Joyce Ann Mook

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Joyce Ann Mook, 81, of Bay City, formerly of Saginaw, our helpful and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend went home to be with the Lord on the morning of Thursday, January 25, 2017 at her home. Joyce was born in Saginaw on June 26, 1935, the daughter of the late Joseph and Martha (Waterstradt) Katzenberger. She graduated from Saginaw High School and while riding horses met the love of her life, David C. Mook. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on September 24, 1955. Sadly, David preceded her in death in 2006. Joyce worked at Robertson’s Dry Cleaners, Petrolane, and was the dedicated secretary of the former St. James Lutheran Church in Saginaw. Throughout her service to the church, Joyce was the compassionate and friendly face assisting many in need with the food bank. She enjoyed time spent at the family cabin in Evart on Lake Lure, enjoyed knitting hats for the underprivileged, and was an avid reader. Joyce raised her family to be faithful and to always believe. Family always came first and she was proud to have surprised her son David at numerous stops throughout the country when the Bridgeport Marching Band was on the road as the national champions (1974-1975). Joyce leaves to cherish her memory, her son David M. (Ellen) Mook and grandchildren, Donald (Heather), Erik (Jenessa), Christopher (Martha), Matthew, Ezra (Danielle), Amber (James), Jedidiah (Danielle), and Kayla (Doug). She was the loving “Grama Curly Top” and will remain alive in the hearts of her great-grandchildren, Saree, Logan, Leander, Violet, and Madison. Joyce is also survived by her sister, Arlene Polzin, sister-in-law, Rosemary Lee, along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and her husband, Joyce was welcomed home to heaven by her son, Matthew H. Mook; brother, Frederick (Hazel) Katzenberger; sisters, Irma (Clarence) Frost, Marian (Elmer) Prueter, and Doris (Edwin “Junior") Gubbins, along with her brother-in-law, Robert Polzin. Joyce’s family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 1:00 PM until the time of her 3:00 PM Tribute Ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. A Celebration of Life reception will immediately follow in The Wesley Room at Skorupski’s. Private interment has been held in Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Good Samaritan Rescue Mission. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at

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  1. I am so glad to know Joyce and think of her as my own grandma. I am really glad that the kids both got to know her as well. We love you guys.

  2. Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dear mother. We are so sorry about your loss.

    Although we did not know her, we want you to know that we are thinking about you in your bereavement.

    With deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    From all of us at Inc

  3. Somewhere in my heart beneath all my grief and pain,
    Is a smile I still wear at the sound of your dear name.
    The precious word is ‘MOTHER’, she was my world you see,
    But now my heart is breaking cause she’s no longer here with me.
    God chose her for His angel to watch me from above,
    To guide me and advise me and know that I’m still loved.
    The day she had to leave me when her life on earth was through,
    God had better plans for her, for this, I surely knew.
    When I think of her kind heart and all those loving years,
    My memories surround me and I can’t hold back the tears.
    She truly was my best friend, someone I could confide in,
    She always had a tender touch and a warm and gentle grin.
    I want to thank you Mother for teaching me so well,
    And though the time has come that I must bid you this farewell.
    I’ll remember all you’ve taught me and make you proud you’ll see.
    Thank you my Dear Mother for all the love you showed me.
    Although you’ve left this earth and now you’ve taken flight,
    I know that you are here with me each morning, noon and night.

  4. Dave and Ellen,

    I am so sorry to learn of your loss. After reading about your mom, I know it is a big loss. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting her, it looks as though she was my kind of gal! And I know for a fact that her great qualities live on through you. What a gift you and Ellen must have been to her. My heart, tears and love are with you and your family not only now but forever. Hugs from Arizona/Florida.

  5. Grandma(Duck),
    The moment that you died my heart was torn in two, one side filled with heartache, the other died with you. I often lie awake at night, when the world is fast asleep, and take a walk down memory lane, with tears upon my cheeks. Remembering you is easy, I do it every day, but missing you is heartache that never goes away. I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain. Until the joyous day arrives, that we will meet again.
    Love always and forever,
    Your Bambi

  6. Mook family, So sorry for your loss. Your Mother was such a sweet, caring lady and a wonderful friend and neighbor to my Mother. She will be dearly missed.

  7. David I’m so sorry to hear about your mom are prayers are with you and your family
    Mike and sue marshall

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