Joyce E. Nielsen, 87 of Fall Creek died on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Dove Healthcare-West.

Joyce was born on January 22, 1929 to Frank and Mabel (Knutson) Sommerfeld in Lafayette, Wisconsin. She graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1947. Joyce married Edward Nielsen on February 26, 1949 in Rantoul, Illinois. Together they raised two children and resided in Fall Creek. She was an activeJoyce Nielsen Old member of St. James Trinity Lutheran Church in Fall Creek. Joyce worked at Fall Creek Mutual for many years. She thoroughly enjoyed her Fall Creek coffee group where lots of gossip was shared. Joyce was a very driven, compassionate, and strong “little lady” and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Joyce is survived by her son, Thomas (Joanne) Nielsen of Phillips, WI; daughter, Jean Nielsen of Eau Claire; granddaughters, Melinda Nielsen of Beaver Dam, WI, Ashley (Don) Beck of Eau Claire, Leanne (J.B.) Grangaard of Strum, WI, and Lindsey (Joshua) Krueger of Cottage Grove, MN; great-grandchildren KayLee and Tristan Beck, Lucas and Mya Grangaard, and Eli and Brynn Krueger; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Nielsen; sisters, Marge (Roland) Mondeau and Bonita (Donald) Melville; and brother, Norman Sommerfeld.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 11:00 am at Smith Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be on Monday, August 22, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at Smith Funeral Chapel and one hour prior to the services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Prairie View Cemetery in Chippewa Falls.


  1. Mom you have been an inspiration to many by your undieing love for Jean and the rest of this family for many years. You will be sadly missed by all. Rest in peace now “little lady” your hard work here is done.

  2. Tom and Jean and family,
    You have our sympathies. I have great memories of their screen house party’s and Duke, plus staying with them when my Dad had to go to Rochester. Their’s was a loving, and inviting home. Though I had not seen her recently, I will miss Joyce. Kae and Kevin Deal

  3. Joyce and her family were such a special part of our family (Bob and Vivian Postl) for years! She was an sweet “little lady”. Our families enjoyed many fun times together, especially on Victory Street! Tom and Jean please accept our sincerest condolences on her passing.

  4. Jean, Tom and family:

    Thinking of you during this difficult time. Greatest gift we have is our memories and joyous life you shared with your mom…
    Courage through the days ahead and know many hearts are with you and sending you hugs and strength.

    Warmest thoughts sent your way.

    Carol Sumner

  5. Jean, Tom and family,

    Saddened to read of your mom’s passing. You’re family has always been very dear in our hearts. Lots of great memories on Victory Street. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

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