Joyce (Smith) Picard, loving and devoted mom, passed away peacefully Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Manchester Memorial Hospital. Her husband, Hank (Henri), was by her side.
Born on Nov. 10, 1934, Joyce was raised in Torrington, and was the daughter of Grace and Clifford Smith. She graduated from Torrington High School, Class of 1952, and attended the University of Connecticut. She was employed by the engineering department of Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, where she met her husband, Henri Picard. They were married May 24, 1958, a day prior to his entry into active duty with the United States Air Force. After three years of military service, Joyce and her husband returned to Connecticut and took up residence in South Windsor. Joyce was a member of the St. Peter Episcopal Church, and a volunteer for the
. She enjoyed music, played the piano, loved concerts, crafts, aerobics, puzzles of all kinds, and travel, particularly to Europe and Australia. She maintained seasonal residences in Madison and in The Villages, Fla.
Joyce was predeceased by two sons, Todd and Steven; and is survived by her husband, Henri; and daughter, Deborah Chaniewski, and her husband, Alan Chaniewski, of Marlborough. She leaves her sister, Lois Franz and husband, Sam, of Madison; and her brother, Alan and wife, Terrie, of Torrington; and nine nieces and nephews. Joyce was an extraordinary lady of great kindness, and will be dearly missed by her family.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Episcopal Church, 109 Sand Hill Road, South Windsor. Burial will be private at Wapping Cemetery, South Windsor. Her family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home, 419 Buckland Road, South Windsor.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the
, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.
For online expressions of sympathy please visit us at
Samsel & Carmon Funeral Home
419 Buckland Road
South Windsor, CT 06074-3709
Published in Journal Inquirer from Sept. 24 to Sept. 28, 2013