Dorothy Joy Zmolek, 83, of Elroy, Wis., died Oct. 9, 2013, at her home.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Elroy. The Rev. Richard Dickman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in Elroy. Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Picha Funeral Home in Elroy and at the church from 10 a.m. until service time Monday. Memorials may be given to a cancer fund of your choosing in memory of Joy. Online condolences may be left at
Dorothy Joy Zmolek, daughter of Merle (Parks) and Don Fulton, was born Feb. 28, 1930, in Jewell County, Kan.
Her parents died when she was young, and Joy and her sisters and brother were raised by adoptive parents Tom and Gertrude Mullin in Creston.
On Jan. 3, 1953, Joy married Alfred Zmolek in Creston.
The family moved to Elroy, Wis., in 1972.
In addition to her work at home raising their family, Joy was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
Joy is survived by her husband Alfred; children, Deborah (Roland) Schultz of Wonewoc, Wis., David (Penny) Zmolek of Elroy, Wis., Julie (Craig) Ostrem of Viroqua, Wis., James (Afra) Zmolek of Grand Prairie, Texas, Kevin Zmolek of Shorewood, Wis., and Bruce Zmolek (Michele Clark) of Holmen, Wis.; grandchildren, Sarah Schultz, Benjamin (Rebecca) Schultz, Jennifer (Joel) Shirek, Kalli, Emma and Dalton Zmolek, Thomas, Joshua and Haley Ostrem and Jad, Austin and Aaron Zmolek; great-grandsons, Caleb and Christian Shirek; brother Gary (Alice) Parks and sister Sally Egly.
In addition to her birth parents, Joy was preceded in death by her adoptive parents, infant daughter Margaret Ann, sister Shirley Miller, brother Don Mullin and brother-in-law Darrel Egly.