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Joyce Marie (Rappatta) Shults

February 8, 1957 ~ January 28, 2022 (age 64)


Joyce M Shults, age 64, of Highland, passed away Friday, January 28, 2022. She is survived by her son Michael A. Swienconek, daughters Danielle M. Swienconek and Jennifer L. (Mike) Elsherbini, 5 grandchildren: Katelyn, Jacob, Jasmine, Lilah, and Maya, and sister Jo Ann (Christopher) Nauracy. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Wayne Shults, mother Janice M. Rappatta, father Joseph W. Rappatta Jr., and grandchildren Kyle and Joseph.

Visitation will be held at Fagen-Miller Funeral Home, 2828 Highway Ave in Highland, on Thursday, February 3, 2022 from 10 am until 12 pm with burial to follow at Concordia Cemetery in Hammond.

Joyce graduated from Highland High School in 1975. She was a licensed cosmetologist and retired from the City of Hammond.

Joyce never met an animal that she didn’t love. On top of raising many, many abandoned baby squirrels, she raised a racoon that was too attached to humans to ever be able to be released back into the wild, rabbits, and of course cats and dogs, and too many others to name.

She lived for her children and grandchildren and couldn’t wait for their next sleepovers. She loved her family, her friends and they in turn loved her right back.

Rest in peace, you will be sorely missed.

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February 3, 2022

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fagen-Miller Funeral Homes - Highland
2828 Highway Ave
Highland, IN 46322

February 3, 2022

Concordia Cemetery
6551 Calumet Avenue
Hammond, in 46324

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