Joyce Claire Krueger
Joyce Claire Krueger, 61, of Little Cedar Lake, passed away on Monday, Oct. 3, 2005 at home, with her family at her side.
Joyce was born on Oct. 28, 1943 in Milwaukee to the late Herman and Myrtle (Ross) Kubnick, and married Lee Krueger on July 1, 1972 in Mil-waukee.
She graduated from Pulaski High School and the University of Wisconsin-Mil-waukee and was a special education teacher in Milwaukee before devoting her time to her family.
As her children attended McLane Elementary, Badger Mid-dle and West Bend West High School, Joyce volunteered tirelessly and had a profound influence in the lives of her children and many others.
She and Lee hosted field trips at their maple syrup camp, and they were active leaders in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Joyce was the ultimate booster mom for her kids’ sports teams, music groups and other activities, helping in every possible way from baking cookies to chaperoning trips to enduring all kinds of weather as she faithfully attended her kids’ sporting events.
She helped organize several Project Graduation events, ran the Badger "birthday bulletin board" for years and oversaw the collection and sorting of thousands of Campbell’s Soup labels to help purchase supplies at McLane.
Joyce also volunteered her time to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, West Bend Beautification Committee, West Bend Children’s Theater, Ice Age Trail Foundation and other local organizations.
She also helped organize the Washington County Historical Society’s town of West Bend Old Settlers Banquet.
When her children were older, Joyce loved traveling to see them at college or at their new homes.
She substitute taught in West Bend, and was proud to be "Mama Krueger" to the staff at her son Mike’s business, Lifestar EMS.
She enjoyed planning reunions with her friends from Pulaski High and loved working day or night in her flower gardens.
As a mom, a teacher and a tireless volunteer, Joyce had a positive impact on a generation of West Bend kids - and many adults, too.
Survivors include her husband, Lee; four children, Mike (Tanya) of West Bend, Matt (Phoebe) of Portland, Ore., Andy of Juneau, Alaska and Katy of Issaquah, Wash.; two sisters, Jean (Ron) Schmidt of Sheboygan and Judy (Kent) Goeckermann of Mellen; two brothers, Norm of Concord, Calif. and Jerry of New Orleans; a sister-in-law, Lynne Ferge of West Bend; many nephews and nieces, including Debbie (Steve) Janz of West Bend; her mother-in-law, Theo Krueger of West Bend; cousins, other relatives and many, many friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, Gordy.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home, West Bend.
Visitation at the funeral home will be Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of services.
Burial will take place on Friday at 10 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.
The family wishes to establish a scholarship in Joyce’s name, and memorials to either the scholarship fund or the American Cancer Society are appreciated.