Evelyn "Joyce" Englert, 95, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2022, at The Garden Apartments in Wausau. She is reunited with the love of her life of seventy-one years, Leonard (Bud) Englert, in heaven.
Evelyn was born on February 22,1927, to Charles and Anna La Vick. She was delivered by her maternal grandmother at her parents’ home on Fairmount Street in Wausau.
Mom attended Saint Mary’s Catholic School, Horace Mann and Wausau Senior High School. After high school, she worked as a secretary and bookkeeper until her marriage to Bud, on June 17, 1950, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
When Bud was called back to active duty with the Marine Corps during the Korean War, Joyce lived with her parents. She gave birth to their first child, Lenny, in August 1951. Upon Bud’s return, the family grew with the arrival of Anne, John, and Tom.
Mom and Dad purchased a home across the street from her parents, on Fairmount Street, and lived there for seventy years. At one of Mom’s class reunions, she was voted, “The person that never got very far in life” because she lived on the same street her entire life.
Mom was always active. One of her favorite phrases was, “I’m not a sitter.” She enjoyed being outdoors and took great pride in her home. She loved working in her yard, planting flowers, cross country skiing, walking, bowling, and swam regularly at the YMCA. Her favorite color was yellow. It dominated her wardrobe, her flower gardens and even the color of the house we lived in. Yellow made her happy.
Over the years, Mom traveled with The Trekkers Women’s Bus Group throughout the U.S. She also made twelve trips to Europe with Dad.
She was a loving mother who always put her family first! Our home was filled with love, laughter, warm meals, clean sun-dried sheets fresh from the wash-line and cookies for after school treats, Saturday night baths, popcorn and watching Gunsmoke on TV together were treasured parts of our family traditions. Mom’s lemon meringue and apple pies were always a favorite. She loved trying new recipes often torn out of newspapers and magazines.
Mom and Dad were life-long members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wausau and the Church of the Resurrection. Our family worshiped God in our home and attended church services as a family together.
Joyce is survived by her four children, Len Englert, (Mary) Wisconsin Rapids, Anne Jones (Tom), Wausau, John Englert (Lisa), Missoula Mt, and Tom Englert (Pam), Schofield. In addition are her beloved grandchildren, Katie Jones, Ben Jones (Emily), Christina Laduron (Chris), Jenny Englert, Ryan Englert, and Bailey Roslawski and her great grandchildren, Caleb Fallon, Layla and Evan Laduron, Evan Jones.
Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Leonard (Bud) Englert, her parents Charles La Vick and Anna-Opperman La Vick, her brothers Kermit and Myron La Vick, and her in-laws Leonard and Elsie Englert.
We were so blessed to have had such a wonderful mother to guide us through life. Until we meet again, Mom, love you forever and always.
A funeral Mass to celebrate Joyce’s life will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, at 10:30 A.M. located at The Church of the Resurrection at 621 N. 2nd St. in Wausau. Father Eric Mashak will preside. The family will greet friends before the service from 9:00-10:15 A.M. Burial will take place in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery located at 1915 Grand Ave. in Wausau.
Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.