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Joyce A. O'Krongly

KINGSFORD, Mich. - Joyce A. O'Krongly, 87, of Kingsford, passed away June 8, 2022, at Marshfield Medical Center-Dickinson, Iron Mountain.

She was born Oct. 7, 1934, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Earl and Mary (Laitila) Mattson. Joyce grew up and graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood. She married Robert O'Krongly on Nov. 14, 1953, in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 1991.

Joyce worked as a switchboard operator, later as a cashier at Cousins Subs in Milwaukee, as well as an Avon representative for years until she retired. Joyce and Robert resided in Milwaukee for more than 50 years. She later moved to Florence, Wisconsin, to be closer to her family. Most recently, she had been residing at Evergreen Assisted Living in Kingsford.

Joyce enjoyed many hobbies, including gardening, reading Laura Ingalls Wilder books, cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, volunteering at St. Vincent De Paul in Florence, as well as her numerous pets and outdoor animals.

Survivors include two sons, Robert O'Krongly, Milwaukee, and Jeffrey (Diane) O'Krongly, Mercer, Wisconsin; three daughters, Mary (Bill) Schmidt, Hayward, Wisconsin, Karen (Rich) Konecny, Milwaukee, and Christine (Rick) Knepper, Florence; a sister, Dolores (Melvin) Luoma, Ironwood; nine grandchildren, Jenny, Tim, Sarah, Nikki, Laura, Lydia, R.J., Holly and William; many great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Robert, Joyce was preceded in death by two sons, Thomas O'Krongly, and an infant son, Joseph O'Krongly; as well as two brothers, Roland and Richard Mattson.

Per Joyce's wishes, private family services will be held.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Marshfield Medical Center, as well as the staff at Evergreen Assisted Living for the loving care they showed to Joyce.

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The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain to honor Joyce's legacy of life.