Eleanor D. Joyce 1929 – 2012

Sep 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Eleanor D. Joyce, of Trevose, Pa., died suddenly on Sept. 7, 2012 at Temple University Hospital, following complications of heart surgery. She was 83.

Eleanor was born in Philadelphia in 1929. As a child, her family moved to the Camden, N.J. area. She graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1946, and was a 1950 graduate of Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She enjoyed a long and varied career as a registered nurse at Norristown State Hospital, Holy Redeemer Hospital in Meadowbrook, and lastly at Mayo Nursing and Convalescent Center in Somerton, where she was the night shift nursing supervisor for over 25 years. She retired in 1995.

In 1954, she married John J. Joyce, and the newlyweds moved to Trevose the following year. Eleanor was the mother of eight children: Eleanor Cramer (Michael) of Rockville Centre, N.Y.; Patricia Larrisey (Robert) of Trevose; John J. Joyce, Jr. (Cecilia) of Southampton; Carolyn Freitag (John) of Trevose; Nancy Joyce of Trevose; Martin J. Joyce of Trevose; Colleen Hays (Patrick) of Trevose; and Maureen Phelan (Neil) of Mont Clare.

Eleanor’s life was driven by an unwavering dedication to her children, her family, and her church. A woman of many talents, she was a gifted seamstress and a classically trained vocalist. She began her singing career at age 10 as a cantor at funeral Masses. She was a soloist in the choir of Assumption B.V.M. Church in Feasterville, and often lent her gift to other area parishes. For over 50 years, she blessed countless wedding and funeral Masses with her beautiful and unmatched voice.

These acts of service at Assumption B.V.M. figured prominently in Eleanor’s life. When her children were young, she was a cheerleading coach for Assumption B.V.M. School, a den mother for the Boy Scouts, and a Girl Scout leader. In addition to her membership in the choir, she was active in the Legion of Mary and the Fabulous 55 Plus Club. Over the years, she participated in many church committees and fundraising events, and performed at the parish’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Her accomplished life resulted in a vast and widespread network of family and friends, by whom she will be greatly missed. She is preceded in death by her husband, John, who died in 1990, and by her brother, Edward Dimter. In addition to her eight children, she is survived by her sister, Catherine Harbinson of Hollywood, Fla., and her brother, Joseph Dimter of Myrtle Beach, S.C. She is also survived by 21 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the celebration of her life on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at the James O. Bradley Funeral Home, 260 Bellevue Ave., Penndel, Pa. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at Assumption B.V.M. Church, 1900 Meadowbrook Road, Feasterville, Pa. Interment will immediately follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Bensalem.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory can be made to the Trevose Fire Company, 4900 Street Road, Trevose, Pa.

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