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Joyce E. Simonson

Joyce E. Simonson, 89, passed away early morning on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Born Joyce Elizabeth Eggen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 5, 1928 to Jack and Elizabeth Eggen, she spent her childhood in Negaunee, Michigan until graduating from high
school in 1946. That year she moved to Wausau and began work as a Western Union Telegraph operator, where she met her soon-to-be husband, Donald Simonson (d.2004). They married on October 22, 1949. Joyce later served as a US Postal employee, and in 1967, became the first female mail carrier in Wausau. She was later promoted to postmaster secretary, where she served until her retirement in 1992.

She was a tireless volunteer in several organizations; many will fondly remember her work as a voting poll worker for many years. Her favorite activities included bowling, card club, reading, gardening, her pets and her greatest love, travel. Later in their 55 year marriage, she and husband Don traveled the world, and after his passing she continued to travel with companions Sharon and Kay.

She is preceded in death by her husband Donald, and is survived by daughters Susan (Scott) Chapin, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Cathleen (Scott) Jacobson, Gleason, WI; grandchildren Brent Chapin (fiancé Patricia), Denver, CO, Blair Chapin, Denver, CO, Elizabeth Chapin-Hetherington (Christopher), Long Beach CA, Troy Jacobson (Deb Hughes) Mineral Point, WI, Kelly Jacobson (Joel Kaskavitch) Wausau, WI; great-granddaughters Danika and Chloe (Coco) Buttke; honorary great-granddaughter Kallie Kaskavitch; honorary step-grandson Michael Dux, Jacksonville, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to the staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, the staff at The Bay at Colonial Manor, as well as Interim Hospice.

A Memorial Mass will be held Friday, April 20 at 10:30 am at Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 621 N. 2nd Street, Wausau with a visitation from 9:00 am until the time of service. Monsignor Mark Pierce will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, Donations may be made to Interim Hospice, or the Marathon County Humane Society.

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  1. Larry & Judy Schoch

    04/16/2018 at 11:33 am

    Joyce was a delightful person and a dear neighbor. We so enjoyed our visits with her and hearing her expressively telling us of her adventures. We will miss her joyful voice and her smile. We will miss her. Our prayers and condolences to you, her family.

    Love & Prayers,
    Larry & Judy

  2. Debra A Meilahn

    04/16/2018 at 11:33 am

    Sue and Cathy,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother.
    I remember all the trips that your mom and dad went on with my parents and the beautiful puppy that I brought home from you guys when they were all on a trip together. I remember the fun they all had together. Know that I am thinking of you at this time.

    Deb Schillak-Meilahn

  3. Dorothy Gehring

    04/16/2018 at 11:33 am

    Sue, Cathy and Families: We are so saddened by your mother’s death. We are praying for all of you. Joyce was the best neighbor anyone could hope for, and we are blessed to have known her for the past 42 years. Our family remembers her as being sweet and kind and generous and loving. She will be sadly missed. May God bless all of you and always keep you in His care. Love, The Gehrings