Joyce Mae Last was born in the Town of Milford on October 12, 1932, daughter of Edgar and Viola (Brendel) Last. She grew up in the Johnson Creek area where she attended local schools. On August 20, 1949, Joyce married Irving E. Quest in Lake Mills.
Joyce and Irving farmed in the Town of Hustisford. Her proudest accomplishment was raising twelve children and instilling in them the Golden Rule, please, thank you and the importance of a strong Catholic Faith. She will be remembered most for her chicken dinners, baked beans, hot bread and a bountiful table to accommodate any unexpected visitors.
Joyce wore many red hats, from starting out as a telephone operator to running her successful “Healthy Acres” business to growing immense gardens, being a 24/7 busy grandma boasting of her fifty five grandchildren, sixty great-grandchildren and truly loving numerous traveling adventures with her husband.
Joyce was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clyman.
Joyce is survived by her twelve children, Dan (Pauline) Quest of Nevada, MO; Dennis (Sandi) Quest of Watertown; Sharon (Willie) Benzing of Wasilla, AK; Lori (K.B.) Bocher of Watertown; Teresa (Jim) Manning of Blue Grass, IA; Mary (Tim) Dornfeld of Clyman; Jane (Clark) Tracy of Watertown; Steve Quest of Watertown; Kathy (Greg) Manning of Nekoosa; Joanne (Mark) VerHage of Beaver Dam; Diane (Sean) Kennedy of Friesland and Tom (Allison) Quest of Reeseville; fifty-five grandchildren; sixty great-grandchildren; two step grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; a brother, Alan Last of Helenville; two sisters-in-law, Mary Korth of Watertown and Laurie Williams of Fort Atkinson, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, two grandsons, Mark Quest and Clark Tracy Jr.; a granddaughter, Danielle Quest; a great-granddaughter, Peyton Quest.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Clyman on Saturday, March 14th at noon, with Father Michael Erwin presiding. Burial will be at St. Isadore Catholic Cemetery in Clyman.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John the Baptist Church in Clyman, St. Henry Catholic Church in Watertown or to the charity of one’s choice, would be appreciated.
The family would like to thank the staff at Heritage Home for the wonderful care and compassion they provided for Joyce and her family.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.