Joyce M. Kolbe, 75, met her Savior on October 19, 2010 after a long and courageous battle with lung disease.
Joyce was the daughter of Robert and Stella Kinney, born October 28, 1934, in Wausau. On April 11, 1953, Joyce married Edmond Koskey and they were blessed with seven children. He preceded her in death in 1974. Through the years, she had been a very active member of St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau.
On July 5, 2002, Joyce married Charles Kolbe of Wausau. She and Charles were once high school sweethearts. They spent their years together as very active members and leaders of the local and statewide chapters of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners. In addition, they spent as much time as possible at their summer residence in Northern Wisconsin.
Joyce was employed at the Marathon County Highway Department for 49 ½ years as an Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper, choosing to retire before her 50th anniversary to be with Charles and begin their life together after being reunited.
Joyce will always be remembered for her love of family. She was the revered grandmother of--------and the great grandmother of-------and will forever be remembered as "G-ma". The joy she brought to their lives will live on forever in their hearts.
Joyce will be missed dearly by her children, David (Lisa) Koskey, Susan (Jeff) Kaliebe, Kathy (Rodger) Behrens, Denise (Paul) Gerhardt, Keith (Vicki) Koskey, Gary (Lisa) Koskey and Peter (Sara) Koskey. Joyce was the beloved sister of Richard (Joyce) Koplitz, Robert (Marcy) Koplitz and James (Sharon) Koplitz, all of Wausau.
Besides her parents and Husband, Edmond Koskey, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Patrick Kinney and Jerry Koplitz.
The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday October 23, 2010 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau. Rev. William Grevatch will preside. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Friday from 4 – 8 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau and again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
The entire family wishes to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the staff of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services who demonstrated compassion, empathy and professionalism throughout this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services or Shriner's International.