Joyce M. Cress

May 23, 1924 - Oct. 22, 2019

Joyce Muriel Cress, 95, passed away at Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home in Phillips on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019. Muriel was born May 23, 1924, to Edna (Madson) Pierrard and Alvin Pierrard in Catawba.

Muriel grew up in Catawba. She graduated from Phillips High School in 1942. Nov. 26, 1945, she married her high school sweetheart Chester Allen Fox. They had three sons, James Allen, and twins Daniel Norman and Donald Alvin Fox. Chester preceded her in death on July 26, 1972. Muriel married Kenneth Cress on Feb. 16, 1974. Kenneth also preceded her in death on May 27, 2009. She was a life-long member of Saint John Lutheran Church of Phillips, was a Life Member of the Frank and Michael Baran VFW Post No. 5778, and a member of the Lane Kreiling American Legion Post No. 122.

Through Muriel's working career, she served as deputy Price County treasurer for 16 years under Margaret Corrigan and 21 years as the Price County treasurer until she retired in 1985. In her free time, she enjoyed camping, playing cards, and travel.

Muriel is survived by one brother, Kenneth (Betty) Pierrard, Lavonia, Michigan; by three sons: James (Pat) Fox of Pontiac, Illinois, Daniel (Pam) Fox of Sheboygan, and Donald (Jan) Fox of Phillips. She also leaves behind two grandsons, five granddaughters, 18 great-grandchildren, eight nephews, and seven nieces. Preceding her in death were her parents; her brother, Dwain; and her sister, Barbara Beisner.

Visitation for family and friends will be held at Saint John Lutheran Church in Phillips from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. to celebrate Muriel's life with Pastor Jim Folz officiating. A luncheon will follow memorial services.

Fraternal rites will be conducted by the Women's Auxiliary of the Frank and Michael Baran VFW Post No 5778 and the Lane Kreiling American Legion Post No. 122. Inurnment will be in the Lakeside Cemetery in Phillips.

A memorial fund has been established in her name. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home for all their loving care and support.

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The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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