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Joyce Ann (Doherty) Groff

01/16/1930 - 09/21/2023
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Joyce Ann (Doherty) Groff, 93, of Appleton, formerly Menasha, was called home to Heaven, Thursday, September 21, 2023, at her home surrounded by family.

Joyce was born on January 16, 1930, in Marshfield, WI to Hugh and Elizabeth (Freese) Doherty. She married Gale Groff on November 3, 1951, in Marshfield, WI. Joyce was a nurse at Theda Clark in Neenah, WI for 40 years. Long-time member of St. Mary Church in Menasha for over 60 years. Joyce loved to spend her free time traveling, spending time with family, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and doing cross word puzzles. She had a love for popcorn and arguably was the best stove-top popcorn maker.

Joyce is survived by her seven sons, Dan (Chris) Groff of Green Bay, WI; Richard (Kathy) Groff of Bellefonte, PA; Gary (Sandy) Groff of Shawano, WI; Jim (Debbie) Groff of Winchester, WI; Chuck (Charlie) Groff of Village of Harrison, WI; John (Debbie) Groff of City of Menasha, WI; and Pat (Angela) Groff of Appleton, WI; her two daughters, Sue Kuhn of Winchester, WI; and Julie (Stuart) Sanford of Kingwood, TX; her 27 grandkids, 46 great-grandkids, and 1 great-great-grandkid; sister-in-law, Nadine Groff of Appleton, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gale Groff; sisters, Dolores (Eugene) Schlagenhaft and Ruth (Norman) Wagner; brother, Jim (Alice) Doherty; son-in-law, George Kuhn; and many other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at St. Mary Church, Winneconne, WI. Fr. Tom Long and Deacon Paul Vidmar officiating. Visitation will be at St. Mary Church on Tuesday from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh, WI. Mueller Funeral Home in Winneconne, WI is assisting the family. If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

 The family would like to thank the caregivers at Dimensions Living, with a special thank you to Jessica and Brady for their love and support over the many years; and for the care and services Pro Medica Hospice provided.

Steve&Pam Winarski wrote on September 26, 2023
Chuck&Charlie So sorry to hear about your mother and mother inlaw what a great mother you had and mother in law may she sing and dance with the angels and every one who went before her.

Tim Hewitt wrote on September 25, 2023
Hello Jim May your mothers soul rest in peace Jesus we trust in you

Timothy Hewitt wrote on September 25, 2023
Jim and families Very sorry for the loss of your mother Remember her from St.Johns Catholic Church Menasha wi

Joyce Ann Groff wrote on September 25, 2023
Please know your family are in our thoughts and prayers and we are wishing you peace and comfort. All your wonderful memories of her will bring you joy. Love, Randy and Diane

Jennifer Long wrote on September 24, 2023
Very sorry for your loss. I have great memories of Joyce's hospitality and great cooking. She was very patient with our teenage behavior.