Sadie Grace (Aluia) Joyce
September 6, 1926 – June 15, 2021
Sadie Grace (Aluia) Joyce of Chatham, formerly of New City, New York and Naples, Florida died peacefully on June 15, 2021. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Jack with whom she shared 54 happy years of marriage and her daughter, Karen Joyce Franchini. She is survived by her children, Honorable Kathleen Coffey and her husband Joseph Coffey, Patricia Joyce, Michael Joyce and his wife Martha Olsen, John Joyce and his wife Lynne and daughter, Mary Jo and her husband Vinnie Cavalieri and son-in-law Marco Franchini. “Nana” was a beloved grandmother to Joe, Jacqueline, Patricia, Michael, Jennifer, Katie and Shannon.
Sadie was born in Terrasini, Sicily and immigrated to the United States settling in Detroit, Michigan at the age of three with her parents, Joseph and Grace Aluia, brother Joseph and sister, Nina where she attended Nativity of Our Lord Commercial High School and the Ruth Dorsey Business Institute. With her business background, quick wit and “good looks” she began a career in the Detroit Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a stenographer. It was there that she met her loving husband, John “Jack” Joyce who was a Special Agent. They were married in 1952 and raised their family of six children in Cresskill, New Jersey and New City, New York. When Jack retired from the FBI, he became the Director of Security for the National Basketball Association with Commissioner Walter Kennedy and with his successor, Commissioner Larry O’Brien. This position provided Sadie and Jack the opportunity to travel throughout the country and to enjoy countless adventures and sporting events.
Sadie’s life was defined by her strong faith, love of family and cherished friends. She enjoyed a long and healthy life. She was a devout Catholic and during her last months when she was suffering, her faith sustained her spirit of perpetual optimism and unwavering trust in God’s will. For over twenty years, Sadie was an active member of the Holy Redeemer Women’s Guild. She will be remembered fondly for her welcoming smile and kind heart. She was the proverbial ‘Italian Mother’. Warm hugs, good food and a full refrigerator were a mainstay in her home where family and guests were always encouraged to partake in a ‘second’ and oftentimes ‘third’ helping of savory dishes.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 19th at 10:00 A.M. at Holy Redeemer Church in Chatham. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to The Poor Clare Nuns of Boston, 920 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, Ma. 02130. Funeral Arrangements by Nickerson Funeral Home. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.
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Sadie Grace (Aluia) Joyce
Paul & Marigrace O'Friel
June 19, 2021
Grace, the children, and I all share fond memories of Sadie. She was exceptionally warm and kind, and Grace still treasures the moment when Sadie welcomed her and Justin with open arms when they first arrived in the United States.
Sadie was an infectious optimist; her warm smile could light up a room and banish any depression. Her cooking was also unbelievable, and eggplant Parmesan remains one of my favorite foods.
We will miss her, but are comforted to know that she is now with Jack and Karen in heaven.
With our sincerest condolences,
Paul, Grace, & Family
June 18, 2021
I was fortunate to meet Jack and Sadie through my grandmother Claire Mathews of West Nyack,N.Y. They were very good friends and confidants. After Jack and Sadie moved up to Chatham, they contacted me as I was living in Sandwich. My family and I moved up from Nyack in 1966. I was invited over to their beautiful home and I think I was introduced to Michael. A distinguished Secret Service agent who was decorated for participating in the rescue of a downed news chopper in the Hudson river. To be honest, I felt unworthy to be in the company of such a wonderful family. Their eyes warm,loving and sincere. It was an honor. I'm grateful to both Jack and Sadie for having been there for my grandmother. She really loved them both. My deepest condolences.
June 17, 2021
Aunt Sadie and Uncle Jack were a special part of my life. Jack and my dad met in their early days at the FBI. They were such good friends that I think that I must have been twelve before I found out that it was "Aunt" Sadie and "Uncle" Jack. Highlight memories of our visits to Thornwood Drive were those amazing breakfasts and dinners that Sadie prepared! Jack and Sadie's loving marriage was always an inspiration for me. We were lucky that Jack and Sadie found a home near my dad's at the cape, where we were able to enjoy more special times together.
June 17, 2021
Sadie always shared her heartwarming smile at Sunday Mass, Holy Redeemer Women’s Club, and listening to my stories of my Mom’s best friend Helen growing up on 28th Street between avenues J and K, their beloved Brooklyn… Helen was a Secretary in NYC where she met her beloved FBI agent Howard. My Dad worked at Grumman Aircraft… Sadie gladly listened to my stories of growing up with my parents’ lifelong friends . Sadie was so proud of her beloved husband Jack and his career in the FBI, and yes the Joyce’s knew the Gillespies, too…
Sadie welcomed me to Chatham and marrying her Doctor Aucoin at Holy Redeemer, 31 years ago this June. I Pray Jack and my family Angels were the first to welcome Sadie to her heavenly 😇 new life🥰 ….this June.
Joan and Dr JeanPaul Aucoin