Joyce Eileen Topalis

September 16, 1922March 30, 2018

Norwich-Joyce Eileen Topalis, 1922-2018. Joyce was born in Reading Berks, England, daughter of the late Herbert and Sarah Booth. She had 15 siblings, 5 sisters and 4 brothers. Six were deceased before she was born. At 18 years old, she joined the Women’s Land Army in WWII, as was awarded the Land Army Service pin from the British Prime Minister. There she met her husband Peter Topalis, a US soldier, now deceased. After the war she traveled to America on a war bride ship with their son Jeffrey Mark. They had two more children, Pamela Diane and Daniel Paul, three grandchildren Kurt, Emily and Joyce and four great grandchildren Alexis, Lauren and Brandon as well as other loved ones Angela Kiddy and Bert Bowen. She embraced the Greek Orthodox religion and became a devoted member of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox church. Joyce taught Sunday school for 17 years and was awarded the Laity award by Bishop Methodios and was active in the Philoptochas Society. She loved being with children and received a 10 year leadership pin from the Girl Scouts. She worked at Uncas School for 27 years and was known by all there a “Nana” in the afterschool program. Joyce loved classical music and enjoyed playing excerpts on her piano and on Facebook for her friends. She was a happy lady, always singing with her happy smile. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Please visit to leave and online condolence.


Joyce Eileen Topalis

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Mary Barneby

June 12, 2018

On behalf of Girl Scouts of Connecticut, we offer our condolences for the passing of your loved one, who was a sister in Girl Scouting. We offer you our sincerest thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Mary Barneby, CEO

Michael Pachiodo

April 2, 2018

My condolences to Danny and all of Joyce’s family. I feel so fortunate to have become friends with Joyce, a truly lovely lady. I will miss my friend.

Judy and Jim Brodowski

April 1, 2018

Although we didn’t know your Mother, Dan, her Beautiful Spirit came across through Facebook when she was beautifully playing the piano! It was clear just how much she enjoyed doing that and I enjoyed it tremendously! I’m sure that you and her entire family will miss her terribly, but I would expect that her gentle yet vivacious spirit will live on within your memories and hearts! May God Bless You All! Our Deepest Condolences to you all at this challenging time!

Bob & Jackie Nowicki

April 1, 2018

Please accept our sincerest condolences on the passing of your dear Mother. It has been a life well lived. We're sure that the memories that you hold dear will soften your loss. A smile comes to mind when we picture Dan and Mom out shopping together seemingly enjoying just being together.

Love, Bob & Jackie Nowicki

Carol Chaput

April 1, 2018

Sincerest condolences on your Mother’s passing, Dan. I always enjoyed her Facebook concerts. She had a radiant and unforgettable glow ... a beautiful soul.