Sturke, Joyce M.
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Joyce M. Sturke, 81, Flintville resident, gracefully and faithfully passed away at her home on Monday, December 17, 2012, with her loving family by her side.
Joyce was born June 13, 1931, to Henry and Victoria Herman (Wisniewski). She graduated from East High School, Class of 1948. She married Joseph W. Sturke on September 1, 1951 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church.
Joyce was a faithful member of SS. Edward & Isidore Catholic parish in Flintville. She was an active member of their Altar/ Rosary Society. She loved her monthly Sew "n" Sew Club, an afternoon to be with friends, knitting or crocheting, and discussing their lives.
Joyce was known for always wanting what was best for her family, often giving up her needs for someone who needed it more. She provided unconditional love, care and support to those around her. She cherished her faith and spending time with her family and friends, whether it was simply celebrating special events throughout the years or "taking a road trip" (which she never refused) to watching professional football and baseball, especially the Packers and Brewers. Joyce was game for whatever the day was to bring her. She was a den mother for Cub Scouts, volunteered her knitting of caps for the newborns at the hospitals, gardened, canned, and worked hard on the family farm.
Survivors include her seven children and their spouses, Bill (Debbie) Sturke, Shirley (Leon) Havlik, Sharon (Steve) Achten, all of Flintville; Tom (Sharon) Sturke, Hobart; Barb (Roy) Schroeder, Green Bay; Bev Sturke (Dawn Bayer), De Pere; and Mary Jo (Bob) Thomas, of Virginia; her 13 grandchildren, Joe Sturke (Bobbi), Jenny (Jason) Ness, Jamie Sturke (Kevin), Mark (Stacy) Havlik, Todd Havlik, Tim (Maria) Havlik, Matt Havlik, Andy Havlik, Eric Achten (Jeanne), Heather (Eric) Nischke, Sarah (Dave) Thibodeau, Anne (Jeremy) Meadows, and Ryan Schroeder; her 13 great-grandchildren, Connor Ness, KayteJo Sturke (Morgan), Jacob Havlik, Victoria, Isaiah, Isabella and Christopher Havlik, Kody, Kyler and Kaiden Havlik, Alissa and Ashley Nischke, and Jack Thibodeau.
She is further survived by her brother-in-law, Erv Novak; sister-in-law, Olga Bodoh; a special niece, Monie Pawlak; godchildren, Marlene Andre and Dennis Heigl; and also many wonderful nieces and nephews and relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph; her parents; her parents-in-law; a great-grandson, Nicholas Joseph Havlik; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Pauline and Lloyd Baumgart, Agnes and George Toman, Josephine and Stanley Pawlak, Anne and Pete Berg, Helen Novak, Evelyn and Jack Konzak, Titus Heigl and Ken Bodoh.
Family and friends may call at SS. Edward & Isidore Catholic Church, 3667 Flintville Rd., Flintville, from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, December 21. A Parish Wake Service will take place at 8 p.m. Friday. Friends may also call at the church from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. David J. Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
A memorial fund has been established in Joyce's name.
The family extends a special thank you to Unity Hospice, especially Kathy, Dr. Ruth Warren, and their staffs for their kindness and assistance during mom's brief illness. A heartfelt thank you is also extended to everyone who visited, called, or simply held her in your thoughts and prayers.
Mom, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Dec. 18 to Dec. 21, 2012
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