ANDOVER – Patricia A. Joyce, 79, passed away Wednesday (June 22, 2016) at Highland Park Nursing Home in Wellsville, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Joyce was born on Aug. 8, 1936 in Andover to Edward J. and Sarah L. (O’Dell) Padden. She was a 1956 graduate of Andover Central School. On May 16, 1959 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover, she married John E. “Jack” Joyce, who predeceased her on Aug. 26, 2009.
Patricia devoted her life to the care of her husband and the raising of their children. After the children graduated and left the home, she worked at Sackett’s Grocery Store for 11 years until the store closed in 1991.
Pat is survived by her children, Edward (Doreen) Joyce of Paris, Ky., Karen (Scott) Steffen of Cottonwood, Ariz., Paul (Vicky) Joyce of Canandaigua, and John “Stub” (Kathy) Joyce and Mark Joyce, both of Andover; two sisters, Teresa (Art) Heinemann of Okla. and Ruth (Bill) Culbert of Scio; and two brothers, Jim Padden and Patrick (Marlene) Padden of Wellsville.
Additionally, she is survived by ten grandchildren, Devin Joyce, Tristan Joyce, Robert Steffen, Erin Steffen, Delaney Joyce, Eoin Joyce, Dustin Joyce, Alexandra Joyce, Travis Joyce and Aiden Granger; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Ed Padden, Jack Padden, Gerald Padden and infant Louis Padden; and two sisters, Mary Hahn and Sararita Johnson.
Pat found enjoyment in working her garden, watching the hummingbirds at the feeders and taking in the sights and sounds of nature around her. She liked to read, play card games and cook. Her baked beans were legendary in the family as nobody could make them at good as her. And speaking of family, Gramma Pat loved the times spent with her grandchildren.In her younger days, she was a Cub Scout leader and, along with her family, they belonged to the “Green Dot Snowmobile Club”. Some of her children’s favorite memories were the weekends spent snowmobiling at the “busses”. Another favorite pastime of Pat’s was going to the Windmill Flea Market with her dear friend, Bev Carson. Additionally, she was a longtime member of Blessed Sacrament Church.
There will be a time of visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Andover. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.
Pat’s family wishes to thank all the wonderful staff at Manor Hills Assisted Living Facility that provided excellent care for their mom during her stay. Memorial contributions in Pat’s name can be made to Manor Hills Assisted Living Facility, 4192 Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY 14895.