THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Joyce M. Bourassa
Issue Date: April 30, 2014
Joyce Marcia (Westphal) Bourassa, 96, of Oconto Falls, passed away Thursday, April 24 at Sharpe Care Nursing Home, Oconto Falls.
Born in Lakewood on July 27, 1917, to Eunice and Edward Westphal, she graduated from Lakewood High School in 1933. On Feb. 13, 1934, she married Harry J. Bourassa in Wabeno and he preceded her in death on Dec. 25, 1975. They logged in the area and had their own sawmill on Fireside Road, Oconto Falls. She was known to her grandchildren as Grandma B.
Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Rasmussen and Harriet Kuchenbecker, both of Oconto Falls; a son-in-law, Norbert Tiegs, Lena; 21 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bernice Baseley, New Mexico, Beatrice Poole, Clintonville, Janice Mauer, Klamath Falls, Or.; a sister-in-law, Jan Westphal, Oklahoma; many nieces; nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lorraine (Bourassa) Tiegs; three sons-in-law, Allen Rasmussen, Laurence Courchaine Jr., and Eugene Kuchenbecker; two brothers, Jerald Westphal and Edward Manny Westphal and a sister, Jean King.
Private family services will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto Falls at a later date. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home, Oconto is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials can be sent to the Disabled Veterans of America, Oconto County.