Joyce Kirchhoefer

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Joyce A. Kirchhoefer, nee Anderson, 92, of Swansea, IL, born April 2, 1930, in Newel, SD, died Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at Mercy Rehab & Care Center, Swansea, IL.

Mrs. Kirchhoefer was a teacher and had taught in both Illinois and California. She retired from Signal Hill School, Belleville, IL, on April 2, 1985. Joyce was a member of the Illinois Teacher Education Association and the St. Clair County Teacher Association. After retiring from teaching, Joyce helped her husband and his partner in their Dalee oil jobber business in Okawville, IL. For several years Joyce enjoyed bowling and was on several bowling leagues and played on several ladies’ golf leagues in the area. She traveled frequently to numerous European and Scandinavian countries with friends and enjoyed her cruise that crossed the Arctic Circle, as well as her trip to Australia. Joyce enjoyed eating out at nice restaurants with friends and whenever asked for directions someplace, she would first tell them what restaurant was located nearby. She was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church, O’Fallon, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Lee H. Kirchhoefer, whom she married on May 11, 1963, and who died on September 25, 1995; her parents, Axel and Sophie, nee Anderson, Anderson; both Danish immigrants in the early 1900’s; and a brother, Alfred Anderson.

Surviving are three brothers, Axel (Gloria) Anderson of Belleville, IL, Algren (Joanne) Anderson of Greenville, IL, and Albert (Judy) Anderson of Shiloh, IL; a niece and eight nephews, Margaret (Quent) Besing of St. Louis, MO, Mark (Carla) Anderson of Moreland Hills, OH, Matthew (Jill) Anderson of Chesterfield, MO, Michael (Jennifer) Anderson of Gaston, OR, Brien (Christie) Anderson of Dallas, GA, Erik Anderson of Belleville, IL, Scott (Teresa O’Conner) Anderson of Satellite Beach, FL, Kevin (Valerie) Anderson of Brookfield, WI, and Todd (Dawn) Anderson of North Augusta, SC; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the National Diabetes Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 20, 2022, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2022, at George Renner and Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, November 21, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Burial will be at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.



5 Comments on Joyce Kirchhoefer

Jacqueline Hrasky Moore said : Guest Report Nov 20, 2022 at 3:17 PM

Axel and Gloria and family, Sorry to read about your sister's passing. We're in Fl. She had a wonderful life. It is always hard to say goodbye. You have my condolences!

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL - Illinois
Fran Williamson said : Guest Report Nov 18, 2022 at 8:36 AM

The sweet lady who loved western movies, especially John Wayne & many many bowls of popcorn! She always wanted more for her friend, who secretly did not like popcorn! Peace to her devoted brothers. Rest in peace Miss Joyce

  • O Fallon
  • IL
Valerie said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2022 at 10:46 AM

Aunt Joyce always made me feel part of the family. Her direct and sassy attitude gave me great joy and we looked forward to seeing her whenever our family came to town. She made sure she always made time for us. She shared her zoo pass so our kids could have fun memories of St Louis. Such a caring person with a huge heart! You will truly be missed.

  • Brookfield
  • Wisconsin
Todd A Anderson said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2022 at 7:42 PM

Throughout my childhood and adulthood Joyce took a genuine interest in my life, always taking time to ask great questions, offer encouragement, and tell jokes or stories to connect the generations. It was truly an honor to know her. She will be missed!

Margaret Besing said : Guest Report Nov 15, 2022 at 6:59 PM

Love to you, Aunt Joyce. You will be missed. The "school's out for summer" excursions to The Zoo and Six Flags were so memorable! I cherish our trip to Denmark in 1997 and outings to the Symphony, Fox Theatre, and dinner in St. Louis. Jeg Elsker Dig (I love you)! With love from your favorite (only) niece, Margie

  • St. Louis
  • MO

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