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Joyce M. Nery

Joyce Marie Nery, age 75, passed away on April 6, 2014 at Memorial Hospital after a prolonged illness. The former Joyce Wibben was born November 25, 1938 in Sheboygan, the only child of Marie Zuidema (1898-1965) and John Wibben (1893-1971).

Joyce attended Sheboygan Public Schools and graduated from Central High School in 1958. On October 31 1959 Joyce married her high school sweetheart Donald G. Nery at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. Donald preceded her in death on October 25 1994.

In high school Joyce exceled in photography, receiving several awards from the Eastman-Kodak Company. Her uncles Herman and Otto Zuidema bought her an accordion and paid for her lessons, in a short time she was giving accordion lessons at Jake's House of Music, From the late 1950's through the mid 1960's she was a member of the Leona Schmitt Polka Orchestra.

Joyce was a master seamstress, sewing out of her home for over 54 years, she was employed at Art Imig Clothier for many years, re-retiring early this year. Joyce also worked in security at Road America for several years.

Joyce and Donald bought their home at 2106 S. Taylor Dr. in 1967 where they raised their family. Joyce enjoyed tending her large flower and vegetable gardens, canning and freezing much of the produce. Even though the time was short, Joyce dearly enjoyed living in her new condo.

Joyce enjoyed going to garage sales and flea markets, she also enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and spending time "up north" at the family cottage on Pine Lake in Forest County. Joyce enjoyed taking many bus trips to places in Wisconsin and beyond.

Joyce was a very outgoing and social person and made many friends, she belonged to numerous organizations and clubs. Joyce volun¬teered at the County Museum, Historical Research Center and Sheboygan Theatre Co., sewing in the costume department for over 25 years.

Joyce was a member of the Lake Shore Miniature Makers, Red Hats, Sheboygan Rifle and Pistol Club and the NRA. At age 72 she was proud to have obtained her concealed carry permit.

Joyce also enjoyed bowling and "card club" getting together once a month with her class mates of 55 years to chat, eat and play cards.

For many years Joyce enjoyed attending local car shows and cruise nights in her 1947 Chevrolet, which was identical to her first car, given to her from her father, who taught her how to drive.

Joyce had a deep love and affection for cats, instilled by her mother, she leaves behind her best buddies Callie and Ellie.

Joyce was a kind, thoughtful and loving person, she will be sorely missed by her family and friends. As she put it, life is all fun and games until the bobbin runs out.

Joyce is survived by her 3 children, Russell Nery, Kathy Schafer and Tracy (Maura) Nery; 2 grandchildren, Evelyn and Dylan Nery; brother-in-law Raymond (Jenifer) Nery and sister-in-law Margaret Nery; nephew Richard Nery and niece Charis Nery; cousins Ruth Adamavich and Arline Rautmann and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, father-in-law and mother-in-law Russel and Hilda Nery, brother-in-law Richard Nery, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Visitation will be held at Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th St. Sheboygan, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 4:00 P.M. until the time of service at 7:00 P.M. A private burial will take place in the Wibben family plot, Sheboygan Falls Cemetery.

Joyce's family wishes to express their most sincere thanks to the staff of the 3rd floor at Sheboygan Memorial Hospital for their professional, personal and genuine care and concern for Joyce in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Joyce's name are appreciated.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Published in Sheboygan Press on Apr. 9, 2014
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