Joyce M. Roethke, 81

Joyce M. Roethke, (nee Grahl), age 81, of West Bend, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac. She was born on Nov. 3, 1933, in Fond du Lac to the late Bernard and Bardine (nee Schultz) Grahl, and graduated from Goodrich High School in the class of 1952. On Aug. 30, 1953, Joyce was united in marriage to Charles Roethke Sr. at Tabor United Brethren Church in Eden.

Joyce was a member of St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church on Beaver Dam Road in West Bend, where she had been active as the church organist, a choir member and member of the ladies aid.

In the mid 1960s, Chuck, Joyce and a drummer, Joe Fell, formed a musical trio called the “Country Clefs.” In the mid-1970s, the trio became “Chuck’s Family Three” with Joyce’s daughter, Lynn, on vocals and drums. Joyce enjoyed gardening and was a huge sports fan, especially following her daughter Lynn to her Olympic games in Seoul, Korea, in 1988, and Barcelona, Spain, in 1992.

Joyce drove school bus for Johnson Bus Co. for more than 30 years.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Charles; three children, Lori (Joseph) Klahn of Campbellsport, Charles (Marian) Roethke Jr. of West Bend and Lynn (Lynda Johnson) Roethke of Fond du Lac; eight grandchildren, Craig (Julie) Konen, Ben (Amy) Konen, James Konen, Paul (Heather Lazo) Konen, Christa (Jeff) Cardenas, Charles Roethke, Curtiss Johnson and Grant Johnson; 12 great-grandchildren, Katie, Karlie, Kyler, Brittany, Dyllan, Christopher, Shelby, Corin, Jada, Drake, Mason and Jayden; a great-great-granddaughter, Peytan; and three sisters, twin sister Joan (Orville) Glass, Dorothy Bohlman and Lois Nichols.

Preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Bardine; parents-in-law, Eldon and Phyllis Roethke; a brother and his wife, Donald and Leah Grahl; and three brothers-in-law, Larry Bohlman, Fred Beede and Ronnie Nichols.

Funeral services in remembrance of Joyce will be held on Monday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at St Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church (4930 Beaver Dam Road, West Bend). The Rev. Paul Reede will officiate. Visitation will be at the Myrhum-Patten Funeral Home on Sunday, June 7, from 1-4 p.m. and Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Entombment will follow in Ledgeview Memorial Park, Fond du Lac.

Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association are appreciated by the family.

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