Giles Harper Joslyn
August 26, 1992 - January 5, 2012
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"The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long. And you have burned so very, very brightly.."

In memoriam and in our hearts forever, Giles Harper Joslyn

GILES JOSLYN
MUSCATINE, Iowa - Giles Harper Joslyn, 19, of Muscatine, died on Thursday, January 5, 2012, at his home.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at the St. Mathias Church, 215 West Eighth Street. Con-Celebrating the Mass will be The Reverend Jason Crossen and The Reverend Joseph Sia. Casket bearers will be the Muscatine High School Cross Country Team.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Preucil Music School Scholarship Fund.

Giles was born on August 26, 1992, in Stillwater, Minnesota, the son of James and Pamela Harper Joslyn. In times like these we strive to remember the gifts we have been given by one so young who has left us too soon. Giles brought so much happiness to this life with a smile and kind heart that never wavered though his young life.

Where there is thoughtfulness, there was Giles, the 2 1/2 year old greeting strangers in public places by extending his hand and saying, "How do you do? My name is Giles."

Where there is music, there was Giles, singing everywhere, his voice in the children's choir resonated through the entire church which brought smiles to all.

Giles was only four when he asked to play the violin and six when he finally got the chance. Upon moving to Muscatine at the age of nine, he worked hard to master the strings and at eleven years of age, he began playing the violin at Salvatore's Restaurant, allowing him to save his first $1,000 to put towards the purchase of his first full-sized violin.

Active in school activities, Giles was a leader, a friend and a good Musician. His efforts helped to promote and support the Muscatine Symphony and MHS Orchestra and student body.

One of Giles happiest moments was his travels with the Preucil Music School to Austria in the summer of 08. The following year Giles was proud to have made Iowa All-State Orchestra and to have been nominated for and be a recipient of the Roy J. Carver Excellence in Education award and the Brenda-Garcia-VanAuken Scholarship. He was a graduate of Muscatine High School, class of 2011, and was attending Drake University as a freshman music education major, where he was very happy to have found a home with many others who shared his passion for learning and music.

He was a member of the St. Mary and St. Mathias Parish and while at Drake he was active at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Des Moines.

Those left to honor his memory include his parents, James and Pam Joslyn of Muscatine; one brother, Eli Joslyn of Muscatine; his paternal grandparents, Tom and Janis Joslyn of Clear Lake; his maternal grandparents, Joe and Rose Harper of Muscatine; three uncles, Mike Harper and wife, Peg, of Redwing, Minnesota, Paul Joslyn and wife, Theresa, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Tom Joslyn and wife, Suzie, of Kailua, Hawaii; one aunt, Jane Gruis and husband, Todd, of
Clear Lake; and 10 cousins.
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Date & Time

Tue, January 10, 2012
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Location

Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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Date & Time

Wed, January 11, 2012
11:00 AM


Location

St. Mathias Church
215 West Eighth Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761


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The Rev. Wendy K. Abrahamson
Jan 15, 2012

Dear Joslyn Family, My deepest, deepest prayers and sympathy for all of you at this time of such sorrow. I am so sorry to know of Giles passing, and I will continue to pray for all of you as the days unfold. May God sur... more

Jan 15, 2012
Dear Joslyn Family, My deepest, deepest prayers and sympathy for all of you at this time of such sorrow. I am so sorry to know of Giles passing, and I will continue to pray for all of you as the days unfold. May God surround you and hold you.

The Rev. Wendy K. Abrahamson
Mackenzie Holladay
Jan 12, 2012

I will always remember the first time I came in to contact with Giles. It was at the Muscatine County 4-H Fun Run, he was very friendly to me, as he was to many others. I was very blessed to get to know Giles throughou... more

Jan 12, 2012
I will always remember the first time I came in to contact with Giles. It was at the Muscatine County 4-H Fun Run, he was very friendly to me, as he was to many others. I was very blessed to get to know Giles throughout our years in 4-H together. It was in 4-H where I would learn about his love for the violin. Giles and I would often represent Muscatine County with our 4-H projects at the State Fair. My projects mostly being antique furniture I refinished and Giles would have projects related to the violin or music in general. Also, I remember the time Giles serenaded my friends and I at Salvatore's. His passion of playing always amazed me, especially for someone his age. Even though I have very few memories compared to those closest to Giles, the ones that I have will always have a place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends through these rough times.

Mackenzie Holladay
Dwaine & Janice Asche
Jan 12, 2012

Jim & Family, We are so sorry to hear of Giles passing.what a beautiful boy! You will have wonderful memories..God Bless the whole Joslyn Families.

Jim Murray
Jan 12, 2012

I cannot possibly imagine the heartache that you will have to endure when you lose one of your children!! 2011 has not been a good year for many of us! I am sure that time will allow you to summon the strength to move ... more

Jan 12, 2012
I cannot possibly imagine the heartache that you will have to endure when you lose one of your children!! 2011 has not been a good year for many of us! I am sure that time will allow you to summon the strength to move ahead in light of your heartbreaking tragedy! Sadly, I don't think Ann can comprehend Giles loss!

Jim Murray
Mackenzie Holladay
Jan 11, 2012

Al Asche
Jan 11, 2012

Jim & Pam and all the Joslyn family, I can't tell you how bad I feel for you... My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this terrible time! Hope to see you in Clear Lake sometime, Jim. From your High School class mate... more

Jan 11, 2012
Jim & Pam and all the Joslyn family, I can't tell you how bad I feel for you... My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this terrible time! Hope to see you in Clear Lake sometime, Jim. From your High School class mate!

Al Asche
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