Joyce E. Schroeder

Jan. 7, 1927 June 2, 2015

Our beloved mother and grandmother, Joyce E. Schroeder, died peacefully on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at the age of 88 years in Waukesha.

She was born January 7, 1927, in Wandsworth, London England, and is predeceased by her parents, James and Ethel Peters of Wandsworth, London England, sister Vera Peters, and her dearly loved late husband, Robert Schroeder of Wauwatosa.

At the end of World War II, Joyce and her husband made their home in Elm Grove to live and raise their family. Joyce, a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker, returned to school and the business world when her children married and started their own families.

Joyce earned her degree as a medical assistant with honors from Waukesha County Technical College and went on to become an EKG technician in the ICU/CCU department at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

While employed at the hospital, Joyce pursued one of her dreams of being an entrepreneur and became co-owner of the Lavender Sweep Gift Shop in Waukesha. She was also an accomplished seamstress and needle-worker who explored a wide range of historical textiles and fine thread handwork as well as the art of floral design.

Upon retirement, Joyce studied and became a skillful porcelain doll maker, often involved in the replication of the delicate and masterful work of vintage European dolls. An active member of the Badger Doll Club of Wisconsin and the Cosmopolitan Club of Waukesha, Joyce made wonderful friends from all over the world.

Joyce was a member of Elm Grove Lutheran Church and St. Matthias Episcopal Church of Waukesha. She gave of her time and efforts to the elderly at nursing homes and donated many of her porcelain dolls and crafts to the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) of Waukesha County Christmas sale and fundraisers. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joyce is survived by her children: son David Schroeder and daughter Megan (Frank) Koch; nephew John (Christina) Protts; her grandchildren Ryan (Renza), Erich, Katy, Joseph, Rebecca (Chad) and Brian; her great-grandchildren Morgan, Paula, Amanda, Emma, Madeline, Braeden, Austin, Niccolo and Matteo; grandnephew and grandnieces Kyle, Tyra, Carrera and Jourdan; and she will be missed by many more relatives and friends.

The visitation for Joyce will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the 11:00 a.m. funeral service on Monday, June 8, at Cesarz, Charapata, & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. David Simmons will be officiating. Burial will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations be made to Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, 701 Northview Road, Waukesha, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA.org.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the wonderful staff of the Avalon Presbyterian Home and Seasons Hospice for their love and care of Joyce and family.

Joyce holds a special place in the heart of anyone who ever knew her. She was a gentle, giving, lovely soul who will live forever in his or her hearts and minds. She will be greatly missed. As Joyce would say, “let’s have a cup of tea together.”

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com.