in Jerusalem, Israel representing the Ambassador Cultural Foundation bringing students to work at the Temple Mount Excavations. The year 1974 to 1976 they were sent to pastor all over England in many places, such as, Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle. In the year 1976 Joyce and Richard came back to the USA where they pastored in New Jersey from 1976-1980. They lived and served in Washington, DC from 1980 to 1991 and then moved to Chicago in 1991 where they have pastored in Chicago, Illinois and Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Joyce walked with God all her life, she was always full of love, faith and hope. Joyce accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior 57 years ago in Springville, New York. She lived her life as Christ would have lived it. She followed the direction of the Holy Spirit inside of her. She believed in one God, eternally existing in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. She believed that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and is true God and true man. She believed that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. That all who receive Christ through repentance and faith are born again of the spirit and become children of God. She believed that the Bible is the revealed word of God, as inspired by the Holy Spirit and that is the final authority in faith & life. Her prayer for all was for every man, woman and child to come to Christ and enter into the kingdom of God.
In 1990 Joyce was diagnosed with stage 4 Lymphatic cancer and spent six weeks in the hospital receiving her own bone marrow. Since then she has been on blood thinners and has had many scares along the way but God delivered her. Six years ago she developed Alzheimers and has gone down ever since but her faith had kept her strong and she has had several visions of going home to be with God, where she is now and wants everyone she loves to be with her in the kingdom of God.
A visitation will take place on Monday, October 9, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. until time of funeral service at 2:00 P.M.
at Christ Church Lake Forest, 100 N Waukegan Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045