Joyce Hagens

Joyce Kathryn Hagens, 77, of Hilbert died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.

She was born Sept. 23, 1943 in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Kopjar) Barany. Joyce married Clifford Hagens on June 9, 1973 at St. Martin Catholic Church in Charlestown.

Early in her working career, she commuted by train to work at Briggs & Stratton in West Allis and Frabill Manufacturing in Jackson. She later settled in at Tecumseh Products in New Holstein where she remained until her retirement in 1982.

She was a member at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sherwood and in her younger years she took her passion for bowling and joined a local bowling league where she was able to socialize with friends.

Joyce was someone who appreciated the company of others. She looked forward to her morning “coffee clutches” and dinners at local supper clubs with family and friends. She was a loyal friend who went out of her way to cook meals for family and friends to gather together and enjoy not only the food, but each other’s company. Her love of family was paramount, and she devoted her time to the betterment of their lives and appreciated every moment she was able to spend with those she loved.

Survivors include her husband, Clifford; her children, Stephanie (Brent) Shepherd, Lisa (Frank) Schwalbach, David (Catherine Kutka) Hagens, and Cassandra (Gary) Cox; grandchildren Jack, Craig, and Isaac Shepherd, and Trenton and Desiree Schwalbach; a great-grandchild, Kendrick Schwalbach; her sisters, Johanna (Donald) Bonlander and Darlene (Peter) Hagens; a sister-in-law, Jane Barany; and a close cousin, Kathy (Joe) Macaluso. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Joseph Barany.

Funeral service will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 at Wieting Family Funeral Home, 411 W. Main St. in Chilton. Burial will be in the St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Chilton. Friends may call at the Wieting Family Funeral Home from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 when the service will be held.

A live stream and archived video of the service will be available by following the link through

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