Surrounded by her loving family, Joy Elaine Pannier peacefully entered her Heavenly Father’s Home on Friday, June 14, 2013, due to injuries from a car accident.

Joy was born Nov. 22, 1925 in Alliance, Nebraska, daughter of the late Rev. Elmer and Gertrude (Abel) Zanow. She was baptized by her father and spent many wonderful hours helping her Mom and Dad with church duties.

She moved with her parents to Wauwatosa, and spent her elementary years there. When her father accepted a call to St. John’s, the family moved to New Fane. After graduating from Kewaskum High School in 1942, she worked a few years at Amity in West Bend.

In 1945, she married the love of her life, Victor and became a dairy farmer’s wife. She remained the church organist at St. John’s New Fane for five more years.

Joy and Vic were blessed with seven children to fill their lives with joy, laughter and love. They celebrated 52 years of marriage before Vic preceded her in death in 1997.

She fulfilled her dream and opened her own “Pannier’s Crafty Old Shed”. This brought her many more wonderful friendships. Joy and Vic opened their home to all. They also traveled extensively through the states and abroad, including trips to Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii.

Joy was very active in her church, St. John, Sherman Center, serving as the church secretary, teaching Sunday school, the Ladies Guild, Ladies Aid, choir and many committees she and Vic could serve their dear Savior.

Joy was also a 4-H leader for many years and was a great help to Vic while he was the Town of Sherman’s Treasurer. Joy also worked many years at Blanke’s Store and Adell Co-op.

Other joys in her life, besides attending many children and grandchildren’s events, were bird watching, sewing, quilting, decorating her home, caring for others with visits, phone calls or greeting cards. Always in awe of God’s creations, she never ceased to learn more.

She is survived by seven children: Judith (Vincent) Strack, Cascade; Larry Pannier, Sacramento, CA; Linda (Steve) Teunissen, Mesa, AZ; Sue (Howard) Gensch, Sheboygan; Christi (Charles) Crowe, Oostburg; Allen (Annette) Pannier, De Pere; Paul (Chris) Pannier, Random Lake; and sister, Grace Ebersold Ulbricht of York, SC.

Survivors include 14 grandchildren: Sonja Strack, Chad (Tara) Strack, Quintin Strack, Sarah (Lawrence) Anderson; Aaron (Catherine) Pannier; Todd (Traci) Vorpahl, Toby (Karen) Vorpahl; Corey (Kristie) Gensch, Rachel (Tim) Buda; Brian Crowe; Adam Pannier, Eric Pannier, Luke Pannier; Jacob Pannier; five step grandchildren: Angel and Garett Teunissen; Dominic and Justin Fay, Zachary Rost; a foster granddaughter, Sherri (Dennis) Nietering, and 17 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Joy was preceded in death by her husband, Victor; sister, Lois Matter; brother, Daniel Zanow and grandson, Elijah Pannier.

Her loving Christian influence and positive attitude provided a role for her children and grandchildren. JOY lived her name to the end: Jesus first, Others second, and then Yourself.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, at St. John Lutheran Church in Sherman Center with the Rev. Randal Schoemann officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Friends may call on Friday, June 21, at the Schneider Funeral Home in Plymouth from 4 to 7 p.m. and again Saturday at church from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

A memorial fund has been established in Joy’s name. Online condolences may be sent through

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