Joyce Mary Brogan, age 94, of West Salem, WI (formally of Friendship, WI) died peacefully in her sleep on December 21, 2018.
A celebration of Life will be held at the Friendship Village Hall, 507 W. Lake St. Friendship, WI from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on June 1, 2019. All who knew Joyce are welcome to stop in and share a story or memory of her.
Joyce was born on August 15, 1924, in Arkdale, WI to Frank and Lucy (Arquette) O’Toole. She grew up in Arkdale and attended Adams-Friendship High School, graduating in 1941. After high school she attended college in Milwaukee for one year, studying music. She moved to Long Beach, CA and worked as a Bank teller and sold war bonds during WWII. She also had the opportunity to sing for the USO. While in California, she reunited with a fellow A-F graduate, John Brogan, and they married on August 14, 1944. The Brogan’s returned to Adams-Friendship, where they lived and raised 6 children.
Joyce’s musical abilities were well known throughout the region. Not only did she give piano and organ lessons, she played organ for many years at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Adams, WI. She played piano and sang for many weddings and at local establishments. She accompanied many school musicians for their band and singing recitals. For many years, Joyce conducted sing-a-longs at various senior centers and nursing homes wherever she was living. She was also a talented artist, painting on canvas and
wood-burning pictures on mushrooms.
Joyce was a member of the PTA in Adams and was a Girl Scouts and 4-H leader.
Joyce and John enjoyed traveling around the United States and Canada in their little camper, making friends wherever they went. Joyce was also fortunate to travel to Ireland, Hawaii, and the Dominican Republic. After John passed, Joyce moved to Texas for a few years and then returned to Wisconsin, settling in the La Crosse area.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lucy 0’Toole, her husband John H. Brogan, her brother John, and her sister Grace.
She is survived by her children: Peggy (Loren) Bahls of Helena, MT; Shannon “Sharon” Brogan of Hager City, WI; Peter (Melinda) Brogan of Friendship, WI; Michael Brogan of Friendship, WI; Jane Brogan of Onalaska, WI; and Colleen Brogan-Raasch (Robert) of Onalaska, WI; grandchildren: C. Patrick Bahls, Bradley Bahls, Sarah Jones, Matthew Brogan, James Brogan, Daniel Brogan, Lindsay Raasch, and Keely Raasch. Further survived by several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Joyce supported many causes and many charities. Her family would appreciate your gifting the memorials to one of these:
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
400 South Executive Drive 109
Brookfield, WI 53005
DAV – Disabled American Veterans
P.O. Box 14301
Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301
Joyce will be missed. Her song may have ended… but her music will go on.