Joyce Haan

Date of Death: Feb 15, 2020
Joyce Haan

1931 - 2020

Joyce Haan, 88, of Waupun, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2020 at Prairie Ridge in Waupun.

Joyce was born at home on May 10, 1931 in Grand Rapids, MI the daughter of George and Rena Beerthuis Meyners. Joyce attended Creston Christian School and Grand Rapids Christian High School. On March 1, 1951 she married Norman B. Haan at Coldbrook Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids where they lived until Norm graduated from Calvin Seminary in 1960. From then on they shepherded churches in Volga SD, Flint, MI, Phoenix AZ, Waupun, WI, Worthington, MN and Bakersfield, CA. They returned to the Waupun area after their retirement in 1994. Joyce was very involved in all of the church’s Bible studies, various societies like Mary Martha, Ladies Aid, along with church and school events. On occasions, Joyce accompanied Norm on his mission trips to Ukraine and the Philippines. She visited church families with Norm in their retirement years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, reading, sewing for her children and grandchildren, playing piano and making various crafts. She also enjoyed working at Bargains Galore Thrift Store and was an active member of First Christian Reformed Church.

Joyce and Norm were blessed with 6 children: Norma Voss of Mesa, AZ, Fred (Cheryl) Haan of Sioux Center, IA, Rich (Marsha) Haan of Grand Rapids, MI, Tom (Marilyn) Haan of Longview, WA, Brenda (Kevin) Haan Greenfield of Fox Lake, WI, and Kevin (Angela) Haan of Waupun, WI; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 5 step-great-grandchildren; 1 step-great-great-granddaughter; 2 more great-grandchildren due this year; 2 sisters: Virginia VanderWerff and Arlene (Gary) Popma; 3 sisters-in-law: Joyce VanVels, Ruth Kok, and Carol (Jerry) Velthouse.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Norman in 2013; her parents; 3 brothers-in-law; and an infant grandson, Peter Haan.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 9-11 a.m.


Per Joyce’s request there will be a private funeral service for immediate family only.

Memorial Contributions

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be set up in Joyce’s name.



  1. Arlene Popma Says: February 19, 2020 at 9:00 am

    I will miss my sister,but I am thankful I know she is now in Jesus arms.

  2. Virginia Vander Werf Says: February 21, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    I have wonderful memories of my sister Joyce. We had many good times as Henry and I would make a visit to each new location when the Lord had directed them to move. Also, one visit where Joyce and Mom came to visit us in Florida and she shared her mini-creme puff recipe with us. We had a great time making and eating them together. We will certainly miss her but rejoice in the fact that we will see her again one day.

  3. Vanessa Duvenhage Says: February 22, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    It’s always hard saying your final goodbyes to one of your residents. Joyce was definitely one of my favorites and she’ll always hold a special place in my heart. It’s funny how a shirt that she wore could cause instant tears but that one “busy butterfly” shirt has so many good laughs and memories. She hated it, I thought it looked great on her and she would laugh and tell me that I could have it or another staff would say that it was a nice shirt and she would start belly laughing and say well you can’t have it! Well I got the shirt like she promised and I’m so thankful for her family for a small gesture of gratitude that means a lot to me. Rest easy my dear, I’m gonna miss you and all our conversations while I sat in the rocking chair holding your hand

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