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Joyce Marie BouressaMay 31, 1929 ~ December 31, 2017 (age 88)
Joyce M. Bouressa, age 88, of Kaukauna, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at the Country Villa in Freedom, where she resided the last four years. She was born in Little Chute on May 31, 1929, daughter of the late Frank and Agnes (Vandenberg) De Bruin. Joyce married Donald “Shy” Bouressa and together they had four children.
Joyce was well known for making bread and buns and giving them to anyone who would take them. She also made suckers and donated them by the hundreds to local benefits. Joyce literally gave the coat off her back to someone in need. She was the definition of love.
Joyce could often be seen driving her blue scooter around town. She loved to sing and was devoted to her Lord and Savior. She would often lead the rosary at the Country Villa.
Joyce’s children were her life, and her grandchildren her pride and joy. She loved taking her grandkids to the Santa Claus parades and having them over for sleepovers. Joyce was the family taxi driver and her home always had an open door, everyone was welcome at all times. Joyce’s loving nature, huge heart and quick wit will be truly missed.
Joyce is survived by her children: Kim (Lee) Weyenberg, Ken (Debbie) Bouressa, Frank (Chris) Bouressa, and Kay (Mark) Hartzheim; grandchildren: Sara (David) Nejat-Bina, Wendy (Craig) Vander Zanden, Angela Weyenberg, Kari (Phil Taylor) Bouressa, Tyler (Rachel) Bouressa, Nick (Ellie) Bouressa, Jennifer (Greg) Van Elzen, Dr. Brett Peters, Tony (Emma) Bouressa, Molly (Adam) Van Zeeland, Lucy (Nathan) Werley, Becky Bouressa, Donny Bouressa, Luke (Maria) Hartzheim, Jake (Ashley) Hartzheim, and Jon Hartzheim; great grandchildren: Adam, Abby, Ava, Aliyah, Laila, Roman, Grace, Kennedy, Evan, Natalie, Crosby, Nora, Isla, Abby, Kylie, Lexi, Jackson, Will, Sammy, Paige, Henry, Josie, Reese, and Riley; a brother, Jim (Dolores) De Bruin; brothers and sisters-in-law: Carol De Bruin, Joyce “Eck” Van Grinsven, and Joseph “Tiner” (Donna) Bouressa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Donald “Shy” Bouressa; parents, Frank and Agnes De Bruin; grandson, Patrick Weyenberg; great granddaughter, Macy Van Zeeland; sister, Betty (Joseph) Peerenboom; brother, Thomas De Bruin; brothers and sister-in-law: Laverne (Robert) Kaufman and Lawrence “Pug” Van Grinsven.
Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church, 323 S. Pine Street, Little Chute, with Msgr. Jim Vanden Hogen officiating and assisted by Deacon Gary Vanness. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Joyce’s name. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com.
The Bouressa family would like to extend a special thank you to Sandra, Tina, Gina, Tammy, Kim, Trina and Ken at the Country Villa and the entire care team for all of their love, compassion and care. Also a thank you to Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care given to Joyce.
“Always stay as nice as you are this day….So long”