Joyce Shiels
Avery-Storti Funeral Home - Wakefield
88 Columbia Street
Wakefield, RI
Joyce (Libera Capalbo) Shiels, with profound grief and sadness we announce the passing of our loving and devoted wife, mother, nana and friend to all whose lives she touched, on July 14, 2021. She was born in South Kingstown, she was the daughter of the late Domenic Capalbo and Lena Guglielmelli Salerno and is preceeded in death by her two siblings Domenic and Dennis. She was the wife of Robert E. Shiels, they were married for 53 wonderful years and Wakefield has always been her home.

She graduated from South Kingstown high school and then the University of Rhode Island, after which she became a home economics teacher employed at Wheeler High School in the state of Conn. Her and Rob were married in 1968 first making their home in Westerly, RI and then later in Hope Valley RI until returning to South Kingstown to her late parents' home in 2002.

Joyce was the rock of our family and light of our lives, she would light up the room with her infectious laughter and was kind to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. She had an everlasting love for her family and friends and their happiness and health was the most important thing to her. She worked for many years after teaching in catering where she could show her love for all people through food, entertaining and making sure everyone always had whatever they needed. She was always doing anything she could to put others first and help anyone who was in need. Joyce and Rob were always actively involved in their kids' lives as avid supporters of sports and booster programs during their youth and then later always supporting all their grandkids. Nothing made her happier than a holiday at their home with her family and an abundance of love…which she always showed through all of the delicious food she prepared for everyone to enjoy. We will miss her more than any words we can ever express…she was the best person we all knew.

She is survived by her husband Robert Shiels of Wakefield, her four loving children Christopher (Jen) Michael (Brittney), Matthew (Francesca), Dominique and her 3 grandchildren Spencer, Brody and Mia as well as her nephew David (Gina) and her great nephew Antonio and great niece Maria. She also had many lifelong friends who were family such as Camella Thomas, Ann Marie Viera and Stefanie Johnson.

Visiting hours will be held at Avery-Storti Funeral Home, 88 Columbia Street, Wakefield, on Monday, July 19, 2021 from 9am-11am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30am at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, 114 High St., Wakefield. Burial will take place at St. Francis Cemetery, Wakefield. For guest book and condolences,
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Avery-Storti Funeral Home - Wakefield
88 Columbia Street, Wakefield, RI
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St. Francis of Assisi Church
114 High St., Wakefield, RI
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Though my room at Wheeler was located a great distance from Joyce's, I will always remember her infectious personality. Because I will be "at sea", I regret not being able to attend services.
Henry Stebbins
July 19, 2021
I had the distinct pleasure of working with and knowing Joyce at Wheeler for several years and thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity to visit her room. A bundle of energy and laughter was usually the norm even at the end of a busy day, and I am sure she was the sparkplug that kept the family on it's toes and will be missed. Treasure the memories to keep her always with you. May her spirit live on in those she loved and fought for...she inspired me, and I will never forget her.
Frederick Souza
July 18, 2021
Rob, Chris, Matt, Mike, Niki I have fond memories of all of us as we moved into our brand new homes and raised our families together. Rob and Joyce were fun loving, mischievous and sweethearts. Joyce will be missed by you all but she will remain a treasure in your hearts because that´s what mother´s do! Sincerely Judy, Jon, Jason and Nancy.
The Mendelsohn family
July 18, 2021
When I moved to North Stonington CT my senior year, Joyce was my home econonists teacher! What a nice surprise her brother Dennis was in class with me our junior year at South Kingstown. Sorry to hear of your loss.
Judy Guthrie Owens
July 16, 2021
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