Joyce R. Nockerts, 98 of Ashwaubenon passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021 in her home with her loving family by her side. She was born on January 15, 1923 in Colby, WI to the late Arnold and Amelia (Paholke) Amundson. Joyce was the youngest of Arnold and Amelia’s 5 children.
After graduating high school in Colby, Joyce went on to attend beauty school where she worked as a beautician, owning, and operating her own salon for many years and was proud to say she never broke a nail. On January 2, 1942 she married the late Joseph Nockerts. Together they had many amazing adventures. One of their adventures was owning and operating J J Security Inc. Joe and Joyce also assisted with operating the Brown County Fair for many years. Joe and Joyce were active members in the community to say the least. They assisted with the Nativity Parish summer picnics and the Ashwaubenon Centennial Celebration. Joyce was a member of the Woman’s Guild at Nativity Church and was happily active in the church community. Joyce found great strength in her faith and attended Mass faithfully every Saturday evening. (If you were looking for the family on Saturday evenings, you just had to look in the center pew in the last row and you would find everyone). As time went on it became more difficult for Joyce to attend Mass so Larry built her a “step up” box to help her in and out of his car until she could no longer safely attend mass. She then watched Mass on TV from the comfort of her recliner at home saying with a smile, “good enough,” “God is everywhere.”
Joe and Joyce loved to travel and in their Motor Home they made their way around the states. They spent many winters in Florida being “snowbirds” and always had fun stories of their travels. Some of those fun stories could be finding a good deal on “cases” of anything or it could be Joyce taking her driver’s test in Florida and passing it using the Motor Home. Joe and Joyce belonged to the Jim Beam Bottle Club and had a very large unique collection of decanter bottles. Sadly, Joseph preceded her in death on April 10, 1995.
Joyce loved to knit Christmas stockings for the family, everyone has one. These legendary Christmas socks are hand knit and unique and they hold a very special place in all her family’s hearts. She had a kind heart and gentleness about her that only a mom/grandma could have. Joyce loved spending time with family and friends. You could always count on Joyce to make her famous dressing, ribbon Jell-O and grasshopper pie which was loved by everyone. Joyce was very proud of her family, she enjoyed spending time with everyone. She did her best to attend every summer bar=b=q, birthday party, wedding, baby shower, first communion, baptism, graduation party and 4th of July party. She was a beautiful, quiet, strong, giving, loving and honest mom/grandma. Qualities that have been passed down to her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. She will be missed more than words can say. We will always carry her memory in our hearts.
She is survived by two children; Sharon Jarvis, Ashwaubenon, Robert (Sue) Nockerts Ashwaubenon; one son-in-law, Larry DeGroot De Pere; 11 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and 5 ½ great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Regina; daughter, Joan DeGroot; one brother, Lloyd (Rose) Amundson; and three sisters, Stella (Joe) Pongratz, Ruth (Edmond) Sinclair, Loise (Ary) Sixel.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021 at Nativity of Our Lord Parish from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Matt Simonar. Entombment will be at Allouez Mausoleum. Expressions of sympathy, memories and photos may be shared with the family on her tribute page at www.lyndahl.com.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Kristine and Marie with Unity Hospice. Thank you to Sharon Jarvis for taking good care grandma and allowing her to stay at home.
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