Joyce F. Bragge, age 83, of Isanti and formerly of Cambridge, died November 7, 2023 at Prairie Senior Cottages in Isanti. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 18th at Lakeside Christian Church, 3623 323rd Ave NE, in Cambridge. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.
Joyce Francis Pedulla was born April 6, 1940 in Springfield, Massachusetts to John and Gladys Pedulla. Her family moved from Massachusetts in 1944 and settled in San Leandro, California. Joyce was diagnosed with congenital Glaucoma at the age of 2, had limited vision until the age of 9 or 10 and was completely blind at 12.
Joyce attended the California School for the Blind from first grade to ninth and was awarded the American Legion medal in scholastics in the 8th grade. She attended High School in San Leandro from 10th grade through 12th and was the first blind person to attend, graduating in the top 10% of her class. She was on the honor roll all three years.
On November 21, 1958, Joyce met her husband, Duane Bragge from Princeton, Minnesota. He was stationed in California with the Navy. They were married 11 months later on October 17, 1959 where they began their family. The family moved to Minnesota in 1969. Joyce worked at Westling Manufacturing for 35 years and retired at the age of 65.
Joyce Bragge passed away surrounded with love at Prairie Senior Cottages of Isanti November 7, 2023 at the age of 83 after many years battling Dementia. Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, John and Gladys Pedulla; sister, Marion; brother, Jack; beloved daughter, Robin; and the love of her life, Duane.
Joyce will be lovingly remembered by her children, Denise (Duane) Lutterman of Cambridge, Shawn (Cheryl) Bragge of Cambridge; six grandchildren, Laura (Luc) Swanson, Anna Lutterman, Kaleb Lutterman, Megan Bragge, Kyle Bragge and Jesse Bragge; four great grandchildren, Aryss Lutterman, Edyn Ferry, Bjorn Swanson, and Israel Lutterman.
Joyce Bragge will always be remembered for her selflessness, her joyful, playful spirit, her faith and love of God, and for being the strongest woman most don’t have the privilege to know in a lifetime, let alone call Mom and Grandma.