Joyce A. Yonushewski
Vernon - Joyce A. Yonushewski, age 87, passed away on Monday, February 22, 2021 at Forest Manor Health Care Center in Blairstown. Born in Paterson to the late Arthur and Jeanne (Kuiken) Davis, Joyce lived in Paterson, Paramus, Haledon and Newfoundland before moving to Sussex County.
Although Joyce was born in Paterson and raised in Paramus, she did not care for life in the city and choose to raise her family in Newfoundland, where she built her first home in 1955. When she was not busy raising her family, she was working as a bank teller at the local bank. During those early years, her social life was centered around the American Legion, where she was involved in many volunteer and leadership positions and formed life long friendships. Her favorite vacation spot was usually any place with a beach, but her preferred destination was Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, where she had a second home and loved to entertain friends. During her retirement years, she moved further north to Wantage and traveled the US and Europe as much as possible. During her final years, she shared a home with her daughter, Lynda and grandson, where she truly enjoyed all the family activity and harvesting her home grown tomatoes at the end of each summer.
She was a member of the Sussex United Methodist Church and the church's choir. Joyce was a also a member of the Red Hat Society, the Sussex Over 50 Club, and the American Legion Post 423 Auxiliary of Oak Ridge, where she was recently recognized for 65 years of membership.
Joyce was predeceased by her first husband John Yonushewski in 1991 and her second husband, Willard J. Shelly in 2004. She is survived by her son, John Yonushewski and his wife Maureen of Denver, Colorado; her daughter, Lynda Griffin of Vernon; her half-brother, James Davis and his wife Becky of Lakewood, Colorado; and three grandchildren, Christopher and Kate Yonushewski and Michael Griffin.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at the Sussex United Methodist Church, 15 Bank Street, Sussex with the Rev. Dan Gepford officiating. Virtual services will be available for anyone who would like to view Joyce's service. The link is https://youtu.be/OXiRrc-tDX4
Private interment in Milton Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. Friends may pay their respects to the family on Monday, March 1, 2021 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank Street (Route 23), Sussex. Due to New Jersey government health restrictions, attendees will be limited and are required to wear face masks at all times and practice proper social distancing. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation in Joyce Yonushewski's memory to the Sussex United Methodist Church, 15 Bank Street, Sussex, NJ 07461 or the Glenwood Pochuck Volunteer Ambulance Corps., P.O. Box 241, Glenwood, NJ 07418. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.pinkelfuneralhome.com