Joyce Loose

Joyce Loose Obituary

MADISON – Joyce Loose, age 98, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Madison. She was born on Sept. 13, 1923, on the family farm north of Briggsville, Wis., the youngest of nine children, to Mary Joyce and Patrick Slowey. She had three brothers, Matthew, Patrick and Harold and five sisters, Stacia, Margaret, Irene, Marie and Virginia. Her grandfather, James Slowey came from Ireland.

Joyce married Milton Loose in March of 1943. Milton died very unexpectedly on Feb. 17, 1955, of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 32. Raising four young children on her own was Joyce’s real-life mission.

Joyce is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Loose) Joswiak, Marnee (Loose) Hafeman (partner, Mike McHugh), Paula (Loose) Brewster; son, Milton Loose; nine grandchildren: Eric (Natalie) Walters, Brett (Tera) Walters, Lindsey (Bronson) Blum, Chad (Jenny) Joswiak, Dan (Meri) Joswiak, Steven (Tracy) Hafeman, Angela Hafeman, Kiersten (Jeremiah) Wickenhauser and Keaton (Kristen) Loose; and 15 great-grandchildren: Alyssa Walters, Brayden Walters, Gregory Walters, Rhea Walters, Vince Joswiak, Casey Joswiak, Tory Joswiak, Lucy Joswiak, Lydia Hafeman, Evelyn Hafeman, Will Hafeman, Callen Hafeman, Scarlett Wickenhauser, Sebastian Wickenhauser and Parker Loose.

Joyce worked as secretary at the Westfield High School for 12 years. Then she left Westfield and moved to Madison to be near her family. She worked at Vertex, retiring at age 66. Then she worked at Gimbles, Younkers, Manchesters, and JC Penney’s where she retired when she was age 88.

Joyce loved celebrating every birthday and holiday with her whole family. Family time was the best time for her, especially when they could all be together. She so loved her family and was proud of each and every one. Her family was her life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 505 Dempsey Road, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, with a luncheon to follow. A graveside service will follow at Westfield East Cemetery. Family and friends who wish to view the Mass via LIVE STREAM may visit Joyce’s obituary page at and click on the Live Webcast link at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. A visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Tuesday.

Joyce leaves a legacy of faith and deep love of family, along with her smile that will never be forgotten…the stories that will be shared time and again…and the love that will be treasured forever.

She left her earthly mission to begin her Heavenly journey with the Lord along with loved ones who have passed before her. She will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her.

The family would like to extend gratitude to SSM St. Mary’s Care Center doctors, nurses and all the staff and the staff of SSM HospiceCare for their loving care and compassion.

A mother’s love is something that no one can explain.

It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain.

It is endless and unselfish and enduring, come what may,

For nothing can destroy it or take that love away.

Sleep on Mother and take your rest.

We love you, but God loved you best.

Online condolences may be made at

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