Joyce Gentz
1931 - 2020
February 28, 1931
September 12, 2020

Gentz, Joyce R.

Joyce R. Gentz, 89, of Beaver Dam went to meet her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 surrounded by her loving family at Hillside Manor.

A visitation for Joyce will be held on Friday, Sept.18, 2020 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at St. Stephen's Ev. Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam. A funeral service will be begin 11 a.m. with the Rev. Philip Heyer officiating. Inurnment will take place at a later date at Zum Kripplein Christi, township of Herman, Wis.

Joyce Rita was born the daughter of John and Stella (Kachelske) Wrzesinske on Feb. 28, 1931 in Beaver Dam, Wis. On May 17, 1950, she was united in marriage with Roy G. Gentz at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Iron Ridge. Roy was blessed to find his "million dollar gal" at the five and dime store. Together, Joyce and Roy enjoyed running Gentz's Apple Picnic Nut Farm throughout the years.

Joyce was a faithful member of St. Stephen's Ev. Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam, where she also devoted her time as a member of the Ladies Aid, Friendship League and the OWLS. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, gardening, traveling and especially playing cards. She belonged to several card clubs and enjoyed being a member of the Pomeranian Club. Mostly, Joyce was a loving mother, grandma and great grandma.

Joyce is survived by her children: Mark (Marilyn) Gentz of Anaheim, CA, Debra (Fred) MacDonald of Sun Prairie, Anton "Tony" (Karla) Gentz of Fond du Lac and Brenda (Gary) Gubbels of Beaver Dam; 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 64 years Roy, daughter Dawn Stanke, infant daughter Angela, brother John Wrzesinski, and sisters Jean Mieske and Sylvia Immerfall, two brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to St. Stephen's Ev. Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam or to Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the entire staff of Hillside Manor for their loving care of Joyce for the past five years. Your kindness will always be remembered.

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

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Published by on Sep. 15, 2020.
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.
St. Stephen's Ev. Lutheran Church - Beaver Dam
300 West St., Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 53916
St. Stephen's Ev. Lutheran Church - Beaver Dam
300 West St., Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 53916
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Prayers and condolences to the family. Joyce and Roy were two of the most remarkable couples. I remember and miss thier little visits as they'd go by 406 Beaver St. On thier walks. I remember how they always held hands as they walked and throughout our chats. Wonderful people.
Shirley Neils (Gentz)
September 20, 2020
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Joyce was/ is truly  one of a kind . Our prayers go with you.
Jon and Sharon Gentz
September 18, 2020
So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful person. We will miss her very much. Prayers to all of you.
Pat and Nancy Lentz
September 16, 2020
Our prayers go out to Joyce's family. Brenda, you always added sunshine to my dad's day while he was at Hillside Manor, and were always ready with a hug for me when I needed one. Just Monday morning the 14th my mom Dolores passed away as well. The good Lord will have his hands full with these two ladies from Beaver Dam! Hugs to all.
Dawn Buss Glodowski Glodowski
September 16, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to all of you Joyce was such a friendly sweet lady She will be missed.
Ed & Barb Budde
September 16, 2020
Sending prayers to family
I spent a lot time at Joyce an Roy's house when I was a kid being a close friend of Dawns
Joyce would make popcorn with sugar on it. Always loved going to there house
A Great Lady. Will be missed
Mariann Matuseski
September 14, 2020