Welcome to the memorial page for

Joyce Ilene Kahns Hanschu

February 22, 1934 ~ January 13, 2018 (age 83)

Harlingen, TX

February 22, 1934 to January 13, 2018

Joyce Ilene Kahns Hanschu was born on February 22, 1934 in Navarre, Kansas to Rudy and Hanna Kahns.  She passed away at the age of 83 on January 13, 2018 from Congestive Heart Failure. She was married to loving and devoted husband, Leonard Fredrick Hanschu for 65 years. Joyce is survived by her sister Lela (Lee) Denton of Silver Lake, Washington; Her sister Ardella Josephson and brother-in-law Leon Josephson of Whidbey Island, Washington; brother Ron Kahns of Phoenix, Arizona; and Sister Karla Gorham and  Brother-in-law Jay Gorham of Wenatchee, Washington.

She is also survived by her children: son John Hanschu and daughter-in-law Diane Hanschu of Largo, Florida and Daughter Kim Dugger of Olathe Kansas. Her 5 grandchildren: Shelli Elliott and Shelli’s husband Aaron Elliott of Noblesville, Indiana; Justin Dugger of Cupertino, California; Jason Hanschu and Jason’s wife Lauren Hanschu  of Pataskala, Ohio; Cole Dugger of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Kristen Raves and Kristen’s husband Brian Raves of Fishers, Indiana; In addition, she is survived by 8 great-grandchildren: Isabell Elliott, Sydney Elliott, Sitota Elliott of Noblesville, Indiana; Grace  Hanschu, Claire Hanschu, Grant Hanschu of Pataskala, Ohio; Avalyn Raves and Ayden Raves of Fishers, Indiana.

Joyce was employed by the State of Kansas prior to her retirement before moving to Texas. She was a bit of a trail blazer for women working with computers as she was one of the first women employed as a computer program analyst for the State of Kansas. Since then she has always been an early adopter of computer hardware and software. Never being one to shy away from technology you could often find her with both her Kindle and her iPad at her side.

Joyce and her husband Leonard were originally from Topeka, Kansas but have called Harlingen, Texas home for the past 24 years. She has been an active member of St. Paul Lutheran church in Harlingen for the entire time she and her husband Leonard have lived in Harlingen. She loved working cross word puzzles and playing words with friends with many people online. She dedicated much of her spare time to her family genealogy for both her family as well as her husband’s family and leaves an extensive set of volumes detailing her research for the benefit and education of her family.

The service for Joyce will be held on Wednesday, January 17 at 10am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 602 Morgan Blvd., Harlingen, TX 78550 where she and Leonard have been longtime members. You  are invited to sign the guestbook or share a memory at www.buckashcraft.com.

In lieu of flowers the family requests, please make memorial contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 602 Morgan Blvd. Harlingen, Texas 78550 or at http://www.stpaultexas.com


 Service Information

Memorial Service
January 17, 2018

10:00 AM
St. Paul Lutheran Church
602 Morgan Blvd.
Harlingen, TX 78550

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