Joyce Albrecht, 74
July 12, 1942 —
Feb. 28, 2017

Joyce Albrecht, 74, died after a lingering illness Feb. 28, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Gladys and Harvey Albrecht, born in Milwaukee on July 12, 1942. Joyce attended and graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1960. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout campus, where she majored in home economics education. She completed her master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She taught two years at Big Foot High School. She moved on to become the home economist for the University of Wisconsin Extension Office in Washington County. She also served as the Washington County Fair manager until her retirement in 1997. She lived most of her adult life in West Bend.

During her career, Joyce was very active in the state and national Home Economist Association. She was active in the Washington County Retired Educators, the West Bend Women's Club and was an active member at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend. Joyce received many awards for lifetime achievements.

Joyce enjoyed basket weaving, quilting, needlework, chair caning and having fun playing bridge. She loved to travel and downhill ski. She had a large collection of kitchen aprons and enjoyed collecting vintage items. She also enjoyed entertaining and hosted many "Packer Dinners."

Joyce spent her "retirement weekends" at the log cabin she shared with her cousin, located on the Peshtigo River.

Joyce is survived by an aunt, Ora Hahs of Cumberland, numerous cousins, and many friends. Though Joyce never had children, she was very close and loved by the children of her beloved cousins. She is survived and will be missed by those children. Joyce was proud that she inspired one of her own goddaughters to pursue a career in home economics education, now known as family and consumer education.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 5, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Seventh Avenue in West Bend. Visitation to start at 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Burial will be held Monday, March 6, at 10 a.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church (10627 W. Forest Home Ave., Hales Corners, two blocks east of Highway 100). Please assemble at the cemetery next to the church.

Memorials can be made to Cedar Bay East in West Bend, Trinity Lutheran Church, or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers at Cedar Bay East and the compassionate staff at Froedtert Hospital.

The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Joyce’s arrangements. Online guestbook and condolences maybe be found at