Joyce M. Splittgerber

Joyce M. Splittgerber, 86, formerly of Plainview, died Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 at Tabitha Hospice Journey House in Lincoln.

Services will be held Saturday, March 7 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Plainview with Reverend C. Brian Bucklew officiating her celebration of life service. Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 9 a.m. until service time. Burial will take place at rural St. John's Lutheran Cemetery east of Pierce. 

The family requests memorials be given to Zion Lutheran Church and School in Plainview, 102 North Sixth Street, P.O. Box 159, Plainview, Neb. 68769.

Stonacek Memorial Chapel in Pierce is in charge of the arrangements.

Joyce Marlene Kingston Splittgerber was born Oct. 17, 1933 in Allen to Elmer and Ella (Bass) Kingston. She was baptized on March 21, 1940 at the Methodist Church in Allen. Joyce attended a rural grade school near Allen until 1940 when the family moved to Wayne after the death of her father. She attended and graduated from Wayne Prep School in 1951. She met her future husband while working as a waitress at the Wayne Cafe. Joyce enjoyed the social sport of roller skating during her high school years, but learned to love dancing and card playing more after her marriage to Gilbert Splittgerber on Aug. 23, 1951 at Grace Lutheran Church in Wayne.

Joyce was confirmed Dec. 14, 1952 when she joined St. John’s Lutheran church in Pilger. The couple lived and farmed in Wayne, Pierce and Antelope counties throughout their marriage until retiring to Plainview in 1998. Joyce and Gilbert belonged to a couples card club for over 60 years where they formed friendships still precious to this day. Since 2017 Joyce has resided primarily at Edgewood Vista in Norfolk, Brookdale in Wayne, Country House in Lincoln, and Tabitha Journey Hospice House in Lincoln, where she has courageously endured the relentless progression of her Alzheimer’s disease.

Survivors include her husband, Gilbert Splittgerber of Lincoln; children Jacquelyn (Dave) Fredrickson of Lincoln, Paul (Sally) Splittgerber of Norfolk, Brian Splittgerber of Hickman and Karen Splittgerber of Norfolk; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; a sister, Gale (Harold) Flesner of Aurora, Colo. and brother, Gary (Diane) Kingston of Niantic, Conn.; many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Ella; sisters Mona Faye (Robert) Meyer and Shirley (Gene) Fletcher, and brother Lyle (Joan) Kingston.

Pallbearers will be Joyce's grandson’s Tony Splittgerber, Kelly Splittgerber, Ryan Splittgerber, Aaron Splittgerber, Nathan Fredrickson, Michael Splittgerber and Paul Splittgerber.

Condolences may be expressed to the family on-line at

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