Joanne Gygax

March 23, 1935 - March 5, 2007

Joanne Gygax, 71, of the town of Waukesha, died Monday, March 5, 2007, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She was born in Summit Lake on March 23, 1935, to Henry and Mildred (nee Durler) Rassmussen.

On Aug. 13, 1960, she married Larry Gygax at First Baptist Church in Waukesha. She taught for many years at Lowell and West Allis elementary schools. She was a voracious reader, avid sewer and machine quilter. She cherished her cats. She volunteered at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and First Baptist Church. Joanne was a dedicated grandmother and a meticulous housekeeper who lived life with a passion.

She will be missed by her husband, Larry of the town of Waukesha, and her children, Karen (Hugo) Gygax-Rodriguez of Ripon and David Gygax of Waukesha. She also is survived as the loving grandmother of David, Derek and Andrew Rodriguez and David Gygax II. She is further survived by her brother, Robert (Ann) Rassmussen of Antigo; sister-in-law, Dorothy Rassmussen of Antigo; and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Doris Bergman, and brother, Wayne Rassmussen.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at First Baptist Church, 247 Wisconsin Ave., Waukesha. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, March 10, at the church, with the Rev. Jim Carlson officiating. A private committal will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, 215 W. North St., Waukesha, WI 53188.

Randle-Dable Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 547-4035 or visit to leave an online tribute.