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Joyce LaLoggia

Joyce passed away peacefully on Nov. 12, 2016 after a short illness. She was born on January 6, 1931 to Elmer and Lee Hoepfner in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and attended West Milwaukee High School.

She married Anthony LaLoggia on Oct. 26, 1956, and they had five children. Joyce had many interests, including birdwatching, reading, knitting, gardening, and spending time with her family. But her life’s joy was music. Joyce spent 34 years as a choir director, most recently at Grace Lutheran Church in Grafton. She also traveled with the Milwaukee Symphony Choir to perform at Carnegie Hall.

Joyce had a witty sense of humor and fierce determination that helped her through life’s up and downs. She derived joy from life’s everyday miracles. Joyce was exceedingly proud of her children and grandchildren, and she was a constant source of encouragement and inspiration to everyone around her.

Joyce was preceded in death by her son, Scott; daughter, Kathleen; and grandson, Scottie. She is survived by her husband, Anthony; daughter, Julia (Rose); sons, Thomas and James (Brigette); son-in-law, Douglas Tank; grandsons James (Ha) Tank, Anthony (Kimberly) Kuney; and Nick; granddaughters Sara (Rene) Ornelas; and Janet Kuney; great-grandsons Esai and Matias Ornelas, and Jake Kuney; and great-granddaughter, Olivia Kuney.

Visitation will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at Grace Lutheran Church, 715 6th Avenue in Grafton, with services to follow at 4 p.m. There will be a reception immediately following the service.

Past Comments

David Metzger

Joyce was an amazing lady, great neighbor and dedicated friend. I had the privilege of working with Joyce for a number of years and her skill, dedication and hard work were second to none. Certainly an example to the younger people in the office.

She always spoke her mind whether you asked for it or not. Her advice was always level headed and born out of experience. Words I would use to describe Joyce are ethical, moral, confident, tough, caring, talented, spirited and tenacious.

To the family she leaves behind I offer my sincerest condolences for your loss. She will be truly missed.

God Bless the LaLoggia’s

Frank Vergata Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. So many fond family memories from years gone by.

God Bless and take one day at a time.

Rose Billingsley

I have had the pleasure of knowing and loving Joyce for the last ten years, and she welcomed me to her family with open arms.

She was an amazing woman to say the least- always ready with a fantastic story about her past. She was a wonderful storyteller and had an incredible memory for detail! She was passionate about so many things: her family, books, music, and she was emphatic about all of them. I love how she would say “absolutely!”when she agreed with someone.

Julia and I had the honor of spending her last day and night with her, and she was strong in spirit and so positive- she would wake up smiling and tell us that she loved us. That beautiful memory will stay with me forever.

I miss her so much, but I am grateful that I had the opportunity to get to spend time with her by myself over the last couple of months (we went out for a lovely lunch not long ago and she had crab cakes and a glass of sauv blanc)!

Every time I see a cardinal or hear Vivaldi I will think of her and smile. She is absolutely with us in spirit!

Sara Ornelas

Everything all your children and grandchildren are is because of you, Gramma. It’s such a terrible injustice that someone so full of life and purpose should be taken away from us. I think of you always, Gramma. I will think of you every time I switch on my Kindle, every time I lock my car doors, and every time life seems like too much. You are everywhere, and I love you so much.

Karla Lehmann

It has been many years since I had the pleasure of Joyce’s company. I still remember the warmth I felt whenever I went to the LaLoggia home and she greeted me.

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