Diane Faye Joosse, 84, of Hingham, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, December 30, 2022, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
Diane was born on December 27, 1938, in Sheboygan, to John and Magdalena (Vercouteren) Otte. She was a graduate of Sheboygan Central High School in 1956. On November 30, 1957, Diane was united in marriage to Carl Joosse.
Diane was a lifelong member of Hingham Church, where she served as Sunday School, VBS, and Bible Class teacher, and junior choir director. She sang in the choir and was a member of the Good News Jail ministry. Diane volunteered at Pine Haven and Anchor of Hope. It was fitting that her final act of service for the Lord was having a role in the church Christmas program on Christmas Eve.
Diane was a talented cook and baker and loved making food for her family. She enjoyed crafts, bowling, and playing piano and organ. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and gardening. Over the years, Diane and Carl opened their home to 31 foster children.
Diane is survived by her two daughters, Wendy Eckwielen, Jody (Kurt) Thuemmler; two sons, Randall Joosse, Steven (Terri) Joosse; 12 grandchildren; Andrea Eckwielen Meerdink, Andrew Eckwielen, Meggie Eckwielen, Brandon, Evan and Sean Thuemmler, Josh (Laura) DePagter, Megan (Brian) Verheyen, Chelsey Joosse, Kate (Jake) Ratajczak, Alison (Scott) Simpson, and Maria (fiancé Todd) Joosse; 8 great-grandchildren, Finn, Norah, Maeve, William, Brady, Brynn, Kinsley, and Josephine; Diane is further survived by her sister, Judie Meise; brother, Gerald (Audrey) Otte; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Otte; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Moore; and a brother-in-law, Wayne (Verla) Joosse; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Diane was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; son-in-law, Brad Eckwielen; grandson, Jason Joosse; parents; parents-in-law, William & Lillian Joosse; sisters, Rachel (Verne) Rademaker, Ruth (Lester) Klujeske, Lois (Carl) TeWinkel, Florence (Donald) Jensema; brothers, Robert Otte, Carl (Ethel) Otte, and Don Otte; and brothers-in-law, Ernie Meise and Richard Moore.
A funeral service to celebrate Diane's life will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Hingham Church at 2:00 pm with Pastor Barrett Marcantel officiating. A private burial will take place at Sunrise Memorial Gardens.
Relatives and friends may greet the family at church on Saturday from 11:00am until the time of service.
Memorials are appreciated in Diane’s name for Hingham Church, Good News Jail and Prison Ministry, Anchor of Hope, and Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.
Diane’s family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the caring staff at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and Aurora Sheboygan Medical Center.
For online condolences and additional information please visit www.wenigfh.com.
The Wenig Funeral Home of Oostburg (920-564-2771) is serving the Joosse family with arrangements.