Redlin Funeral Home

Joyce M. Kowalke , Age 89

March 18, 1931 --November 05, 2020

Joyce M. Kowalke, age 89, of Baraboo, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. Joyce, daughter of Robert and Ella McManamy was born March 18, 1931 in Baraboo. On July 24, 1948 she was united in marriage to Alvin Walter Kowalke; he preceded her in death on August 23, 1992. Her strong work ethic allowed her to work at numerous jobs throughout her life. She was a longtime member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church in North Freedom. She enjoyed reading, walking and had a love for animals.

She is survived by her loving children, Gary A. Kowalke of North Freedom and Bonnie Spencer of Cambridge; siblings, Bob McManamy Jr. of Florida, James McManamy of Madison and Joan (Paul) Belton of Reno, Nevada as well as other relatives and friends.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Ella Slightam and son-in-law, Steven Spencer.

Private family services will be held at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in North Freedom with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Deb Almerli November 07, 2020

My Godmother and life long family friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

Joyce was like a second mother to me for many years! She will always be in my heart!

Cindy and Jeff Haertlein November 09, 2020

friend and neighbor North Freedom , Wisconsin

We are so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. We always had fun visiting with her in our back yards between her and Wava's. She was always watching out for us as we worked around Wava's house. We have missed her since she sold her home, and she will continue to be missed. Jeff and Cindy Haertlein

Charlotte A Coughlin January 03, 2021

Cousin KILLEEN , Texas

I'm so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. I remember her from my early years at the farm in Baraboo and then after we moved to Reedsburg. My thoughts and prayers will be with all of you.