Joyce C. Petersen

Jan. 9, 1927 - Jan. 19, 2007

Joyce C. Petersen (nee Genthe), 80, of Oconomowoc, passed away Friday, Jan. 19, 2007.

She is survived by her beloved husband, Russell; five children, Jill (Chuck) Clopton of Vienna Va., Russell (Sandie) Petersen of Ashville N.C., Jeff (Lori) Petersen of Whitewater, Judy (Mark) Winkels of Oconomowoc and Sue (Curt) Duchow of Oconomowoc; 13 grandchildren, Shaun, Mike, Brad, Meghan, Jenny (Darron) Smith, Chris, Dan, Amanda, Josh, Sarah, Patrick and Matthew. She also is survived by other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Erwin and Clara Genthe; brother, William Genthe and sister, Lois Zellmer.

She was born Jan. 9, 1927. Joyce married the love of her life, Russell, on May 24, 1947. They met at a mutual friend’s party, and from that point on they were inseparable. While Russ was serving in the U.S. Army, Joyce took great pride in her nurse’s training, which she pursued until his return from World War II. The two enjoyed taking walks, caring for the many dogs they’ve had through the years and sharing in each other’s companionship.

Joyce’s life revolved around her family and friends. She took great pride in their accomplishments and attended all their school, sporting and church events. Joyce could be heard enthusiastically cheering for her children, grandchildren and friends at numerous horse shows through the years. Joyce was very active in the church, where she taught Sunday school. Her life was devoted to helping others.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m.,Wednesday, Jan. 24, at Christ The King Lutheran Church, Delafield. Interment will be at Town of Summit Cemetery. Friends may call Wednesday at the church from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Memorials are suggested to Christ The King Lutheran Church, 1600 Genesee, Delafield, or to Lutheran Homes of Oconomowoc.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.