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Joyce F. Dudeck

Joyce F. Dudeck

Joyce Flossie (Hofmeister) Dudeck, 83, of New Athens, IL, born August 2, 1936 in New Athens, IL, passed Away on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL. She had been a school teacher, school treasurer, church organist for several area churches, choir director, member of St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens and the church women’s guild and Eastern Star. But above all she was a devoted and loving wife, mom, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Louis and Clara (Kammler) Hofmeister and her brother; Robert Hofmeister.

Joyce is survived by her husband; Donald T. Dudeck, whom she married on September 8, 1956 at St. John United Church of Christ, children; Daniel Dudeck of New Athens, Mary (Joe) Haislip of Union, MO, Brent (Carol) Dudeck of New Athens and Amy (Tom) Kohnen of New Athens. Grandchildren; Brandi (Nathan) Schlattweiler, Brittany (Stephen) Rothermich, Kristyna (Jeremy) Higgins, Casey (Kirsten) Jensen, Bailey Dudeck, Theodore Dudeck, Haley Kohnen, Mallory Kohnen and Dawson Kohnen. Great grandchildren; Harrison and Penelope Schlattweiler, Wesley Rothermich, Madilyn and Grayson Higgins and Wyatt Jensen.

Memorials may be made to St. John United Church of Christ or the New Athens Home for the Aged.

Condolences to the family may be expressed online at

Private family visitation and services will be held.

Interment: The public is invited to join the family for committal services at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2020 at Valhalla Gardens Cemetery in Belleville, IL. Due to restrictions in place due to the novel coronavirus pandemic strict adherence to social distancing must be observed.  Guests other than immediate family will be required to stay on the driveway near the gravesite. If desired, once services are over and interment process is complete you will be allowed to go to the gravesite to pay your respects.

Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.

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  1. Philip Legendre says:

    Joyce was one of my English teachers at New Athens Community High School. She was a knowledgeable and caring person. My sympathy to her family.

  2. Paul and Carolyn Pannier says:

    My Simpathies to Don and your whole family on Joyce’s passing. She was a valued and appreciated leader at school admin office and especially in the music department. I remember her tireless work to help so many of us as an accompanyist on our solos each year. Hundreds of students were encouraged by her kind work. Thank you.

  3. Ruth (Kinzinger)Schneider says:

    Don, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I have many wonderful memories of Aunt Joyce and many of them include music. She helped me as I learned to accompany soloists at contest, play organ for church services, and accompany the choir. Her smile and encouragement calmed my nerves and her laugh brightened the day. She was a very talented, intelligent woman and this world dimmed a little when she left. Lots of love to all of you and especially today.

  4. James Marlow says:

    Our deepest sympathies to all of you. Our prayers are with you through this difficult time.

  5. Mike Weaver says:

    Don and family. So sorry for your loss. Joyce was a fine lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Mike and Pam Weaver.

  6. Donald Smith says:

    Dear Mary, Joe & All of Mary’s family and friends.
    My deepest condolences to all of you at this most difficult time in your life.
    May God watch over and be with you through the coming days.

  7. Schanuel/mcbride says:

    So sorry for your lost. She still looks the same as when I was in school. May God Bless you all I know you all will feel hurt and deep loss. Joyce will be watching over you all.

  8. Laurie Esterlein says:

    Mary and your Dad and family,
    So sorry for your loss. You will remember and cherish all the memories you had with your mom, Mary. Sending you hugs and prayers.

  9. Pamela Sinn Hargan says:

    My Dudeck I am so sorry for the loss of your wife. I loved seeing the both of you up at the nursing home together when I woul d visit my Mom. Many blessings to you and your family.

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