Joy Gander

Joy Gander
Joy Gander

Joy Gander, age 78, of Richland Center, suddenly passed away on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Richland Hospital. She was born in Richland County on August 12, 1936, the daughter of Joseph F. and Idella (Curless) Reith. Following her graduation from the Richland County Teacher’s College, Joy was united in marriage with Eldon Lee Gander on September 14, 1957 in Waukon, Iowa. They raised their family together and Joy was an active, dedicated member of the Richland Baptist Temple. Joy also worked for 35 years at O’Bryan Brothers and volunteered with the Foster Grandparent Program. She so enjoyed working with children, and cherished time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include

Her children: Kevin (Debby) Gander of Barron, Wisconsin Roger (Elizabeth) Gander of Richland Center Tammy Gander (Robert Sutter) of Mount Horeb Tina (Scott) Phetteplace of Richland Center

One brother: Doug Reith of Afton, Wisconsin

Three sisters: Della (Cecil) Gander Longmire of Lone Rock, Judy Reith-Rozelle of Spring Green, Sue (Ted) Kleist of Plain

Seven grandchildren

Seven great grandchildren

Her special friend Bill

Her brother in law: Milfred Gander

Her sister in law: Vivian Olson

Nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL. Doctor Reverend CD Fretz will officiate and burial will be in the Richland Center Cemetery. Visitation for Joy Gander will be held on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from noon until the time of the service at 2:00 PM. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at