James P. Joyce Sr., 87

Grafton resident James P. Joyce Sr., 87, passed away Nov. 21, 2013.

He was born Nov. 16, 1926, in Colburn to James Leo and Helen Emma (nee Hoehn) Joyce. He grew up on a dairy farm.

James was a World War II veteran, having served in the U.S. Army in the 382nd Military Police Battalion.

In 1952, he married Rita B. Joyce (nee Heron) of Whitefish Bay. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Hubbard Park Lodge in Shorewood, the original site of their reception.

Rita preceded him in death in 2003 after a lengthy battle with lymphoma cancer. James assisted Rita throughout her illness.

James devoted his entire career to lithography, working at the Gugler Company.

After his retirement, James delivered cars for the Newman and Russ Darrow dealerships.

He was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton and Rose-Harms American Legion Post 355.

Jamesí interests included woodworking. Over the years, he skillfully created numerous pieces of furniture and other household or decorative items. Rita assisted James by painting many of the creations leaving his workbench. He also enjoyed antique cars.

In recent years, a highlight for James was an opportunity to take the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in 2011.

He also traveled to Ireland in 2004 with several of his siblings.

He is survived by his loving family, including children Paul (Barb) Joyce, Mary (Jeffrey) Fidlin, Patrick Joyce, Douglas Joyce, Janet (Robert) Traynor and James Joyce Jr.

He is the proud grandfather of Thomas Joyce, Julie (Burt) Reinhold, James Joyce, David Fidlin, Timothy Fidlin, Paul (Stephanie) Fidlin, Ryan Fidlin, Anthony Joyce and Emily Joyce; and the dear great-grandfather of Bailey, Austin, Grace and Jacob Fidlin.

He is the cherished brother of Catherine Rada, Eileen Macedo, Richard (Alice) Joyce, Jeanette (Lawrence) Kuechenmeister, Terence (Patricia) Joyce, Denis (Joanne) Joyce, Rita Dexter and Jerome (Mary) Joyce.

He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

James was preceded in death by his brothers Robert and Thomas Joyce and sisters Virginia Nielsen and Patricia Faschingbauer.

A memorial service was held Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton. A visitation preceded the service.

Interment was in the church cemetery.

Memorials can be sent to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, P.O. Box 636, Port Washington, WI 53074, or online at www.starsandstripeshonorflight.org.

Mueller Funeral Home of Grafton is serving the family.

For online condolences, please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.