Hugh “Clem” Joyce

Dec 16th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Hugh “Clem” Joyce, 91, of Belleville, Ill., died Friday afternoon, Dec. 16, 2011, while recuperating at Rosewood Care Center, Swansea, Ill.

Clem was born on March 14, 1920, in Dravosberg, Pa., to Edward and Marie Joyce. He was the fifth of six children and the last surviving member of his immediate family. Clem was raised in Wilmington, Del., and graduated from Salesianum High School in 1938. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1941 and was stationed stateside at various bases around the country. While stationed at Scott Field Air Base, he met his future wife, Rita Bauer of Belleville, Ill., on a blind date. Clem was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant in 1945.

Clem and Rita were married June 11, 1946, in Belleville, Ill. Together they had five children. They celebrated a milestone this year…their 65th wedding anniversary. Clem worked numerous jobs at one time so Rita could stay home with their children. He retired as a machinist from Marsh Stencil in 1984 after 20 years of service.

Clem was a member of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., where he was very involved in parish activities. He was a member of the Holy Name Society, an usher, a server at Mass, and a very proud 25-year member of the St. Luke’s Soup Kitchen. Clem also served as a volunteer for the Belleville Diocesan Ministry to the Sick & Aged. He was a lifetime member of Catholic War Veterans Post 370, which was very close to his heart.

Some of life’s finer things which Clem enjoyed were relaxing with a jug of beer from the corner tavern, smoking his cigars, woodworking, puttering in his shop, and rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2008, Clem and his wife moved to Charles Gardens in Fairview Heights, Ill., after living in their big old house for 57 years. What a WONDERFUL life Clem had!

Clem was preceded in death by his son, Richard “Dick” Joyce, who died on July 3, 2010; his parents, Edward and Marie, nee Ryan, Joyce; a sister, Emma (Frances) Carney; four brothers, Edward (Mart) Joyce, William Joyce, Joseph Joyce, and James (Kay) Joyce; a son-in-law, Thomas Healey; and two nieces, Patricia Joyce and Jerre Carney Burke.

Surviving are his wife, Rita, nee Bauer, Joyce; three sons and a daughter, Steve (Barb) Joyce of Gillespie, Ill., Jack (Vickie) Joyce of Belleville, Ill., Susan (Dennis) Koesterer of Smithton, Ill., and Bob (Michelle) Joyce of Wadsworth, Ohio; 12 grandchildren, Sean (Mona) Joyce, Scott Joyce, Kara (Michael) Hayes, Kurt (Kristy) Joyce, Kyle (Sandy) Joyce, Kory (Wendy) Joyce, Christopher Joyce, Tim Koesterer, Kelsey Koesterer, Richard Joyce, Michael Joyce, and Sarah Weeks; eight great-grandchildren, Hayden, Carson, Keaton, Elizabeth, Emily, Mikala, Addie, and Landon; a sister-in-law, Margaret Joyce of New York; his godson, Joel Hallbauer of Belleville, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belleville Diocesan Ministry to the Sick & Aged. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: A celebration of Clem’s life will include visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, Ill. A Catholic War Veterans ritual will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, from the funeral home for an 11:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Belleville, Ill., with Father Eugene Neff officiating. Burial will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery, Shiloh, Ill.


Published in Belleville News-Democrat on December 18, 2011

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