THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Joyce M. Gyllenberg
Issue Date: October 4, 2018
Joyce M. (Blom) Gyllenberg, 100, of Marinette, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, surrounded by family at Linden Grove in New Berlin.
Born Jan. 20, 1918, to Charles and Anna (Meyers) Blom, she spent her early life in the Porterfield area and attended Miles School. On Jan. 7, 1939, she married John Albert Gyllenberg at Central Lutheran Church in Menominee. Their daughter, Darlene, was born Aug. 31, 1940 as the last girl born at the old M and M Hospital in Marinette.
They lived in Marinette for 58 years, except for 20 winters in Texas or Florida in retirement years. During World War II, she worked as a welder on frames for gliders at Lloyd Manufacturing Co. in Menominee. After the war, she devoted her life to her family, friends and neighbors.
In 2001, they moved to Northland Village where she lived until last November. She was known for her humbleness, friendliness, love of children, crocheting, textile painting and entertaining at home or in their trailer.
She recently enjoyed reading the local newspapers about the grand opening of the new Bay Area Medical Center.
A member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, she taught Sunday School, attended ladies aid meetings, did sewing for Lutheran World Relief and other charities and was also active in Salvation Army activities.
At 100 years old, she still made new friends at Northland Village in Marinette, Linden Grove in New Berlin and Hometown Hospice in Brookfield.
Survivors include a daughter, Darlene Backman of Franklin; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces; nephews; friends; neighbors and caregivers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John on Sept. 7, 2008; seven siblings and a son-in-law, Edward Backman.
The family invites relatives and friends to gather at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Marinette on Saturday, Oct. 6 with visitation from 1 p.m. until time of the funeral services at 3 p.m. Rev. James Wendt will officiate followed by dinner. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery in Marinette. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.