Joyce Thomas
1934 - 2021
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Joyce Thomas, 87, of Mount Bethel, PA passed away Sunday, April 11th at her home, surrounded by loved ones.

Joyce was born in Johnstown, PA on February 3, 1934, a daughter of the late Carlton Edward and Joanna Irene (Walbeck) Roberts.

She was the widow of Blaine M. Thomas, who passed away in 2002. Joyce was a 1952 graduate of Johnstown High School and a 1955 graduate of Conemaugh Hospital School of Nursing in Johnstown, PA. Joyce and Blaine raised their family in Bethlehem, PA, where Joyce worked as a registered nurse at St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill until her retirement in 1996.

Joyce enjoyed spending her time painting and was considered an accomplished artist. She studied with renowned artists Fred Bees, Chet Ryder, and Bernie Tyler. She attended classes at Baum School of Art, The Banana Factory, and Northampton Community College. She had her work admitted to juried shows at Allentown Art Museum, Moravian College, The Banana Factory, and Southern Lehigh Library.  

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem, PA.

Joyce is survived by her children Steve Thomas, husband of Sandra, Lynne Nelson, wife of Don, and Susan Magasich, wife of Mark, a sister Linda McFall, and 7 grandchildren: Timothy Nelson, Carly Nelson, Dean Thomas, Alex Thomas, Leah Thomas, Owen Magasich, and Samuel Magasich. She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter Nancy Thomas, a sister Caryl Croft, and a brother Tom Roberts.

Joyce was the beloved east coast matriarch of the DOJ.

Services are private. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Gaffney Parsons Funeral Home, "Village of Johnsonville" Bangor, PA. Online condolences may be offered at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Melanoma Research Foundation (, 1420 K Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.     

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Published in Morning Call on Apr. 15, 2021.
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Sandy Hess
April 21, 2021
Those of us that had Joyce in a part of our life, where truly blessed.
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Sandy Hess
Sandy Hess
April 20, 2021
My condolences to the entire Thomas family and friends of the Thomas family. I always felt that Joyce Thomas was an outstanding woman. She treated me well and was always interested in what I had to say, what I was doing and supported me in my relationship with her daughter Nancy. She was clearly a good mother and raised a fine family. I was glad to have the opportunity to speak with her a few years ago after not having seen her for many years. It appears that she lived a long and happy life. I am sure that she will be missed by her family and others. Again, my sincere condolences to all. Brian D. Ziegler
BRIAN Ziegler
April 19, 2021
I met Joyce through work, she was my mentor, always generous in sharing her knowledge. We spent much time painting together, lots of wine, and so many laughs! I loved to visit with her in her new home on Lynn and Don's farm. i will miss the redheaded Godess, as I called her. Much love to all of the family.
Cozette Stoltzfus
April 19, 2021
My sincere condolences to the family and close friends. Joyce was a treasure. You were all lucky to have her in your lives.
Lynne M Simoncic
April 19, 2021
I will always remember Joyce for her sweet, calm disposition.
Marilyn Bargel-Jarvis
Niece of cousin Janetta
Marilyn Bargel-Jarvis
April 17, 2021
Sincere condolences to the Thomas family on the loss of their matriarch. Joyce was a terrific person who popped into to my life at various times. I knew her at St. Luke’s as a concerned mother and as a nurse. Then later I met her again at a Bethlehem Palette Club meeting. She was vivacious, charming and funny. Always a joy. She will be missed.
Deb Cunningham Haaf
April 17, 2021
I shall always remember Joyce with a smile.
Dave Mitchell
April 16, 2021
Dear Family of Joyce: Joyce was one of the sweetest and kindest people I know. She opened her home to three other artists to paint with her twice a month. Phyllis Facchiano, JoAnn Creyer and I loved going there! We were very sad to see her move away but glad for her to be with family! She was very humble about her paintings. She did beautiful watercolors but didn’t believe us when we told her how good they were! She was a wonderful friend to the three of us! I treasure the books she gave me when she moved!
Sincere sympathy to the family!
Bernie Tyler
Bernie Tyler
April 16, 2021
Dear Lynn, Susan and Steven

My deepest sympathies for your loss. Your mother was a lovely woman.
Sally Stinner
April 15, 2021
Joyce was a lovely person. We loved sitting together at Thanksgivng as the elders of the group, We always had a
lot to talk about. She was always fun to be with. My thoughts are with you Steve, Lynn, and Sue.

Lillian Frankett
April 15, 2021
Dear Steve, Lynn and Susan, I am so sorry for your loss. When I saw your mother’s picture, I was flooded with fond memories of all the time I spent in your house and yard as we were growing up. You are in my thoughts
Diana Zimpfer, née Stinner
April 15, 2021
I remember Joyce as a lovely person. Her son Steve and our Jenny were about the same age. I have not seen her in many years. Much sympathy to the whole family. Froy Thompson
Froy Thompson
April 15, 2021
Steve, Lynn and Sue,

I was so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.

Eleanore Stinner
April 14, 2021
Steve, Lynnie and Sue, I can't tell you how sorry I am for your loss. Joyce was fabulous - no other way to put it, and her presence in this world will be greatly missed. As will her great laugh. Bruce asked me to pass along his condolences as well, he is deeply saddened.
Lisa Katynski
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