Joye Lavonne Lemke

Joye Lavonne Lemke, 66, of Waupun, was born into eternal life on January 17, 2014 at her home.  Joye was born on April 15th, 1947 in La Crosse, WI the daughter of Robert and Helen Rynes West.  They moved to Waupun where Joye attended St Joseph’s Catholic School and Waupun High School.  On February 19, 1966 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church she married Lauren R. Lemke from Markesan.  Joye had a big heart and loved being a wife and a mother to her four children.  She held many hidden talents that most will never know; her mind of an artist was always at work whether through cooking, journaling, knitting, sewing, needle point, or any craft of the time.

 Joye is survived by her husband of 47 years, Lauren R. Lemke; children, Timothy (Rebecca) Lemke of West Bend, Tonya (Hosea) Craighead of Dearing, GA, Jennifer Freeman of Tucson, AZ, and Joshua (Crystal) Lemke of Waupun; grandchildren, Michael, Zachary and Maranda Lemke, Hosea Joshua and Isaiah Craighead, Jordan and Jakob Freeman, and Dylaney and Cashton Lemke; two great-grandchildren, Traveon and Jazlynn Craighead; sisters, Suzanne (Ed) Constantini, Zona (Jon) Wagar, and Mary Hope West; brothers, Robert (Judy) West and David West; and many nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Joye was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Helen West of Waupun; sister, Constance West of La Crosse; and niece, Lisa (West) Rens of Waupun.

A Funeral Mass for Joye L. Lemke will be held Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Waupun with Father Mike Wild officiating. Friends and relatives may call on the family on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun and staff are serving the family.  Please visit our website at for further information and to send condolences.