Joyce Marie Pacholka

Oscoda, Michigan
February 13, 1941 - February 6, 2021


The family will welcome friends from 9 - 11 AM on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda, MI.

Service Location

Sacred Heart Catholic Church ~ Oscoda, Michigan


A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM (instate 9 – 11 AM) on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda, MI with Monsignor James Brucksch officiating.

Obituary Notice

Joyce Marie Pacholka

Age 79, of Oscoda, MI, formerly of Bay City, MI passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw, MI. She was born on February 13, 1941 in Fraser, MI to the late James and Florence Rifenbark (nee Bellor). Joyce graduated from T.L. Handy High School in Bay City, MI. She worked for the Oscoda Area School System in the Food Service Department for 30 years and was known as either “Ms. Joyce” or “The Cook” by all those who knew and loved her. Joyce also spent some time working at Hallmark in Oscoda and at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base Exchange, but the most important job of all her years was raising her family. Joyce had a special place in her heart for all children and always made time in her life for the children who needed her most. Every year at Christmas time, Joyce would adopt a family in need and she made sure that come Christmas morning, there were presents under the Christmas tree for them. Many friends were involved in the process each Christmas and it was both a joyful time, but also a humbling experience for everyone who lent a helping hand. Joyce is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth Pacholka whom she married on July 11, 1959; children, Kenneth W. Pacholka II, Todd A. Pacholka, Jeffrey J. (Carolyn) Pacholka and Jimmy Reames; siblings, Gerald Rifenbark, Kay (Tom) Moran, Dorothy Rifenbark and Martin(Crystal) Rifenbark; grandchildren, Kenneth W. Pacholka III, Jaclyn R. Pacholka, Todd A. Pacholka II and Nathan A. Pacholka; great-grandchildren, Skyler, Tayler, Addison, Olivia, Elizabeth, Katelynn and Reese. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Gloria “Cora” Moran and twin grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM (instate 9 – 11 AM) on Friday, February 12, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oscoda, MI. Monsignor James Brucksch will officiate and the interment will follow in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. You may offer your condolences online at


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery ~ Oscoda, Michigan


Ken we were blessed to know Joyce, I'll never forget that last visit with her, she was a great and amazing person!! Our prayers are with you and your family!
— Vernell Drechsel
Ken and family, I was so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing away. May you be comforted with all your cherished memories.
— Molly Lee
Ken, so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing.. we remember you both from our days at WAFB. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
— Michael (Radar) and Debbie Evans
My beautiful friend, you taught me so much... I will cherish our memories together until I see you again. Heaven is gaining a very special Angel.
— Mary Potter
My Dearest Ken i was so sorry and saddened to hear about Joyce she was an amazing women and will be missed please know you are all in our hearts and prayers -Marsha Moore
— Marsha N Moore
Her smile her big heart her sense of humor her love for kids will never be forgotten rest in peace Joyce
— Linda Hock
Ken so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing you are in our thoughts and prayers
— Sherry and Gary Kimsel
To Ken and all of the family: I am saddened by her passing. I always enjoyed working with her at the Boutique. She so enjoyed helping the brides and the young ladies looking for their prom dresses. She supported all youth.
— Peggy Clarke
Thinking of you at this time. Joyce was a wonderful person. God Bless.
— Pat and Barry Gooch
Dear Ken and Family,
So sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.
Mike and Aggie Brown
— Mike and Aggie Brown
she was an amazing person, she will be missed. Prayers for the family.
— Kerry Tudor
Sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. I worked with her for many years.
— Mary Lou Peacock
So very sorry, sending our heartfelt condolences to you! Continuing to keep you in our prayers Uncle Kenny! Aunt Joyce will truly be missed.
— Dan & Sarah Valbak and Family
Beautiful person inside and out. Taught me a lot about doing for others but never would I be even near as good as she was.
She knew you needed something before you even knew it.
Amazing person as well as Mother In-Law that has been missed and will continue to be so. RIP Rev. 21:1–4
— Carolyn
Ken and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
— Michelle and Don Rousseau
so sorry to hear of Joyce's passing. though we never met her personally - we knew her and her kindness through you - prayers for you and your family at this time of loss - be strong
— Mrs Rae Ellsworth
I am saddened to hear of Joyce’s passing. I have so many amazing memories of working with her at REMS. She was the start of my day each day for many years. I enjoyed getting to school a tad early so that I could relax before the day began and Joyce was ready to take a break when I arrived. She arrived at the very crack of dawn each day, probably much earlier than she actually had to be there. She made my coffee and I delighted when she took a break from her early morning work to talk to me. She had an amazing wit. The phrase, “She would give you the shirt off of her back” was coined for Joyce. She was truly and amazing colleague, mother, grandmother and friend.
— Barbara Kennedy
Ken, Shirley and I were so sorry to hear of your loss. We never got the opportunity to meet Joyce in person but know we would have loved her as much as you.
— Hillis "Al" Cunliffe
So sorry for your loss.
— Marilyn Lopez
Dear Ken and family, Tom and I are so sorry to hear about Joyce's passing. She was such a special lady that we got to know through the Oscoda Choral Boosters! Joyce and I were roommates many times as chaperones on the Highschool choir trips together with our special friends, Fran Stanuzek and Alice Marciniak whom have both joined Joyce as Angel's watching down over us from heaven now. Joyce would always make sure that kid's had money for food on the trips ride home, after they had spent their money before during our choir trips. No kids went hungry! She would give you the shirt off her back!🥰 What a sweet and special lady she was and I looked up to her! You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, Ken!❤
— Thomas Bell & Mary Bell
Our family sends our love and prayers. We had a lot of fun with the Choir Boosters.
— Leo Marciniak
I am Very Sorry for your Loss,

