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Joyce Elaine (Zunker) Richmond

March 26, 1931 ~ October 16, 2019 (age 88)


Joyce Elaine (Zunker) Richmond went to eternal rest on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the age of 88. She was born to August and Elise Zunker on March 26, 1931. She married the love of her life, Howard Richmond, on October 1, 1949. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1999.

Joyce was a member of Grace United Church of Christ. She sang in the choir and was a member of the Willing Workers ladies group. Joyce and Howard were also custodians at the Church for 19 years.

Joyce had a strong work ethic. Being the oldest child, she was her dad’s “right-hand-man” working on the family farm. As a young woman she worked in food services at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was employed at Marathon Electric for 21 years, retiring in 1996. In retirement she worked part time at Windows Accessories until she was 80 years old.

She loved watching and feeding the birds and working in her flower and vegetable gardens. Everyone loved her canned dill pickles. She had a very kind, giving heart. She was always there for whomever needed a helping hand. She enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, embroidery, and many other craft projects. Anyone that knew her, probably has one of the blankets that she made for them. She also loved doing paint-by-number pictures and collecting angel figurines.

Joyce is survived by her three children: Gail (Tom) Schmidt, Mark (Cindy) Richmond, and Robbyn  (fiancé Mark Baumgardt) Richmond; grandchildren: Jennifer Schmidt, Bradley (Katie) Schmidt, Jason (Teri) Richmond, Matthew (Alicia) Richmond, Amanda (Joe) King, Mallory (Matthew) Gutowski; great-grandchildren, Makenna, Jordyn, and Natalie Richmond, Lily King, and Michael and Shania Lynn Gutowski; One brother, Raymond (Doris) Zunker; and three sisters, Caroline Wokatsch, Eldora Raddatz, and Kate (Ron) Schultz. She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Doralene Zunker; brother-in-law, David (Marjorie) Raddatz; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Joyce was preceded in death by her brother Roger Zunker;  and her brothers and sisters-in-law, Clifford (Avila) Richmond, Lucille (Art) Lavake, Inez (Ted) Green, IlaBell (Gordon) Klatt, Ruth (Eldon) Burns, Roger (Pearl) Richmond, Irene (Alvin) Dallman and Dorothy (Lloyd) Boushley.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Grace United Church of Christ, 535 South 3rd Ave, Wausau. Pastor Julie Goranson will officiate. Visitation will take place from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church. Burial will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank the caring staff of Renaissance Assisted Living, Rennes Long Term Care and Aspirus Palliative Care and Hospice Services for the kindness and professionalism given to our mother. We would also  like to thank all the employees of Window Accessories for your kindness and friendship. She loved you all and appreciated all you did for her.

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October 23, 2019

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Grace United Church of Christ (Wausau)

Funeral Service
October 23, 2019

10:30 AM
Grace United Church of Christ (Wausau)

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