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Meet Your Alum Board- Joyce Riskedal

Hi, this is Joyce (Maierhofer) Riskedal (’91).  I am the one you hear from on FB and emails.  I serve as the website/database chair on the alum board. (Don’t forget to update your profile).

Shortly after I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education, I married my college sweetheart, Brad (FH, ’91).   I taught kindergarten for 2 years and started our family.  I like to consider myself as still being on maternity leave.  Except for some substitute teaching years ago, I have not returned to the classroom.

We have 2 sons, Darren and Stephen.  Darren (FH, ’16) married Kendall Herren (4-H, ’16) and lives in Lake Mills, WI. He works for Insight FS.  Stephen (FH, ’19) will be starting a job with Grainco FS here in LaSalle County after graduation.

I stay busy helping Brad on our family farm in Leland, IL, keeping the books for our trucking company, “R” Delivery, helping with Riskedal Beef while the boys are away, and running our business Country Lights Soy Candles.  Country Lights is my passion.  We manufacture soy candles and sell most of them through fundraisers across the country.  We have also started selling on our website www.countrylights.net and Amazon.

I have stayed involved with youth by serving as Cub Master for our local Cub Scout pack and helping Brad with his role as Scout Master for the Boy Scout Troop.  We are also both active in our church.  Brad is in the Lions Club and serves on the school board.  We love to help out in the community whenever we can.

I am excited about the upcoming reunion in July.  I look forward to connecting with old friends.  The best part of being on the alum board is meeting sisters from other generations and getting to know the current house girls.

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