Joyce Divine (Hollenberger)
(1936 - 2011)

Joyce Divine (Hollenberger)

Wisconsin, United States of America
February 17, 1936

California, United States of America
October 12, 2011

Family, Geniology, Travel, Cooking, Knitting, Hosting parties and big family gatherings, Little League, PTA, etc.....
Funeral services will be held at the SALEM UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Eastman, Wis. on Friday, October 21, 2011 at 12 noon with Pastor Lynn Schreck officiating. Burial will follow in the National Cemetery in Eastman.

Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Lunch will be served in the Church hall immediately following the services.

Join us in celebrating Joyce's life. Please "light a candle" and "sign the guest book" to share your memories of Joyce with Jerry. We will be making a remembrance book for him.

A Memorial Service and life celebration was held on Saturday, October 15, 2011 for Joyce in Fremont. The service was held at Noon at:

Crossroads Church
41386 Fremont Boulevard
Fremont, CA

A lunch reception to celebrate Joyce's life with friends and family was held at the Sconza residence.

Joyce passed peacefully from this life the evening of October 12th after a gradual decline in health. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family during the last days of her life. Joyce was born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and spent the first years of her life in Wisconsin and Michigan and moved to California in 1946. On June 9, 1956, she married Homer Leroy "Jerry" Divine in Sparks, Nevada. Joyce lived life to the fullest and made an impact wherever she went. She was a natural born leader and organized many events in their Fremont community. She was active in the PTA for many years and "made a difference" in her community. When she saw something that needed to be done, she was a woman of action and didn't wait for someone else to act. She and Jerry were also very active in Little League baseball. This became an integral part of their life and they made lifelong friends through this organization. This community of parents formed such a strong bond that they became a second family, continuing to get together for regular dinner dates for 40+ years. In 1999, they retired to Valley Springs and built Joyce's dream home on 5 beautiful acres where she lived the remainder of her life.

One of Joyces' passions was her family heritage. She devoted thousands of hours researching her family tree. This research took her to many places around the world such as Germany, England, Utah and Wisconsin.

Joyce is survived by her husband Jerry, her son Dennis and daughter-in-law Shelly; three grandchildren: Kendall, Rachelle and Cody Divine; and three great grandchildren: Arianna, Lilly and Faith. She was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Gladys Hollenberger, her sister Sharon, and her grand-daughter Amanda.

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Guest Book (27 entries)
Auntie Joyce~
So many things come to mind when I think of you. Loving, caring, honest, giving, nurturing, devoted, supportive, understanding, strong... The list is far too long to fit on this page. I've had a hard time finding the words I'd like to share on this memorial. Lots of nights laying awake and days driving pointlessly. I know the words still don't sound right on paper but I also know you've heard them perfectly. You are the heart of this wonderful family that I married into and you always will be. Every birthday, every holiday, every family gathering you will be there, in the hearts of us all. I'll miss your kind words, easy laugh, and warming presence. I'll miss seeing my kids light up when they get your holiday card in the mail. No matter how small the holiday, you always sent a card with a little something extra tucked inside. The kids loved it and so did I. I wish I expressed this more when I had the chance. You are a very special person. I am thankful to have known you. You have left a beautiful mark on my heart and in my family that I am grateful for.
With a heavy heart,
Cyndee Strope (Niece by marriage)
November 20th, 2011
Joyce was the love of my life the glue that held our family together,a true friend and would do all she could to help others loved to go to and have parties and wanted to plan every thing. Joyce loved her family without reservation she had put on our tombstone Divine family forever, Joyce loved to cook and host family and holidays dinners always to much food, loved to travel and see everything we could. She will be missed by all but mostly by family, I will miss her so much she was the love of my life
Jerry Divine (Husband)
October 24th, 2011
When I was young and growing up on the farm near Eastman, we always looked forward to Albert and Gladys, Joyce and Jerry and Sharon and Marvin coming to visit from California. Joyce had her Dad's lively personality, great smile and was a joy to be around. I know my mother, Phyllis and the my others sisters had a great time visiting Joyce and Jerry in California. Joyce was always interested in her family heritage and I enjoyed hearing of her tireless search for connections to her ancestors.
Joyce will always be a loved member of the family and we will keep her memory in our hearts.
Dennis and Penny Lenzendorf (Cousin on Kramer side)
October 23rd, 2011
Hi Jerry, Dennis & Families
You have our Deepest Sympathy!! Joyce was a Great Lady and will be missed very much!It's very hard losing someone who has been a big part of you life!!Joyce suffered for a long time, now she is at peace!!
Being Cousins, we have many memories from way back in the years, when Albert, Gladys, Joyce & Sharon would come back from California to Wisconsin for a visit! We were always invited to the Kramers Home in Eastman, WI, for a get together--there was always lots of people and plenty of food--always Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup or Casserole!! As I'm remembering those times I can hear Mrs. Kramers laugh!( She was a very nice Lady also )!
It will be different when we have a cousin's get together without Joyce!! She will be missed but-- Forever In Our Hearts!!
Love---Cousins Irma & Elaine
Irma & Elaine Atkinson & Hollenberger (Cousins)
October 19th, 2011
I wish I had been to California to visit more. Joyce was very a very positive, happy person who will be missed.

Jerry you have my sincere sympathy.
Mark Hollenberger (Cousin)
October 18th, 2011
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"I'm very sorry for your loss Jerry. Joyce had the quality of making me smile everytime I heard her speak (sometimes from the other room) or when I saw her. She always had a smile for me and I'll remember that forever."
Tommy Geren
November 1st, 2011
"what a wonder full person & friend all will miss her , God need her now I belive one day at a time jerry your friends Joan/Bruce"
Joan Doughty
October 29th, 2011
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jerry and family. Joyce will be missed by so many that loved her dearly. Lori Kossman and family, October 26, 2011"
Lori Kossman
October 26th, 2011
"We first met Joyce and Jerry when Andy and Jen started dating. The night before Andy and Jen's wedding was when Joyce told us she knew Jen was the one when she first met her in MA. She didn't share that info with us!"
Rebecca Partridge
October 26th, 2011
"Jerry, I will miss Joyce and her wonderful spirit. She loved life and kept alot of us laughing. I hope she knew how much we all loved her."
Phyllis Rodriguez
October 24th, 2011
"Jerry, Dennis & Families We are saddened in the lost of Joyce!! We have many fond memories of the gathering we attended when you visited Wisconsin, also when Joyce & Sharon were small and visited!! Irma & Elaine"
Irma & Elaine Atkinson & Hollenberger
October 19th, 2011
"Joyce came into my life when I met her son Dennis.She loved having her 4 grand-children every summer,which they loved more than anything else.Joyce was like a mother to me.She will be truly missed but never forgotten.All that knew her, were blessed."
Shelley Divine
October 18th, 2011
"What a pleasure it was sharing company with Joyce! Luann and I have terrific memories of our visits with you both. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Joyce will always be in our hearts."
Rod Hollenberger
October 18th, 2011
"John and I have fond memories of the times we visited you and Joyce, both in Fremont and at Valley Springs. Joyce was such a great hostess. Our prayers are with you at this time. John and Jeanette Hollenberger"
Jeanette Hollenberger
October 18th, 2011
"We love Joyce! What a bright spirit she brought to our court in Fremont! We have so many wonderful memories of those days. We will miss her great smile and laugh and we are grateful that she touched our lives in such a special way!"
Tom & Vicki Bacciocco
October 15th, 2011


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