Joy F. Owens Trunzler

Joy F. Owens Trunzler

Joy Faye Owens Trunzler, 81, of Harrisonburg, passed from this life on Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

She was born October 5, 1938 in Alexandria, to Jack and Iva Clark Owens. In 1945, the Owens built a home in Harrisonburg, and Joy grew up in Harrisonburg and graduated from Harrisonburg High School.

While in high school she played basketball on the Harrisonburg girls’ team like many young girls of her age. Joy graduated in 1960 from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology, chemistry and physics.

In the summer of 1984 Joy returned to live in Harrisonburg and began working for the State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Community Services as a child abuse investigator. Joy continued to work in that office until her retirement and during her tenure had a positive impact of the lives of countless children in both Catahoula and Concordia Parishes.

Upon her death, Joy was a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Jena, Louisiana. Joy was also a devoted LSU fan who loved her team, was addicted to discount stores and could never pass up a yard sale.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating her life will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Jena with Rev. Jason Gootee officiating. A graveside service and burial will follow at Harrisonburg Cemetery under direction of Young’s Funeral Home of Jonesville.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 27 years, Basil G. Trunzler, IV, and her beloved nephew T-jack Owens.  

Survivors include two children Anne Lemke Head and Paul A Lemke III; her brother, Jack F Owens, Jr; her grandchildren, Ava Diamond and Weston Diamond; step-grandchildren, Jackson Head and Kendall Head; nieces Tia Powers and Leah Tiffee; nephew Zachery Owens; son-in-law Ken Head; and finally her beloved Maltese Mia.

Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Oliphant, Jackie Owens, Daryl Floyd, Ken Head, Jackson Head and Zachary Owens.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, by mail to 501 St. Jude Plaza, Memphis, TN 38105. Donate by phone at (800) 805-5856 or go to

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