September 13, 2021

Joy Elaine Schwindt

Joy Elaine Schwindt (Tigges), 76, of Lincoln passed away on September 10, 2021.   Born in Sioux  City, Iowa on September 29, 1944, she was lovingly adopted by Wilbur and Marguerite Tigges of rural Peterson, Iowa.  Joy was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed church of rural Peterson.   She attended Brook consolidated school and graduated Aurelia High School in 1962.   She attended business college in Sioux City and then moved to Lincoln where she met the love her life, Roger.  She worked at Midwest Life Insurance, and later at Goodrich Middle School.  When Joy’s daughters were in grade school she volunteered countless hours as a Bible school teacher, a Girl Scout leader, for the PTA and at the Red Cross.   Some of Joy’s greatest pleasures in life were spending time with her family, talking to friends, reading, playing cards and cuddling with cats.  She was a loving and supportive wife, mother and friend. 

 Preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Marguerite Tigges, Grandparents, Bertha and Arthur Lindlief and William and Ester Tigges, brother Lynn Lief Tigges, nephew Roger Dewayne Tigges, sister in law Marilyn Tigges, parents in law John and Florence Schwindt and brother in law Ronnie Schwindt.

 Survived by her husband Roger John Schwindt, daughters, sons in law Donna Schwindt and Matt Cunitz (El Cerrito, California) and Debbi and Matt Cech (Lincoln), brother Neal Tigges (Phoenix), brother and sister in law Carroll and Elsie Tigges (Cherokee, IA) and brother in law Rick Schwindt (Harvard).

The family would like to extend their thanks for Joy’s many caregivers from Tabitha Home Health, Ambassador Health and Tabitha Hospice care.

 At Joy’s request there will not be a funeral service.   Condolences or personal reflections may be left online at    Memorials to family for future designation. 





  1. Roger and family I am sorry for loss. Joy was such a wonderful lady. I worked with Joy at Goodrich. She was always so helpful working in the copy room doing projects for teachers,administrators and students. She was a sweetheart 💕

  2. Roger, much sympathy to you and your family. I feel your
    Loss. Jack Olig

  3. Dear Roger, Donna and Debbie,

    I was very sad to hear about Joy’s death. I am remembering Joy and all of you in my prayers.

    Joy was a lovely person. She was always friendly, kind and helpful.
    Such a smart lady and so creative!
    She often expressed her love for
    her family and she also showed
    caring for others. I am lucky that I
    had the opportunity to work with Joy at Goodrich Middle School. I feel blessed that she has been my friend for many years.

  4. Sending our sympathy and prayers. Joy was a great friend through the years of working together at Goodrich. She will be missed by many.

  5. Roger, Donna and Debbie,

    I am so sorry to hear of Joy’s death. As cousins growing up together we spent a lot of time together and I have very fond memories. Even though our lives have taken us to different cities and on different paths I will never forget our early years.

    You have our deepest sympathy and prayers for your family.

    Sharon and Rod Peters

  6. Roger,
    It was a great pleasure to work with Joy at Goodrich Middle School. The copy room was right across the way from the library where I worked. She had everything so neat and organized in there and knew exactly where a particular tape was that a teacher requested to show their students. She gave me a lighted flower in a vase and I still have it- the petals have since broken but the lights work, so I’ve kept it. It reminds me of her. She was so kind hearted- it was sad to have her leave Goodrich. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Aleta

  7. Roger and family: it was with sadness that I learned of Joy’s death earlier this week. I remember her as a positive and upbeat person who did a tremendous amount of work for the Girl Scout council. I was new to the organization in those days, and made frequent errors. Joy would let me stumble around for a while, trying to figure out the problem myself. Then she would gently push me towards a solution. It was always perfect! I laughed and laughed a couple of times when I thought about how she had managed me. I had a lot of fun with that job, and with all of you who put your efforts there. Joy will be missed! Laurel Marsh


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