Patricia Joyce 1925 – 2015

Jan 16th, 2015 | By | Category: Joyce Obituaries
Patricia Joyce ‘A doting and utterly selfless matriarch’ who was raised and educated in Ireland and loved a hot cup of tea Patricia Joyce passed away quietly and without much fuss, as was her wont, on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at the age of 89. Patsy, or as she was more commonly known, Nana, was born in New York City on June 3, 1925, to James and Katherine (Gunnigle) Gilroy. The second of five, Pat grew up in Grange, County Sligo, Ireland. She was educated in Ireland at Ursuline Convent in Sligo and at Gregg College in Dublin, before returning to New York with her older sister, Mary, in 1947. She worked for Standard Brands, where she met Edward Joyce, a World War II Navy veteran. They married and eventually moved to Elizabeth, N.J., where they raised their family, and where Pat taught second and third grade at St. Genevieve School. After Elizabeth, Pat and Eddie lived for several years in Mahwah, N.J., and Syosset, N.Y., as a result of Eddie’s job, and then, in 1993, moved to Chatham, N.J. Pat was predeceased by her husband, Eddie, in 1994; all four of her siblings, and recently by two of her cherished children, Jim and Sheila. In life, Patsy was completely devoted to God and Family. She attended daily Mass for as long as her health permitted, most frequently at her beloved Shrine of St. Joseph. She drew solace from her faith and her children, grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, great-grandchild, and friends close enough to call family, all of whom cherished her. Known for her lead foot and her sharp intellect, she was a doting and utterly selfless matriarch, happiest when surrounded by those she loved, or when praying the Rosary. Her only vices were the occasional hot dog, a rare episode of “Judge Judy,” or “America’s Most Wanted,” and marmalade. She was kind, but even more importantly, she was supportive, encouraging, altruistic, funny, and loving. She, like any good Irish woman, loved a hot cup of tea. Patsy is remembered in her legacy: her children, Kathleen, Marian, Jim, and Sheila; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and her adored daughter-in-law and sons-in-law, Cindy Parsons, Dave Shields, Bob Gillis, and Don Judd. She was a much-beloved aunt to nieces and nephews both here and across the pond, and her presence will be sorely missed at many a Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and wedding to come. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam (Gaelic) — May her spirit be at the right side of God. In lieu of flowers, donations to The Shrine of St. Joseph in Stirling, N.J., would be appreciated.

Published in Star-Ledger on Jan. 25, 2015– See more at:

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