Joyce K Hagens
Sept. 23, 1943 - Dec. 31, 2020
Hilbert, WI
Funeral Service:
Friday, Jan. 8, 2021
5:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Funeral Visitation:
Friday, Jan. 8, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Joyce K Hagens
Hilbert, WI

Joyce Kathryn Hagens, age 77 of Hilbert, died on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.  She was born September 23, 1943 in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Joseph & 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, Wisconsin and Frabill Manufacturing in Jackson, Wisconsin.  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 others 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, Cassandra (Gary) Cox; grandchildren: Jack, Craig & Isaac Shepherd, Trenton & Desiree Schwalbach; a great grandchild: Kendrick Schwalbach; her sisters: Johanna (Donald) Bonlander, 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 5:00 pm on Friday, January 8, 2021 at the 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 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Friday, January 8, 2021 when the service will be held. 

Those who wish may watch a live stream of the service or view flowers given by clicking HERE.  There will also be an archived video to be watched in the future.  
I remember spending days hanging out with Lisa. Your mom was always so nice, trying to get me to talk when I was so shy. Sending my deepest sympathies to the family.

Jennifer (Behnke) Hare (Daughter Lisa's Friend) - Jan. 8, 2021

Our condolences to the family of Joyce. In our thoughts.

Sharon,Mike Nault (Friend ) - Jan. 8, 2021

Our sympathy goes out to your family on Joyce's passing. I have fond memories of days long ago growing up in Hayton when the Barany and Cullen kids would get together in the neighbor hood for some fun. Joyce even babysat for my younger brother and sister. Many fond memories of times growing up. Joyce will be remembered as a fun loving and caring person. May God keep your family in His care during this difficult time. Sincerely, Tom & Linda

Tom & Linda Cullen (Friend) - Jan. 7, 2021

Joyce used to bring her lawn mower by us to get fixed. She was always a happy lady. Best remember her old Suburban with the huge band-aids on it. My condolences to her family

Francis Schneider (neighbor) - Jan. 7, 2021

Your family has my sympathy.Joyce gave me goodie to eat all the time when I delivered packages to her via UPS over 20 years on Fairy Spring Rd

Ray Squeak Gremminger (Ray Squeak Gremminger) - Jan. 5, 2021

My mom always liked jokes. There are so many she played on us. Here is one I'll share.

A long time ago I asked for a Gameboy for a Christmas gift for an entire year straight. We had one of those refrigerator whiteboards with the winnable markets. I would post a message up there everyday because my mom would erase it everyday. I always asked for a Gameboy. I did this literally for the entire year and so did my mom. Christmas time rolled around and the presents were under the tree. Like our Christmas times in later years, we had to wait until the evening to open our gifts. Of course we would look under the tree and count how many were for us. I didn't have a single gift under the tree. I was very sad and I was the designated gift giver. I did my job cheerfully anyway. I thought to myself, I wasn't bad at all this year, why don't I have any gifts? Finally, I had handed out all the gifts and I didn't have a single gift at all.

My mom then asked me where was my gift. I said I didn't get any. I could tell that my mom and dad at that point were having a little fun with me. My mom then told me to go look on the bookshelf in the corner. Sure enough there was a gift there for me, only one.

I truly didn't know what the gift was, I could only hope. I eagerly unwrapped the box and opened it only to find out that it was an empty box. I started to cry a little and then my mom said whats wrong isn't there anything in there?

I said no, its empty. She then asked me to come over to her and then she handed me another wrapped box she was hiding behind her chair. I opened it with some teary eyes and then I couldn't believe it, I actually got a gameboy!!!

I'm sure that was my mom's way of having a little fun with me for being such a pain in the butt. It was also a very expensive gift for my parents to give so they had to have a little fun with me. I have a fond memory of that because it was more impact full the way my parents did it, I probably deserved that little bit of torture anyway. Thank you mom and dad. I'll always love you mom and your sense of humor.

David Hagens (Son) - Jan. 5, 2021

So sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. I remember her always having a smile in her voice. Deepest sympathy from Don and I

Pennie Thiele (Friend) - Jan. 5, 2021

I have a happy memory to share. It's about Christmas cookies. Mom let us kids do whatever we wanted with decorating cookies. One time all, of us kids were in on it, but defiantly the brainstorming of myself and David. These cookies were special because they were going to be out out for a party. We decided headless gingerbread men, reindeer, and limbless Santa's with all the red frosted gore, would be a good idea. Along with that, we had cookies with the sevens sins written on them, in red frosting. We showed mom out "pretty cookies" and off they went into the entry way until party time. I think it was uncle Pete who happened across a special cookie first. I think it was the gluttony cookie. He shows it to mom and says as far as I can remember " Joyce, do you know what this is all about? " to our delight we could hear clearly, "you d@mn kids".

Cassandra cox (Daughter) - Jan. 4, 2021

I have so many memories of my mother. One thing I remember, is how much she loved music and our weekends filled with music. When we were cleaning the house, whatever we were doing, there was always music. One thing I will never forget is my mom never singng a lyric. She would always hum, or go do dee do or whatever she did, and whistle. My mom had the most beautiful whistle, I tried for years to be as good of a whistler as my mother and I failed. I will always remember that whistle, and how beautiful it was.

Lisa Schwalbach (Daughter ) - Jan. 4, 2021

Through all of your health issues you never lost your smile...which was truly amazing & a compliment to your character. I think some of the best memories were sitting at your kitchen table listening to all of the stories & shenanigans of your family growing up in Hayton! I know you were welcomed with open arms by Grandma & Grandpa, Uncle John & Uncle Joe. Blessings to your entire family...

Mary Jo Anhalt (Niece) - Jan. 4, 2021

Mom was a strong woman. She would take what life threw at her at work with it. She gave that strength and persistence to her children. She also had a great sense of humor. She put up with more than a few pranks from her kids. I feel that she was a mother to more than her own children. Nieces, nephews, neighbor kids and school friends were all welcome to dinner, some good advice, and a few jokes. Mom always made holidays and birthdays special. Even if her and dad had little to gift she made it feel like more. We were raised with hard work, family values, hand me downs, and 2nd had things at times. I learned to be creative and appreciative of what I have. We are, and continue to be close as family because mom was all about family ties, all family, not just her own. Thanks mom with love from your castlebear

Cassandra cox (Daughter) - Jan. 3, 2021

You will be loved and missed by many though dealt many blows in life that others wouldn't have been able to handle, you did! Never once complaining when you lost your eyesight but you just accepted it and moved on. I shall never forget your indomitable spirit and your fortitude in life. You can now see again and enjoy the company of your loved ones waiting for all of those here to join you. May you rest in peace my Dear Sister-in-Law.

Jane Barany (Sister-in-law) - Jan. 3, 2021

We had our time,and a lot of good memories.I will miss our time together,and our talks.

Johanna Bonlander (Sister) - Jan. 3, 2021

I love you Aunt Joyce and I'm forever going to miss everything about you , not hearing your voice anymore breaks my heart , I know your in heaven. but I wish you were here, I will never ever forget you ? Love You, Kim

Kim Hill (Niece ) - Jan. 3, 2021

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