Joyce E. Henke (1925 - 2013)

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Henke, Joyce E.

Joyce E. (Lewis) Henke, 87, of Eau Claire, passed away on Friday, April 12, 2013 at Dove West under the care of hospice following a short hospitalization with her loving son Lou at her side. Joy was born in Port Edwards, WI to Ralph and Elizabeth (Yuster )Lewis on November, 28, 1925. She married Harry Henke on December 30, 1944 and they were married for 64 years until his death on April 12, 2009.

The family lived in Wis. Rapids, Rockford, and Milwaukee throughout her life. Joyce moved to Eau Claire after Harry's death and lived at the Good Shepherd Senior Apartments. She was the social butterfly, taught exercise classes, attended bible studies, and basically was involved in every activity.

Joy is survived by her son Louis (Sandy) of Eau Claire, daughter Elizabeth (Robert) Mertens of New Berlin, grandson Harry Henke of Milwaukee, sisters; Catherine Lewis of Rockford, and Audrey (Kenneth) Bencke of Wisconsin Rapids, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. A very special part of her life were her many, many friends at the Good Shepherd Senior Apartments.

She is preceded in death by her husband Harry, her parents, step-mother Winnifred.

Private burial will be in Wisconsin Rapids and a celebration of her life will be held at the Good Shepherd Senior Apartments at a later date.

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Apr. 15, 2013
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