Joyce M. Pizzi
1945 - 2021
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Joyce M. Pizzi

Northvale - Joyce M. Pizzi (nee Malinowski), 75, of Naples, FL, formerly of Northvale, NJ, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021. Devoted wife of Anthony R. Pizzi. Loving mother of Gregg and husband Edward of Miami, FL, Michael and wife Pamela of Northvale and Robert and wife Michelle of River Vale, NJ. Proud "Mamoo" of four grandchildren, Jessica, Anthony, Tyler and Jaclyn. Cherished sister of Denise Hecht and husband Steven and the late Arlene Bremson. Also survived by her mother-in-law Rosalie A. Pizzi and many other loving family members.

A funeral director with a degree in pastoral counseling, Joyce, along with her husband, Anthony, owned and operated Pizzi Funeral Home for 40 years before retiring to Naples. She took pride in her children, grandchildren, profession, and community and was known and loved by many for her compassion and selfless service in comforting those in grief.

Joyce was born in Hackensack, NJ, on May 16, 1945 to Mary (Gianquinto) and Joseph Malinowksi and grew up in Lodi. She attended Katherine Gibbs School and subsequently graduated from the American Academy MacAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City (Magna Cum Laude) where she also taught the course: 'Death, Dying & Bereavement.'

Joyce graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC) with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Magna Cum Laude) and went on to receive her Master of Science in Family Counseling, completing her thesis on the 'Value Of The Funeral Ritual.' In 2016, Joyce was inducted into the STAC Alumni Hall of Fame.

Joyce was a member of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Northern Valley Rotary Club, Woman's Club of Norwood/Northvale, Romanesque Lodge, and Sons & Daughters of Italy. She belonged to Rockland Country Club in New York and Vineyards Country Club in Florida.

Loyal and giving to a fault, and always ready to listen or lend a helping hand, Joyce will be deeply missed by her family and fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Those who feel comfortable are invited to pay their respects in person on Sunday, February 28, 2021 from 2-5 PM at Pizzi Funeral Home, 120 Paris Ave, Northvale (201-767-3050). A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, March 1, 2021 at St. Anthony's RC Church, Northvale with interment to follow at Rockland Cemetery, Sparkill, NY.

A livestream of the funeral mass can be viewed through the funeral home website.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Joyce's memory to Spectrum for Living, www.spectrumforliving.org, would be greatly appreciated.

www.pizzifuneralhome.com




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Published in The Journal News from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2021.
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March 1, 2021
My heart ❤ was deeply saddened when I heard the devastating news
Joyce helped me through a most difficult time in such a personal and caring way when I lost my husband, as all of you treated me like family.
May the kindness she showed to so many and the joy she exuded bring you special comfort!
Kathy Bertin
Acquaintance
March 1, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Nick& Linda Mingone
Neighbor
February 28, 2021
Dear Mike, and all those who loved your mom so dearly, we want to extend our sincerest sympathy to you. Although we did not have the opportunity to meet her personally, it is obvious from what we are hearing she was a wonderful mom and gracious, caring person. She and your family are in our prayers.
Carl and Mary Dornbush
Carl and Mary Dornbush
February 27, 2021
We have been friends for over 25 years. Joyce was much more than a friend. The same age, we shared all of our past memories. We shared similar upbringing from immigrant heritage. We shared laughter and tears together (and lots of wine). We bonded as sisters. She had all of the degrees in psychology but many times needed to find a friends advice and support to talk it through. She was always there to listen, and you always knew her love and support. Never critical, never judgemental, always supportive, If we didn’t talk for a few weeks, she would call and leave a message “just checking in”. I will miss getting that message. I will miss her so very much. Rest in peace my dear friend.
THERESA SIRACUSANO
Friend
February 25, 2021
Michael My condolences to you and your family. So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. She had such a immense compassion. My thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless
Stephanie Casella
Neighbor
February 24, 2021
MIKE our condolences to you and the family We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers God Bless You
FRANCES & CHARLES MONCALIERI
Friend
February 23, 2021
Sending prayers for comfort and strength, Mike and Rob. ❤❤

I’m so sorry for your loss.
Cathy Coniglio
Friend
February 23, 2021
Tony and Family, Larry and I wish to offer you our heart felt sympathy at the loss of your Joyce. She was such a lovely person and so warm. May your many loving memories help you all through this difficult time.
Larry and Maureen Cronin
Friend
February 23, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Lawrence and Maureen Cronin
Friend
February 23, 2021
Gregg, my condolences to you and your family. It is never easy to lose a family member and I went through it myself several years ago. My thoughts and prayers are with you during these times. Know that she will always be with you. God Bless.
Terry McManus
Classmate
February 23, 2021
Michael, my condolences to you and your family. I remember Joyce as a very gracious lady, ready to offer comfort during our family’s losses. May God grant her peace
Josie Cracolici Giovinazzo
Friend
February 22, 2021
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Gustavo Rojas
February 22, 2021
I had the joy and honor of meeting Joyce for just one day, and being totally admired by the human quality and the goodness, that emanated from her eyes and her smile and I knew from that day, that I had known the sweetness, goodness and sense of humor in the same person, and that was the joy of meeting Joyce.
May God bless her forever and give all her love ones strength and solace.
Gustavo Rojas
Friend
February 22, 2021
I had the joy and honor of meeting Joyce for just one day, and being totally admired by the human quality and the goodness, that emanated from her eyes and her smile and I knew from that day, that I had known the sweetness, goodness and sense of humor in the same person, and that was the joy of meeting Joyce.
May God bless her forever and give all her love ones strength and solace.
Gustavo Rojas
Friend
February 22, 2021
Mike and I offer condolences on the passing of your mom. Our best,

Carolann Marino
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