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Joyce Christine Scheel

October 22, 1942 - April 21, 2020

Joyce Christine Scheel met her Lord on April 21, 2020, at the age of 77, during a long fight from pancreatic cancer in the Post Acute Medical Center in Denver, CO. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, as well as a staple in the mountain community music scene, was an amazing woman and loved by many.

Joyce was born in Cromwell, Indiana on October 22, 1942. She attended school in Cromwell, and graduated high school in 1961 as valedictorian. She then went on to get a bachelor’s degree at Manchester College in music education in 1965. Joyce began teaching students during her sophomore year in college.

She married Vernon Dale Scheel on July 11, 1964, and they shared 55 years of marriage. They moved to Colorado to start a family, where they settled in Conifer in 1970. Joyce was self employed as a music teacher, sharing her knowledge and talents with three generations of students. She also served at many of the churches in the mountain area, playing piano, organ and accompaniment for vocalists.  Joyce brought joy to seniors at the local life care facility where she brought her students in to share music with the residents.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Vernon Scheel; daughter, Melissa Christine Scheel Quinlan; son-in-law Michael Quinlan; daughter Alyssa Marie Scheel; soon to be son-in-law Robert Zander; granddaughter, Brittany Christine Quinlan Morrison; grandson, Ian Michael Quinlan; great grandsons, Brody Lee Morrison and Brooks Michael Morrison. She was proceeded in death by her mother, father, brother and son, whom she is now reunited with in Heaven.

In lieu of flowers to donate to my brothers scholarship fund at:

www.rrcc.edu  Matthew Scheel Firefighter Scholarship fund.



8 Responses

  1. Anne Irvin Steele says:

    Joyce Scheel was an amazing piano teacher! So very gifted and so very sweet! I spent many hours with her teaching me piano, and I also house sat and took care of her animals in the 1970’s when she went home to visit family in Indiana. I remember her small children Matthew and Melissa. I used to walk miles to home (from Aspen Park to Conifer Meadows down Foxton Road) after her lessons because we valued her instruction and had no other transportation home. She was a truly wonderful person. My heart goes out to the Scheel family.

  2. Jay Baca says:

    Joyce was such an amazing soul. My family and I lift up our hearts in prayer for her. A musical teacher a beautiful example to live by. Thank you Joyce, for helping me help others through the beauty of music. Jay and the girls- Shasta Baca, Leticia Baca and Cassandra Baca.

  3. Greg Jackson says:

    Joyce was a person who always sought to encourage and lift up the people around her, regardless of their age or station in life. Music was her favorite tool for that, but she also pulled from a deep well of grace and faith. We should honor her by trying to emulate that. She certainly is missed by many.

  4. Annika Jackson says:

    I will always be thankful she shared her love of music with me.

  5. Terry Green says:

    Our deepest condolences to all of you Joyce was always one of my favorite cousins she had such a contagious smile and laugh it was always a joy to see her and get caught up on all the family She will be greatly missed but I know She is enjoying Heaven right now looking forward to seeing all of us someday ❤️

  6. Jackie Bowlin says:

    Ms. Joyce was the most amazing beautiful selfless soul I have ever met in my whole life. She taught generations of our family piano but most importantly she was a lesson herself on being an extraordinary and caring person. I know she will be truly missed and I will pray for your family everyday.

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  8. Shelley Morton says:

    Have been thinking of your mom quite a bit since I heard the news. There were a couple of years there that your mom was a second mom to me. She was an amazing woman and she will be missed.

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