Joyce E. Lunkos, 82, of Mosinee, WI went to her heavenly home with family by her side on November 27, 2021 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Weston. Joyce was born on January 2, 1939 in Wausau, WI to Harold and Mildred (Reinke) Thiel. She attended Trinity Lutheran School and Wausau East High School. She was united in marriage to Henry Polley on November 19, 1955 and later to Ed Lunkos on February 1, 1986. Both preceded her in death.
Joyce was a selfless, devoted, and loving mother who sacrificed much for her family. In addition to caring diligently for her four children, she held many jobs. Throughout her time she worked as a waitress, a housekeeper and a cook as well as a nursing assistant for many years. Her heart of compassion was evident to those she worked with and cared for.
Joyce enjoyed being outdoors in her flower beds, reading, needle work, and Bible study. Spending time with her family brought her the greatest joy. Joyce loved the simple things in life which included her “butter”. Everything was always better with LOTS of butter.
Joyce was a woman of strong faith, and has been an inspiring example for her children and grandchildren. She was an active member of Good News Church in Mosinee, WI for many years. She left a wonderful legacy of love to her family and friends and was able to say “I love you” once more to those she saw during her final days. Her listening ear and weekly telephone calls will be greatly missed.
She is survived by Siblings: Gary (Tracy) Thiel, Sharon (Gene) Bartelt, and Russell Thiel
Children: Kathy (Steve) Burgess of Duluth, MN, Henry “Benny” (Donna) Polley of Madison, WI, Brian Polley of Mosinee, WI, and Lisa (John) Brandenburg of Mosinee, WI. Grandchildren: Lucas (Laura) Burgess, Joshua (Katie) Burgess, Kevin (Kimberly) Burgess, Kendra (Mike) Niemi, Aaron Burgess, Kirsten Polley, Alyssa (Ben) Cressall, Zach (Nikki) Brandenburg, Nick (Haley) Brandenburg, Lindsay (Nathan) Wentz, and Mikayla (Peter) Liu
Greatgrandchildren: Caleb, Lydia, Abigail, Alexis, Levi, Wolf, and Boaz
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, infant daughter Melanie Joy, sister Diane Lorbiecki, and aunt Elizabeth Reinke.
Funeral services for Joyce will be held on Saturday, December 11 at Good News Church in Mosinee. Visitation is from 9:00am to 11am with the service starting at 11am. Lunch will follow at Pinewood Supper Club in Mosinee. Interment is at 2:30pm at Restlawn Cemetary Wausau. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family.
11:00 am Livestreaming of the service can be viewed through the church website by clicking on the youtube link
Cemetery Service will begin around 2:45pm via the funeral home website below.