Joyce A. Soldner, age 83, of Waterloo, formerly of Reeseville, passed away on Friday, September 22, 2023 in Columbus.
She was born September 10, 1940. She was the daughter of Clarence and Marie (Tschan) Soldner. Her parents lived on the family farm 5 miles S.W. of Reeseville. She is survived by her brother; Glenn Soldner, 3 nieces; Regina (Brent) Mosher, Chelsea (Michael) Harris, Jessica Soldner, grandnieces, a grandnephew, and cousins both in Switzerland and the US. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, parents, sister, aunts, uncles, and several cousins.
Joyce graduated from a one-room country school, grades 1-8. She was a 1958 graduate of Reeseville High School, a 1960 graduate of Columbia County Teacher’s College, a 1965 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s of Science and Lower Elementary Education degree, and a 1986 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a Masters of Education and Professional Development degree.
Joyce began teaching in a one-room country school for 2 years until it closed. Then she joined the Watertown School District and was a teacher of the lower elementary levels for 34 years.
She enjoyed being on baseball, basketball, and bowling teams. Her hobby was taking photos of one-room county schools all over the state. Her best interest and enjoyment was to play with her brother in her band, consisting of accordion and drums, known as “The 2 Tones”, named by their mother. They enjoyed and had much fun with the people, and playing for various events. She also sang and yodeled for special occasions on her own.
Joyce was a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ in Reeseville. She belonged to the Youth Fellowship, she sang in the choir, and served on the church consistory.
Funeral services will be at First United Church of Christ on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at church on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Burial will be at the Ev. Reformed Cemetery in the Town of Lowell.
All memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ in Reeseville, in Joyce Soldner’s name.