LINCOLNSHIRE – Joyce Audrey Marquardt (nee Lussky), 74, of Lincolnshire, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, after a long and courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer.|
Joyce was born Jan. 3, 1938, to Oliver and Thelma. She grew up with older brother, Donald, in Aurora.
A gifted and eager student, Joyce was moved up a grade in elementary school before graduating from East Aurora High School and then attending Northern Illinois University on scholarship. She graduated as a math education major with a minor in music. Joyce worked as a junior high school teacher after college.
Once her children were grown, she went back to school and earned a master's degree in education from National Louis University, at age 60, with a 4.0 grade point average.
In 1960 she met and married Larry Marquardt, with whom she shared and enjoyed 41 wonderful years of marriage. They were blessed with 12 children, nine children-in-law, and 32 grandchildren, with another one expected this fall.
Joyce and Larry raised their family in Libertyville, where they were very involved in St. John's Lutheran Church.
Joyce was gifted with an incredibly beautiful singing voice and participated in several choirs from childhood on.
In addition, Joyce was a dedicated pregnancy counselor and active volunteer in pro-life activities, an issue that was very important to her. From 2002 until her passing, she served as chair of the Love of God Foundation, a charity that helps people in need with health, humanitarian and educational assistance.
Joyce is survived by her children, Valerie and Bob Hicke of Circle Pines, Minn., Karl and Ilene of Leonia, N.J, Paul and Karen of Racine, Wis., Kurt and Stephanie of Elgin, Sharon and Robert Stanley of Naperville, Daniel and Jennifer of McHenry, Stephen of San Diego, David of Chicago, Peter and Gretchen of Lindenhurst, Elizabeth and Robert Spinelli of Nashville, Tenn., Amy and Eric Peters of Cary and Matthew of Cary; grandchildren, Karina and Brett Erickson, David, Christian, Audrey, Faith, Kathryn, Thomas, Gordon, Isaiah, Anna, Hannah, John, Adam, Sterling, Clara, Andy, Mary, Noah, Joseph, Samuel, Natalia, Benjamin, Gabriel, Maddie, Abigail, Luke, Esther, Charlie, Dylan, Phineas, Mabel and Julia; brother, Donald of Westmont; and half-sister, Carol of Wauwatosa, Wis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry, in 2001.
The visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at Burnett-Dane Funeral Home, 120 W. Park Ave., Libertyville. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 501 W. Park Ave., Libertyville. Interment in Lakeside Cemetery in Libertyville will immediately follow the service.
For information, call the funeral home at 847-362-3009 or sign the guestbook at www.burnettdane.com. Please contact Valerie Hicke at 763-807-5562 for additional information.
Donations in Joyce's honor can be made to the Love of God Foundation, 1421 S. Barrington Road, Barrington, IL 60010.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Aug. 10, 2012