Joy Steenson Reiten Passes at 91

Joy Reiten

Joy Reiten, wife of Chester Reiten and one of the founding pioneers of Norsk Hostfest, passed away on Tuesday, June 21 at the age of 91. A fascinating woman, Joy was a Hillsboro High School graduate and had a job building guns for the military in 1942 before joining the Navy WAVES. In the Navy, she became an airplane mechanic and served at the San Diego Naval Station.

Joy Reiten worked alongside her husband in building what we know today the KX Network broadcasting business, and in establishing and developing the Norsk Hostfest – Minot’s annual Scandinavian Festival. KX Network’s Jim Olson had this say about the broadcast family’s matriarch “I will always remember the kind words she had for me every time we crossed paths over the years – and admire her patriotism and the strength of character she displayed throughout her life.”

Like Chester who left us in 2013, Joy will be remembered for her inspiration, her commitment to family and community values and the legacy she left for us to share.

Memorial gifts in honor of Joy Reiten can be made on the Foundation’s secure website. Joy’s family has requested gifts be directed to Norsk Høstfest. Please select the Norsk Høstfest General Fund or the Norsk Hostfest General Endowment Fund whichever is your preference. Remember to fill in the “In memory” section. Your remembrance of Joy (without a dollar amount) will be shared with her family.

Please click Donate to access the on-site donation form.

Thank you!


Visit the official Hostfest site
Visit the Scandinavian Heritage Association site
Visit the Scandinavian Hall of Fame site