Joyce C. Golla Issue Date: June 6, 2019
Joyce C. (Lange) Golla, 76, Crivitz, was taken from us very unexpectedly on May 29, 2019.
Joyce was born to Edwin and Mary (Kojis) Lange in Milwaukee on December 25, 1942. She graduated from Pulaski High School in Milwaukee and went on to work at the Ladish Company in the billing department. On April 18, 1964, Joyce married the great love of her life, Eugene Golla at St. Gregory the Great Parish in Milwaukee. They quickly grew to a family of five in Hales Corners.
In addition to being a frugal and creative homemaker, she babysat other children in their family home. The adventure with Eugene continued, when in 1976, they moved their family to Crivitz to begin a new business venture, Crivitz Redi Mix Inc., with Norman and Nancy Marlatt. Joyce was employed as the office manager where she answered the phones, greeted customers and kept the books for the growing business.
They enjoyed many prosperous years until selling the business in 2004. During this time, she also proudly served on the Crivitz School Board for many years when the referendum passed to build the new Crivitz High School that opened in the fall of 1998.
In her retirement from the Redi Mix, she made their house and yard into a showplace, fit for "Better Homes and Gardens," changing curtains, linens, knick-knacks, floral arrangements and decorations to reflect the changing seasons and holidays.
Joyce was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and started the "Beads of Hope" where ladies would gather together and make rosaries that would then be shipped to US Armed Forces, 3rd world countries and prisons around the world. Thus far, they have sent over 300,000 rosaries for souls seeking a relationship with our Lord. She said she often prayed and meditated while making these rosaries. She was very proud of this particular accomplishment!
But Joyce's greatest happiness was her family. She was so proud of her three children and maybe even prouder still of her grandsons " her "Angel Boys" as she loved to call them " and spoiled them with treats, attention and hugs. She delighted in making her house a home, making rosaries, traveling, reading and watching movies. She always managed to make each family Christmas, truly memorable.
Joyce will be unbearably missed by Eugene, her husband of 55 years; two daughters, Dawn (fiancé Thomas Busch) Crivitz and Beth (Jamie) Laplume of Narragansett RI; one son, Jeffrey (Niki) of Crivitz; her beloved grandsons, JJ, Tyger and Alex; two step-granddaughters to be, Victoria Busch and Joanna Young; two sisters, Rosemarie (Richard) Farrell of Bourne, MA MaryAnn (Paul) Schutten of Waukesha and many nieces; nephews and great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Mary Lange; her mother-in-law, Adeline Golla and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Visitation will be held at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home, 801 George St., Crivitz on Friday, June 7th from 3-7PM with a Prayer Service following at 7PM. Visitation will continue at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 808 Henriette Ave., Crivitz on Saturday, June 8th at 9AM followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM, with Father Walter Stumpf officiating. Interment will immediately follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.
We will deeply miss her hugs, long talks, words of encouragement, her gentle heart and thoughtful ways. Godspeed Mom and we will see you soon . . .
Recent stories, opinions and photos