Josephine Joan Joyce 1940 – 2012

Nov 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Joyce Obituaries

Josephine Joan Joyce of Highland Mills died peacefully after a long and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, surrounded by her family at her home.

Born in Brooklyn on Jan. 6, 1940, she was 72 years old. She was the daughter of Peter Bologna and Antoinette Bologna, both of Brooklyn. Peter Bologna was born in Castellammare, Scilia, where she visited often.

She attended New Utrecht High School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Brooklyn College with honors.

Josephine was a longtime resident of Highland Mills, where she taught at Central Valley Elementary school for 34 years. As a teacher she was greatly admired and respected by her students and parent for her devotion as a teacher, even receiving appreciation from them after her retirement.

Josephine was an avid traveler, traveling extensively throughout Europe, including Paris, one of her favorite cities, wintering in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, and the riding through the ‘Wild West’ in the Grand Tetons on horseback for seven days straight and proclaiming herself to be an official cowgirl.

Josephine is survived by her loving and devoted husband Jack. Jo and Jack fell in love at first sight and were married within six months. Their love lasted more than 50 years and above all, family was the most important part of their lives.

She is also survived by her five children and 12 adoring grandchildren: Jack Joyce of Clifton Park, Stephen Joyce of Royersford, Pa., Karen Joyce of Poughquag, Michael Joyce of Mechanicsville, Va., and Diane Joyce of Jamestown, N.C. They all loved to share Sunday afternoon spaghetti dinners together.

She also is survived by her three brothers, Joseph, Peter and Henry Bologna.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, at St. Patrick’s Church, 26 Hunter St., Highland Mills.

Funeral arrangements have been made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home. For more information, call 845-782-8185 or visit online at

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