MADISON-Joyce Marie Bassett, age 69, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, due to liver illness. Joyce was born on February 24, 1943, in Madison, the daughter of Clair and Iva (Purcell) Payne. She loved being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Joyce loved to laugh and her hope was for "everyone to be happy". Joyce got great pleasure in giving no matter how big or small the gift was. Sometimes the gift was just to listen to friends and family.
Joyce is survived by her "darlin'" husband, Gerald "Jerry"; two sons, Garry (Patricia) Stiegman of Lusby, MD, and Patrick (Brenda) Stiegman of Canton, CT; a daughter, Deana (Pat) Thorson of New Glarus; three granddaughters, Chelsea Lynn (Ryan) Ihnacik of Annapolis, MD, Victoria Elizabeth of Canton, CT, and Marisa Hailey Thorson of New Glarus; one special grandson, Nicholas Bradford Stiegman of Lusby, MD; four sisters, Norma Schultz of Sun Prairie, Barbara Haefner of Westfield, Lizzie Weger of Grand Marsh, and Helen Helms of Lake Mills; special friends, Judie Tomcany, Sue Rondon, Beverly Georgeson, Sandi and Joe Dzikowich, just to name a few. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Beverly Mack; and three brothers, Leo Jones, Melvin and LeRoy Payne.
A Celebration of Joyce's Life will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME, 7435 University Avenue, Middleton from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2012.