August 25, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
August 26, 2017
- 10:00 AM
August 26, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
August 26, 2017Hunter Cemetery, Hunter, North Dakota
Joyce Lorraine Leach, 66, Fargo, North Dakota, died Monday, August 21, 2017 at Sanford Medical Center Fargo with her three surviving daughters at her side. Joyce was born March 16, 1951 in Fargo, North Dakota, the daughter of Carl & Gladys (Myers) Richtsmeier. She grew up in rural Hunter, ND and graduated in 1969 from Arthur High School in Arthur, ND. Joyce later graduated from Dakota Business College in Fargo. She worked for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of ND & Tri-State Auto Auction before spending the majority of her career as the Office Manager at Ness Auto Sales.
Joyce married Gary Duane Leach in Fargo, ND on December 22, 1972. They had four daughters: Tiffany, Tammy, Trista, & Trachelle. Joyce had a fun-loving nature and showed it through having many lengthy phone conversations, dancing, listening to music, attending concerts, reading, playing bingo, & doing anything that brought her time with family & friends. Prior to Gary’s passing, Joyce also enjoyed traveling to area craft shows where she & Gary would sell homemade wooden crafts. Later, she continued her love of traveling by visiting family & friends. Her vibrant personality, caring attitude and heart of gold will be sorely missed.
She is survived by daughters Tiffany (Jason) Eblen, Reile’s Acres, ND, Trista (Justin) Briscoe, Fargo, ND, & Trachelle Leach, Fargo, ND; grandchildren Cody Rhinhart, Tristan & Trenton Walsh, & Gavin & Wyatt Briscoe (all Fargo, ND); sister Hazel (Arnold) Overland, Baudette, MN; sister Dorothy (Floyd) Hauck, Utica, SD; brother Walt (Pearl) Richtsmeier, Galesburg, ND; sister-in-law Marlys Richtsmeier, Hunter, ND; sister-in-law Marion (Jesse) Paulson, Fargo, ND; sister-in-law Donna Gamache, Lisbon, ND; best friend & cousin Janelle (BJ) Jones, Poulsbo, WA, as well as several nieces, nephews & cousins.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents Carl & Gladys Richtsmeier, husband Gary Leach, daughter Tammy Leach, brother Howard Richtsmeier, & sister-in-law Eileen Lillis.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on Friday, August 25, 2017 at Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo. Visitation will be continued at Boulger Funeral Home on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM followed by her funeral at 10:00 AM. Burial will be held at Hunter Cemetery in Hunter, ND at 2:00 PM.