Joyce M. Peterson (Thornwall) (Sparks), 77, of Chippewa Falls, WI passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at Dove Healthcare – Wissota Health & Regional Vent Center in Chippewa Falls.

Joyce was born to Lawrence and Ruth (Olson) Peterson on May 30th, 1938 in Chippewa County, WI. She worked at Amoco & Pactiv for over 30 years before retiring in 2001. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Joyce loved to shop and go out for lunch, especially at her favorite restaurant, Chippewa Family Restaurant.

Joyce is survived by her sons Tom (Kenda) Thornwall and Todd (Pam) Thornwall; Daughter, Staci Sparks (Rich Wagner), and grandchildren Nicolas, Megan, Heather, Nicky, Bina, Forrest, Spencer, and Robby. She is also survived by three sisters, Lorraine Bjork, Nona Rubenzer, and Bonnie Gunther. As well as many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Sisters June and Dorothy; and Brothers Danny and David.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday February 13th, 2016 at 12 pm at New Life Open Bible Church in Lake Hallie, WI, with Pastor Scott Emerson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at church. Burial will be at a later date in Colfax, WI.


  1. So sorry to hear about your Mom. I enjoyed see the pictures of both of you on Facebook and seeing how much you resemble each other. Hope your fond memories will get you through.

  2. Staci and Family- So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I hold fond memories of Joyce and I know you all do too. I wish I could be there for you on the 13th but I will be in the Dells. If there is anything I can do for you upon my return, please let me know. Again, my deepest condolences.

  3. Your mom was so special and will never be forgotten. She will live on in our memories and most of all in our hearts. I miss her so much already. She will be remembered with so much love. I am so thankful she isn’t in anymore pain and that she is rejoicing with Jesus. What a blessing she was to so many people. Sorry I couldn’t be there for the Celebration of Life today, because of health issues and the weather up there.
    Love and deepest condolences. I will be praying for all of you.
    Nona Rubenzer

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