Joyce T. Ghiorsi

January 18, 1933April 10, 2021

It is with deep sadness that the family of Joyce T. Ghiorsi announce her death which occurred at 3:00pm on Saturday, the 10th of April , 2021 in Livingston, New Jersey, at the age of 88, and in a state of grace. Joyce was born in 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, the only daughter of Lawrence and Rose Foppiani. After the early death of her father, Joyce spent her adolescent and pre-marriage years living in her grandfather’s house. She graduated from Bay Ridge High School in 1951 and continued on to work at the Hanover Trust Bank in New York. On April 1st, 1949, she met her future husband, for the first time, at a barn dance. The following year they went on their first date. Joyce married Frank J. Ghiorsi in October of 1952. She lived in Brooklyn for many years, rearing three children there, and caring for her husband and family. In 1990, Joyce moved to West Orange, New Jersey and lived there until her death. Joyce was a beautiful woman, both outwardly and inwardly. She was an elegant lady who possessed the ease of a kind and loving presence combined with a soft and sweet quality that resonated with all who met her. Her beauty and easeful qualities were readily visible to all who encountered her in daily life.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 68 years- Frank J. Ghiorsi; her three children, Janice Crowley (James), Lawrence Ghiorsi (Susan), and Peter Ghiorsi. She is also survived by three grandchildren; Lauren Manning (John), James Crowley (Margaret), and Daniel Crowley (Kiera), and six great-grandchildren; Ryan, Luke, and Maeve Manning, James and Tyler Crowley, and Lilah Crowley; and her brother L. Robert Foppiano along with several nieces and nephews. Joyce had a special bond with her late granddaughter, Kristen Crowley which endured always. Kristen looked very much like Joyce, and we all believe they are sharing a loving, standing embrace once again and for always.

We do not die in darkness, we die in light-and in light we remain forevermore..

Funeral services, with Mass of Christian burial, will be held at St. Joseph’s Church in West Orange, New Jersey, located at 44 Benvenue Avenue on Wednesday, the 14th of April at 11:30am. Burial will be private. In lieu of floral tributes, donations, in Joyce’s memory, may be given to the Rett Syndrome Foundation (


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Arlene Tumminello

April 14, 2021

Sending my heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the Ghiorsi family💖💖💖
My Sister Susan is married to first son, Larry Ghiorsi.
I live far away, and have not seen Joyce in quite a while, but, will always remember her sweet, kind presence.
R.I.P. in Heaven Dear Joyce.......❤️

Joan Fox

April 13, 2021

Larry and I have nearly 50 years of precious memories of our dear friend Joyce.

We remember the many wonderful times we shared sailing on Jamaica Bay, with Joyce and Frank on the “Bay Bee” and Larry and I on the “Manatee.”
We have so many fun-filled memories of our long weekends in Greenport, L.I. and in Washington, D.C.

New Year’s Eve brings special memories because we have been getting together every New Year’s Eve for over 40 years. Our friendship was very special.

We will miss you, Joyce, but know that you will be in our hearts always.

Joan and Larry Fox

Lawrence Burns

April 12, 2021

Hi Pete,

Your mom was always so nice and pleasant. From our OLHC and Nazareth days to the last time I came to your parent's house in NJ with Mary, your mom was was like a second mom to me.

She was a beautiful lady, inside and out.

Please accept our deepest condolences; God Bless you, your father, your brother and sister, and entire family.


Larry & Mary

Robert Foppiano

April 12, 2021

This was my Aunt Joyce. My Godmother. My dad's sister. I have many childhood memories of of her when I had sleepovers at her house. Among those memories, what stands out the most about her, was her style and grace, her kindness and soft spoken way, her integrity and her faith. She was a true lady to admire. A very beautiful sole.

As I got older, I was surprised (the first time) I ran into her and her bowling friends at the Kings Plaza Diner. Turned out it became a regular meeting every thursday night after her bowling league games, and after my nights horsing around with friends. She kept me in line. Every now and again, I would glance up to look at her if my friends got loud, and she would just wave her finger at me. My que to calm down. She was a classy lady and she will be missed.

Bob Foppiano

April 12, 2021

Many great memories over the years besides being a sister she was a lady with CLASS