Joyce Johnson

Joyce M. Johnson, 95, formerly of Kiel, died Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living.

She was the former Joyce M. Tenpas, born Jan. 9, 1925 in Vesper, daughter of the late William and Anna (Nordstrom) Tenpas.

Joyce graduated from Wisconsin Rapids High School in 1943 and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1948, receiving a B.S. degree in Nutrition. She later attended Silver Lake College to receive her teaching degree.

On Aug. 21, 1948 she married Henry R. Johnson Jr. in Wisconsin Rapids and spent their early years in Madison, Lima (Ohio), and Sheboygan before settling in Kiel in 1958. Henry preceded her in death on April 27, 1971.

Joyce began her teaching career in 1967. She taught briefly at SS Peter & Paul Parochial School, Kiel, but spent the majority of her career teaching science and home economics at Kiel High School, where she also served as the FHA Club advisor. She retired in 1986.

She was a former active member of First Presbyterian Church, Kiel and of the Kiel Homemakers. After moving to Green Bay in 2009, she became a member of the Catholic Church.

Joyce enjoyed being a homemaker, raising her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed sewing, bridge, and golf.

Survivors include her three daughters, Dr. Carla Johnson (Dr. James Stouffer) of London, Ontario; Ann (Thomas) Vorpahl of Green Bay; and Mary (Daniel) Wundrock of Cedarburg; three grandchildren, Dr. Jessica (Paul) Sosso of Sparta, Eric (Kristin) Vorpahl of Sheboygan Falls, and Captain Peter (Rachel) Conrardy of Fort Benning, Georgia. She is further survived by nine great-grandchildren, Matthew, Ava, and Andrew Vorpahl; Elijah, Gianna, and Jonah Sosso and Charlotte, Abigail, and Evelyn Conrardy.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by brother and sister-in-law Garit (Harriet) Tenpas; sister and brother-in-law Dolores (Robert) Kramer; brother-in law and sister-in-law Norman (Dorothy) Johnson; her infant brother, Howard; and special friend Howard Vorpahl.

The Funeral Mass for Joyce will be celebrated at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 413 Fremont St., Kiel. Visitation for family and friends will take place at the church on Friday from 1 to 2:45 p.m. when they will have brief family rites prior to Mass. Burial will follow in the Kiel City Cemetery.

Joyce’s family would like to give a special thank you to her caregivers at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living and Aceracare Hospice.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in her name.

Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home of Kiel is assisting with arrangements.

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