Joy Leslie Oehler, of Mora, died on Friday, June 19, 2020, at Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis. She was 62 years old. 

She was born Aug. 3, 1957, in Washington D.C. to John and Wanda (Mitter) Dye. She grew up in Piedmont, West Virginia, with her six siblings and attended Piedmont High School where she was active in her school as a cheerleader. After high school she moved to San Diego, California where she met Jerry Oehler. They were united in marriage on June 14, 1976, in Maryland and had three kids. In the early part of their marriage, they lived in Twin Lakes, Isle and New Richland, Minnesota before moving to Mora to raise their children. 

She was employed at Fingerhut for many years during her working career. She was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church while she lived in Mora. After her divorce, she moved back to Keyser, West Virginia in 2005 to care for her sick father and spend time with him before he passed. In 2017 she moved back to Mora to be near her kids and four grandkids.

She enjoyed life and loved spending time with friends and especially family. The family spent many memorable weekends and vacations camping. She had a big, generous heart as she was active in her community in Keyser, West Virginia where she volunteered at a nursing home. She took great pride in helping others and families who were less fortunate, especially during the holidays. Christmas was her favorite holiday and she enjoyed bringing holiday cheer to all those around her. She loved life and brought happiness to everyone around her. She loved that her kids and their friends spent time in the house and was known as “Mama Oehler” by all of her kid’s friends.

She was a wonderful person, and she will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. She will be lovingly remembered. 

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Wanda (Mitter) Dye; brother, Robert Helmick; and daughter, Kimberly Dye.

She is survived by her children, Jerry Oehler, Jr., of Worthington, Jeff Oehler of St. Paul, Jenny (Jeremy) Dunagan of Mora; grandchildren, Ah’niyah, Evan, Matthias and Alize; siblings, Kathy Malcom, Saprina Hutchinson, Todd Dye, Danny Dye, Johnny Dye, Patrick Helmick and Charles Clark; as well as many, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home.  Arrangements are by the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home of Mora.  Condolences may be posted at


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