Joyce Ranguette, age 85, of Marquette was passed into the hands of the Lord on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, while in the tender care of Marquette County Medical Care Facility staff.
Joyce was born July 5th, 1936 in Limestone Michigan, the first of six children born to Leonard Oliver and Florence Pauline (Storm) Methot. The family later relocated to Munising where Joyce attended school and was a graduate of Wm. G. Mather High School. Following graduation Joyce was employed as a secretary by the Kimberly-Clark paper mill in Munising. She also began dating a young handsome local lad named Del Mercier and the two were married August 25th 1956. Joyce and Del raised a family of five children and resided in Marquette and surrounding areas throughout their years together. Joyce was primarily a stay-at-home Mom with intermittent periods of part time employment and assisting Del run several small businesses including catering events during the 1980’s.
After the passing of Del in 1998, Joyce kept herself busy with volunteer work at Marquette General Hospital and various church groups. Joyce enjoyed gardening and was passionate in caring for her M28 home and large yard while maintaining a watchful Mother’s eye on her adult children.
Joyce began dating Bob Ranguette and the two wed in 2004. Bob introduced a spry Joyce to the sport of golf which became a treasured past time for her at Gentz’s Homestead in Beaver Grove. In between bouts of laughter Joyce loved to, “smack the ball “. Bob passed in 2008 and Joyce relocated to Lost Creek where she enjoyed her golden years and neighbors until 2020 when health care needs resulted in her placement at the Marquette County Medical Care facility.
Joyce is survived by her children Leonard (Lori) Mercier of Marquette, Julie (Eric) Burkhart of Imperial Beach, California, Benny (Dawn) Mercier of Marquette, Kenneth (Sarah) Mercier of Neenah, Wisconsin, one sister Sally (John) Klosowski of Munising, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, son Glen Mercier, sister Louis Bergstrom, sister Lorraine Ferguson, infant sister Carol Lee Methot and infant brother Leonard Jerome Methot.
Joyce’s wishes for a private family ceremony will be honored.