Sending Many Prayers for Your Entire Family and Friends.
— Rita Trudell
Ken and family. So very sorry for your loss. Joyce was a lovely person and I will miss seeing her.
— Susan Gilliam
Jeff so sorry to see your mother has passed. Prayers for you and your Families.
— Margaret & James Kehoe
Ken so sorry for your loss I cannot even begin to imagine how you are feeling at this time. We hope family and friends help you through this difficult time. Mark and Tracie Harmon
— Mark Harmon
Ken and family, we are so sorry for her passing. Be assured that she is at peace and free of pain with our Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief.
— Stoney and Melva
My sincere condolences to Mark, family and friends. I worked with Joyce at the Base and Hallmark. I had not seen her for a long time but, often thought about her. It was a pleasure to know and work with her. May Lord give you Peace, Strength and Comfort during this time.
— VEE Boyd-Demings
my mother, Roberta Hagerman, wishes to send along her condolences. My mother, Roberta Hagerman and father, Edward Hagerman, were stationed with the Pacholka's, at MacGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. I have heard about all the fun times bowling and girlfriend gatherings, they used to have. My mother says she cherishes all those fun times they had together. My condolences to all family and friends.
— Lisa Brittain
Ken, I send my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. You guys were a part of our neighborhood family and I will always cherish our friendship. Prayers for your family my friend.
— Frank J Salazar
So sorry to hear about Joyce’s passing. She did so much for Nelson’s parents when they were in need and she was a wonderful, caring person. Our prayers and thoughts are with Ken and the family.
— Nelson & Deb Bellingham
So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing graduated with her in 1959 and haven’t seen her in years. May she Rest In Peace now.
— Donna Short Groya
Kay, I am so sorry to hear about your sister. Hugs....
— Nona Reinsch
Ken. Knew Joyce for many years going all the way back to grade school. We always remembered Joyce at the Handy class reunions that she was not able to attend. A year ago last august the reunion attendees knew you had reached out to us and we discussed that you asked us to remember her (like any of us that knew her could forget her). I write that I will remember her (and you ) and don't think I could error speaking for the rest of her Kolb, Handy (Trinity, Regel school) mates. Until we meet again Joyce.
— Nancy G Nesbitt

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