Joyce Gatzke

Joyce Lucille Gatzke (Ludwig)

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Joyce Lucille Gatzke (nee Ludwig) of West Bend went to her eternal home on Monday October 12, 2020 at the age of 87. Joyce was born on February 11, 1933 in the town of Auburn, Fond du lac County, Wisconsin to Vilas & Evelyn (nee Schulz) Ludwig. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dundee, Wisconsin. She worked at Regal Ware in Kewaskum until she met her future husband. On February 20, 1955 she married Lloyd Gatzke at Trinity Lutheran Church. This marriage was blessed with six children, five sons and a daughter.

Joyce was a devoted stay at home mother, and together with her husband raised her family in a loving Christian home. When Lloyd retired from Regal Ware in 1999, Lloyd and Joyce took an active role in the Builders for Christ Program of the Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Church. They were involved in this mission work for 19 years and worked on 24 different projects around the United States which included churches, schools, fellowship halls and parsonages. Among Joyce's other interests were square dancing, camping, window shopping, quilting and an abundance of volunteer work. Joyce was proud of her family and instilled in each of them the desire to volunteer and to help others. She was the perfect example of a loving Christian mother.

Lloyd and Joyce were devoted members of Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Bend and were part of the altar committee for many years. Together, they cheerfully served their Lord to show their gratitude for their many blessings.

Lloyd and Joyce loved to travel around the United States and internationally. Together they were blessed to experience the people and culture of 12 different countries outside the U.S. Joyce's favorite trip was to Australia.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Lloyd, her five sons and their wives Robert (Debra), Kenneth (Diane), Terry (Corinne), Larry (Evelyn), Rodney (Sherry), and her daughter, Lora. Joyce was proud of her seven grandchildren and her ten great- grandchildren: Jamie Geidel (Jill) and their children Gregory and Hope; Rob (Chrissy) Gatzke and their sons Shawn, Brennan and Owen; Megan (Dan) Lederer and their children Allison and Benjamin; Thomas (Alana) Gatzke, David Gatzke, Jennifer (Jason) Donath and their son Henry, and Dawn (Robert) Kubowski and their sons Xavier and Aiden. Joyce is also survived by her loving sister, Delores Arndt, and dear sister-in-law, Stella Ludwig, many other family members and wonderful friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents Vilas and Evelyn Ludwig; her parents-in-law Walter and Lorinda Gatzke; two brothers, Elton and Norman, her granddaughter, Maria Lissette Gatzke, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Due to COVID, we will not be having a service at this time. A Celebration of Life is pending to be held at a later date.

Memorials may be given in Joyce’s name to Good Shepherd Ev. Lutheran Church in West Bend.
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Kathy Thuemling and Duane Atwater

Posted at 01:58pm
We were blessed to get to know Joyce through Square Dancing and in particular Square Dancing Campers Group - Pine Tree Campers in Wisconsin.
She was always a very pleasant lady to dance and camp with. After Joyce and Lloyd stopped camping they were greatly missed in our camping outings. We will miss seeing her on the dance floor but know that we will all square up with her again some day in Heaven.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Lloyd and the family.
May God give you peace and comfort.
Duane Atwater and Kathy Thuemling

Laura Fisher

Posted at 09:31am
Lora, I am so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother. You are in my thoughts & prayers & I am here for you if you need anything. Love, Laura
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Jeffrey teetzen

Posted at 11:57am
I spent many happy afternoons in the Gatzke household.. Rodney was one of my best friends and Joyce always made me feel welcome.I still have fond memories of those times..I pray God holds you in his hands during these trying times.. bless the Gatzke family..

Trudy Fellenz

Posted at 02:29pm
Sincere condolences to the entire Gatzke family
Joyce was truly a blessing to all.
Ken I see where U received your humorous little
Will miss your Mother’s little chit-chats!
My deepest Sympathy & prayers to All.


Heather Meyer

Posted at 08:45am
Sending sincere condolences to the Gatzke family. I grew-up as a neighbor on Lincoln Dr. W. and babysat for the boys. Even then, at a younger age, I realized what a caring family they had. It is wonderful now to read about the legacy that your parents have left in this world.
Heather Wickert Meyer

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