Joyce Funmaker

     Joyce Irene Funmaker, 66, of Black River Falls passed away May 29, 2022. She was born Aug. 16, 1955, in Black River Falls to Irene Whitegull and Henry Rave. 

     She attended Black River Falls High School. Over the years, she supported her family working in a variety of jobs, including for Zenith TV Corporation in Sioux City IA, Iowa Beef Processors and Ho-Chunk Head Start. She was a lifelong member of the Native American Church and could be found helping others in the community by cooking meals and supporting families whose loved ones had passed. 

     Joyce excelled at all Ho-Chunk arts and crafts, including, basket-making, beadwork and sewing. She enjoyed hunting, bingo, and of course, she was a Green Bay Packer fan. As a young girl, she danced Ho-Chunk applique and enjoyed riding horses. As an elder, the thing she enjoyed most were her children and grandchildren, especially her great-grandson Kingston.

     She is survived by her children, Courtney, Amy, Bear and Skylar Funmaker; brothers Roland Rave, Viretta Syckman and Francis Rave Sr.; and grandchildren Allyson Funmaker, Nathaniel McKee, Chenille Funmaker-Rosario, Tristan Rosario, Malena McKee, Natalya Cleveland, Morgan Cleveland, Isaiah Rave, Jarvis Funmaker, Tristan Funmaker and Malachi Funmaker; and great-grandson Kingston Ramsey Pfaff. 

     She is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Irene Rave; brother Gayland Rave; sisters Pat Whiteman, Justine Archer, Gail Rave; brother Theodore Rave; children Ramsey and Lena Funmaker; and granddaughter McKayla McKee. 

     Funeral services were held at 12 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at District One Community Center with Shannon Rave officiating. Burial followed at Decorah Cemetery.  Friends and family were invited for visitation from 10 a.m. unit the time of service at the Community Center on Wednesday. 

     The Buswell Funeral Home of Black River Falls assisted the family with arrangements. 

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