Joyce Kay Eakes, 74, West Branch
Obituaries · April 06, 2017

Joyce Kay Eakes, 74, of West Branch, Iowa, passed away peacefully March 31, 2017, at her home, surrounded by loving family.

All are welcome to attend a celebration of life at her home, 128 Oliphant Street in West Branch between 2 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, in lieu of a traditional service, per Joyce’s wishes. Memorial gifts may be made to Iowa City Hospice or the West Branch Public Library. Condolences may be shared with her family at

Joyce was born June 12, 1942, in Iowa City, Iowa. She was the daughter of Al and Helen Wonick. Joyce worked as a nurse’s aide in Labor and Delivery at the University of Iowa Hospital for 15 years. Prior to that, she worked at Crestview Nursing Home in West Branch, Iowa.

Joyce’s hobbies included time with her family, bowling, reading, consignment/shopping, camping, visiting the casino and attending her grandchildren’s activities.

She was proceeded in death by her son, Jeffrey Lane Kober; her parents; and her brother, James Wonick.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Allen; her son, James Henry; her daughters, Debra (Jim) Belknap, Kerry (Matthew) Koenighain, Lisa (Lonnie) Zingula and Kate (Jeremy) Kangas; her grandchildren: Tara, Brooke, Jacob, Zachery, Jordan, Karissa, Allen, Emma, Jeffrey, Sophie, Madelynn and Gunnar; and great-granddaughter Lakin.

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