Joyce Mae Loos, daughter of Lester Riesenweber and his wife, Lily neé Thiel, was born February 21, 1933 in Appleton. On August 6 of that same year, she was baptized at Zion Ev. United Brethren Church in Greenville by Rev. C.M. Scheudel and became a redeemed child of God. On March 30, 1947, Joyce received her catechetical certificate from Pastor Stanley Hayes at Zion Ev. United Brethren Church in Greenville. She publicly confessed her faith and was confirmed here at Trinity by Pastor E. J. Zehms on December 23, 1956. Her confirmation verse was Revelation 2:10, “Be faithful, even to the point of death and I will give you the crown of life.”
Joyce grew up on the family farm in Ellington and attended elementary school at Grandview Grade School. After her schooling, she stayed home and helped her parents on the family farm. On October 20, 1956, she was joined in marriage to Larry Loos by Pastor Lester Thiel at Zion Ev. United Brethren Church in Greenville. The Lord blessed this union with two sons and two daughters.
Joyce and Larry farmed on the Loos family farm with Larry's parents until Larry’s father was called home to heaven in the late 1950's. At that time, they took over the farming operation themselves. Joyce spent countless hours working with Larry, both in the fields and in the barn with the cattle. She also enjoyed gardening and canning, cooking and baking, and feeding family and friends with home-cooked meals. She cherished the time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and lovingly put the needs of others ahead of her own. Joyce was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Ellington. She was a past member of the Ladies Aid, had taught Sunday school, sung in the church choir for a number of years, and helped with various projects as needed. She also had participated in the Fox Valley Lutheran High School Ladies Guild and was a past member of the area WELS Dart Ball League. The last several years, due to declining health, she received the Lord’s Supper privately for the assurance that her sins were forgiven.
The Lord called her out of this life to eternal life last Friday afternoon at the age of 85 years, 10 months, and 13 days. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Larry; four brothers-in-law: Stanley Miller, Ralph Hofberger, Marcel Marquart, and Frank Knutzen; two sisters, Ardith Marquart, and her infant twin sister; and one sister-in-law, Marlene Knutzen.
She is survived by two sons: Bruce Loos of Appleton and David (Lisa) Loos of Appleton; two daughters: Debra (Mark) Wells of Plymouth, Nebraska, and Melissa (Dan) Price of Appleton; eleven grandchildren: Travis (Megan) Price of Appleton, Larissa (Adam) Frey of Appleton, Mandy (Chris) Tauscheck of Shiocton, Ryan (Hannah) Loos of Grand Chute, Benjamin Wells of Waco, Nebraska, Michael (Laura) Wells of Plymouth, Nebraska, Race (Samantha) Price of DePere, Tracy (Cody) Quam of Lodi, Drew (Shanon) Price of Glendale, Beth (Andrew) Herr of Cleveland, and Luke (Taryn) Loos of Greenleaf; ten great-grandchildren: Evan, Natalie, and Jase Frey, McKenna, Rye, Chloe, and Kaden Price, Emma Herr, Levi Quam, and Alyson Tauscheck; two sisters: Ardeen Hofberger of Hortonville and LaVonne (Don) Brock of Weatherford, Texas; one sister-in-law, Diane (Colin) Thede of Shawano; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
The Christian Funeral Service for Joyce will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Trinity Ev, Lutheran Church, located at W6399 County Road O in Ellington. Rev. Ronald Ash will officiate and Joyce will be buried next to Larry in the church cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather at the Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior Street on Thursday evening from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, and again at the church on Friday morning from 9:00 AM until 10:45 AM.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised (Job 1:21).
Special thanks to the staff at Living Tree Estates, Helen’s House and SouthernCare Hospice Services for all their diligent, compassionate, and loving care. Joyce’s family extends their gratitude and thanks for all you did! Thanks also to Joyce’s many family members and friends for their faithful visits. We will always remember your kindness.