Joyce Tischhauser

By on December 24, 2008

            Joyce Tischhauser, 75, of Virgil, passed away peacefully at her home Monday morning, Dec. 15, 2008. 

            Though she left this world no more than a stone’s throw from where she was born, Joyce traveled the roads to nearly all 50 states, driving escort vehicles for oversize trucks with transport companies that included local truckers like White Brothers and Keen Trucking.

            Her handle was Lulabelle, and though she was small, Joyce was a force to be reckoned with—and no one “reckoned” to wrong her more than once.

            In spite of all those miles, Joyce was a homemaker at heart and nothing was more precious to her than her family. She raised five sons and one daughter, all of whom learned that no matter where they were or what they had done, their parting words to mom would always be “I love you”; and her parting response would always be, “I love you more.”

            On her last day, it went exactly that way as they gathered around her bed. A Kenny Rogers CD played Christmas songs, and everywhere there were pictures of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

            It all started in the fall of 1949, when Norm Tischhauser came up from southern Illinois to work on the Oliver Anderson farm. It was less than a mile from where Joyce worked as a waitress at her parents’ coffee shop on the corner of Meredith Road and Route 64. One look and Norm was hooked. Before he went back down South for Christmas, Joyce gave Norm a nifty “flip top” lighter. A hot romance followed his return, and on July 22, 1950, they were wed. Joyce was 16, Norm was 18, and some folks were counting the days until a baby was born.

            They had to count about 730 days, however, before Barry was born two years later. Joyce and Norm were young, and life was never easy, but their love lasted a lifetime.   

            Joyce enjoyed life and was a collector of many things from her travels.  Spoons, angel figurines, Coke bottles and other collectibles followed her home from the road. She was not only a fan of Kenny Rogers, but also Toby Keith and Larry the Cable Guy. A five-foot cutout of Dog the Bounty Hunter adorned her living room, and she was very proud of a photograph taken with “Dog” when he spoke at Mooseheart a few years ago. A legend in her own time, Joyce will be remembered with love, laughter and a legion of amazing stories that will both amuse and inspire the generations to come. 

            In addition to her husband, Norm, she is survived by six children, Barry (Donna) Tischhauser of Athens, Tenn., Dennis (Shari) Tischhauser of Wasco, Rob (Jackie) Tischhauser of New Albin, Iowa, David (Judy) Tischhauser of Genoa, Ill., Greg Tischhauser of Virgil and Ena Carlson of Yorkville; 18 grandchildren; Barry and Donna’s: Amanda (Brad) Walker and Elizabeth (Mark) Boesen; Denny and Shari’s: Sarah Galpin, Ben Galpin, Emily Tischhauser and Eli Tischhauser; Rob & Jackie’s: David (Gege) Tischhauser, Rebecca (Cody) Brunning and Kevin (Jessi) Tischhauser; David & Judy’s: Chaz Tischhauser, Miles Tischhauser, Wade Tischhauser, Abby Richards and Tyler Richards; Greg’s: Samantha Tischhauser; Ena & Keith’s: Nicole Carlson, Samantha Carlson and Michael McCormac; 11 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Bryce, Devyn, Josyah, Shaelynn, Patrick, Morgan, Madison, Megan, Mark and Maverick, plus one on the way; her husband’s brother, James (Marilyn) Tischhauser of Pocahontas, Ill.; several nieces and nephews, and one special cousin, Linda (Mike) Zitkus of Elburn.

            She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl A. and Chloe (Mills) VanStone; two brothers, Paul and Victor Cunningham; one sister, Marjorie Carls; as well as one son-in-law, Keith Carlson (June 2007).

            Visitation was held Friday, Dec. 19, with funeral service at 7 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home in Elburn. The Rev. James Olson, pastor of Christ Community Church of New Albin, Iowa, officiated. Following cremation, private family committal services will later be held.

            A memorial has been established in Joyce’s name to benefit DeKalb County Hospice, as well as other favorite charities. Memorials checks may be made to the Joyce Tischhauser Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.