Joyce Ann Marie Theisinger Kemp passed on April 20, 2023 at the age of 94 years. She was born to William and Myrtle Theisinger in Peru, IL on November 26, 1928.
Joyce Ann graduated from Hopkins High School in Granville, IL following which she went to Peoria, IL to Beauty School. She had a beauty shop in Granville, IL for several years. She met her loving husband, Bill Kemp and several years later they were married on August 28, 1949, at the County Line Church in Peru, IL.
For a short time, they lived in Peoria while her husband finished college. They made their first home in a one room house until 1951 when they had a house built on the same farm.
She has five loving children, Terry (Cheri) Kemp of Dixon, IL, Linda (Dan) DeMattia, of Hennepin, IL, Gary (Janet) Kemp of Oswego, IL, David (Kathy) Kemp of Coal Valley, IL and Lisa (Darren) Petersen of Princeton, IL. She also has two sisters, Marilyn Freedy of Batavia, IL, Carol (Gene) Schinzer of West Brooklyn, IL, 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She was a very active woman. Joyce was a member of Psi Omega, Hennepin United Methodist Church, Hennepin United Methodist Women, Hennepin American Legion Auxiliary, Putnam County Historical Society and loved playing cards and dominoes with her long-time friends. She worked at Westclox, Steinbergs, was a telephone operator in Hennepin, worked for the Hennepin Park District and Hennepin Grocery Store. Her most important job was being a Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma and Great-Great Grandma to her family, of which she was immensely proud.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Donald, and her husband, Bill.
Contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2023 at Dysart – Cofoid Funeral Chapel, 208 S. McCoy St. Granville, IL.
Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2023 at Dysart – Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville. Pastor Phil Jackson will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Hennepin.
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