Joyce Helen May

NIAGARA, Wis. – Joyce Helen May, 94, of Niagara, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home, Niagara.

She was born Dec. 26, 1919, in Marinette, Wis., daughter of the late William and Ella (Krause) Grenier. Joyce grew up in Marinette and graduated from Marinette High School. She married Edward May on Aug. 22, 1942, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Marinette. He preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1999. They lived in Iron Mountain for one year before making Niagara their home.

Joyce was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, where she served on the Council of Catholic Women and taught religious education. She was a Girl Scout leader, bowled on a league for many years and played dart ball. Later in life she volunteered at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Hospital in Iron Mountain for over 18 years.

She is survived by one son, Bruce (Diane) May of Onalaska, Wis.; one daughter, Kathy (Gordon) Kilpela of Iron Mountain; one sister, Carol Dobbins; one brother, Warren Grenier; six grandchildren, Jeff (Lisa), Chris (Molly), Matthew (Katie) and Laura May, Ryan Kilpela and Carri Johnson; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Edward, Joyce was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Roland; and one sister, Doris.

Joyce’s grandchildren were her pride and joy, and she always said they made her feel young. Joyce will be missed.

Visitation will be on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Niagara. St Anthony Council of Catholic Women will offer a memorial service at the church. The funeral mass will be celebrated Thursday at 11 a.m. at the church. Fr. Raymond Valerio will officiate.

Burial will be in Niagara Cemetery.

You may light a candle in remembrance of Joyce or leave a condolence for her family online at Memorials can be made to Maryhill Manor.

The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel to honor Joyce’s legacy of life.