Joyce Caroline Gielow, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 13, 1937 to the late Norman and Elizabeth Nelson, passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on May 19, 2023, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Joyce lived an inspirational life that touched many hearts.
Joyce’s career spanned several decades during which she worked in the accounting department for the Bell Telephone Company that was later bought by AT&T. Her work ethic, passion and dedication to her craft were evident throughout her career and she inspired many of her colleagues.
Joyce was devoted to her church and passionate about volunteering her time to help others. She also enjoyed acquiring many different collectables and knickknacks, knitting and crocheting blankets to donate to church and other organizations, going to the casinos to play slots, working in her yard, traveling to different parts of the world and visiting with family and friends. She lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed every moment of it.
Joyce and her twin sister Joan lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and made an adventurous move to the small desert town of Pahrump, Nevada in 1995. After Joan passed, Joyce lived an extremely independent life until March 2023 when she decided it was best to move closer to her Family in Virginia Beach, Virginia. A full circle will be made when Joyce makes it to her final resting place at the Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin alongside her Mother, Father and twin Sister.
Joyce was preceded in death by her twin sister Joan Nelson and sister Nancy Garr. She will be deeply missed by her surviving family and friends, including her sister Diane Kusha, nephews Jeffrey and Gregory Garr, nieces Michelle Crawford and Kristen Furr (husband Allen and children Jacob and Nicholas) and her beloved feline Callei.
Joyce’s achievements were widely recognized and her life serves as a beacon of inspiration to everyone who knew her. She will be forever remembered for her generosity, warmth, kindness and unwavering positivity.
May Joyce Caroline Gielow rest in peace knowing that she made a lasting impression on all those around her.