Sister Florence Joy

May 23, 1923March 2, 2019

Sister Florence Joy RSM (formerly Sister Mary Annata), died Saturday, March 2, at Chestnut Park Nursing Home in Oneonta, New York. She had been a Sister of Mercy for sixty-three years.

Born in Oneonta, she was the daughter of the late Carmen Joy and Anna Volpe Joy. Sister Florence earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the College of Saint Rose, Albany, New York. She ministered as a teacher at various schools in the Albany Diocese, including St. Mary’s, Clinton Heights; St. Paul’s, Troy; and St. Patrick’s, Watervliet.

Sister spent most of her teaching career with “the little ones” in grades one and two, laying a solid foundation in the “3 R’s” and preparing them for future learning. An excellent reading teacher, she spent extra time tutoring students who struggled with reading skills. In her retirement years, she dedicated herself to the ministry of prayer.

Sister treasured time spent with her family and felt completely at home in Oneonta. In addition to her parents, Sister Florence was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Packer, infant Angeline Gioia, Jane Rhody, and her brothers, Anthony Joy and Emilio (Mel) Joy.

She is survived by her sister, Angeline Nielsen, and brother, Michael Joy (Dawn), several nieces, nephews, greatnieces, greatnephews, and cousins, as well as by her religious community, the Sisters of Mercy.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the reception of Sister’s body at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut Street, Oneonta, NY 13820, Thursday, March 7, at 10:00 a.m. A wake will follow in the church; the Liturgy of Christian Death and Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m.

Interment will follow in the spring in the family plot in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Oneonta.

The Sisters of Mercy are grateful to the staff of Chestnut Park Nursing Home for the great tenderness with which they cared for our Sister.

Contributions may be made in Sister Florence’s memory to the Sisters of Mercy, 634 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York 12208.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Calling Hours Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, March 7, 2019

Sister Florence Joy

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