Joyce U. Dreyfus, 84, a former First Lady of Wisconsin and a former Stevens Point resident, died Thursday, March 15, 2012.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Waukesha, with the Rev. David Simmons officiating.
Burial will be in Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.
Visitation will be at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home in Waukesha from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday and at the church from 9:30 a.m. Monday until the Mass.
Memorials should be given to the St. Matthias Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, 111 E. Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53187.
Condolences may be offered online at www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.
Mrs. Dreyfus was born May 28, 1927, a daughter of the late Harry A. and Ethel M. (Mitchell) Unke. She graduated from Washington High School in 1945, and later attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and obtained a bachelor of arts degree in education.
She was married to Lee Sherman Dreyfus, a former Wisconsin governor, for 60 years. He died on Jan. 2, 2008.
She was a teacher in the Stevens Point Area School District.
She was active in numerous volunteer and civic organizations. She was a member of P.E.O. and St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Waukesha.
During her time as the First Lady from 1979 to 1983, she helped establish the first Governor’s Award for the Arts in 1981. During that time, she also oversaw and led the fundraising and renovation campaign for the Governor’s Executive Residence.
Survivors include one son, the Hon. Lee S. (Susan) Dreyfus Jr., Waukesha; one daughter, Susan (The Rev. James S.) Dreyfus Fosdick, Eagle River; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.