Nancy C. Joyce, 81, of Cedar Grove, N.J., formerly of Verona, N.J., passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral services are Friday at 10 a.m. from Shook’s Cedar Grove Funeral Home, 486 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, N.J. 07009. The Funeral Mass is at 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Siena R.C. Church in Cedar Grove. Visiting hours are Thursday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.shookscedargrove.com.
Nancy was born in Newark, N.J., and grew up in Verona, N.J., before settling in Cedar Grove, N.J., in 1961. She graduated from Mount Saint Dominic High School, then went on to St. Joseph’s Nursing School, Paterson, N.J., where she began her nursing career as an R.N. She worked at Overbrook Hospital in Verona, N.J.; Kessler Institute in West Orange, N.J. and finally with Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, N.J., prior to retirement in 1993.
Nancy was devoted to her family and loved spending time at the Shore and with her grandchildren. She was an active supporter alongside her husband within the Irish-American community and associated organizations, including a proud member of the Women of Irish Heritage and the Essex County Chapter, in West Orange, N.J.
Nancy was the beloved wife of almost 60 years to the late John “Jack” Joyce (2011). She was the devoted mother of Michael Joyce and his wife, Adeline; Kathleen Desch and her husband, John; William Joyce and his wife, Jean; Kevin Joyce and his wife, Kristi, and Maureen Raff and her husband, Larry; cherished grandmother of Mark and Christina, Christopher, Nikki, Bridget, William Jr., Shannon, Liam, Ally, Karly, Jack, Patrick, Matthew, and Riley; loving great-grandmother of Samuel and Isaac and dear sister of Herbert and Robert Nighland and also the late Mary Kitts, Jack Nighland, William Nighland and also Patty Lou DeNicola. Donations can be made in her memory to Alzheimer’s Association , Greater New Jersey Chapter, 400 Morris Ave., Suite 251, Denville, N.J. 07834.