Joyce R. LaViolette

Joyce R. LaViolette, 81, of Shawano, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 26, at her home.

Joyce was born the first daughter of Thomas and Hilda (Friedman) Kozlowski in Little Suamico on Nov. 26, 1942, during a blizzardy day. Joyce was raised on the family farm.

On May 1, 1965, she was united in marriage to Jerry LaViolette at St. Pius Catholic Church.

Jerry preceded her in death in 2019; they enjoyed 54 loving years together. After graduating from Oconto High School in 1961, she worked in the clerical field until retirement in 2008, many of those years with her husband in his accounting business. Together the couple raised a son and daughter. The family enjoyed camping.

Joyce was a member for Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano. She enjoyed reading, flower gardening, making muffins and volunteering after retirement. As a member of the Green and Gold Hosta Society, she experienced seeing many gardens. After retirement, the couple enjoyed traveling, especially to the southwest.

Joyce is survived by her children, Christine (Chad) Hoffman, of Shawano, and Michael (Lori) LaViolette, of Glenwood, Iowa; grandchildren, Ryan (Jenna Rice) LaViolette and Morgan (Amanda Hallman) LaViolette; and siblings, Susan (Michael) Roulette, Sandra (Charles) Brzoznowski, Patrica (Richard) Groeschel, Thomas Kozlowski; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Renee Kozlowski, Douglas and Rene LaViolette, Sue and Duane LeTourneau, and Connie and Bob Wendt. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; siblings, Doris Kozlowski and William Kozlowski; sisters-in-law, Cathy Kozlowski and Joan Rogers; and brothers-in-law, Edward Roulette, Robin Campbell and John Rogers; nephews, Brian LaViolette and John Kozlowski; and a great-nephew, Corey Folts.

A memorial Mass for Joyce will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, with the Rev. Edward Looney officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the Shawano County Humane Society, the Alzheimer’s Foundation or the American Cancer Society.