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“I extend my heart-felt Sympathy to Bill and family. I had the pleasure of Joyce's friendship for 23 years. We became quick friends because of our...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Patricia Austin

“Bill and Helen I thank the Lord for bringing Joycee our way. And I pray that the Lord will fill that empty void that's left by her absence. Love you...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Wm 'Babybrother' Robinson

“Our prayers are with you at this time for strength to endure. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Uncle John Henry and Mattie Robinson

“Helen, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We celebrate the great love and commitment Joyce had for education and helping others reach their full...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Marion Anderson & The Anderson Family (Petersburg, VA)

“My prayers are with you. God will give you comfort during this trying time ”
5 of 10 | Posted by: Charlotte Anderson (Cousin from Virginia)

“Shooting Stars We are but shooting stars. Between 1946 and 2017 there were many promotions and graduations. From Kindergarten to college, then...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Helen Frances Williams, Junior

“To Wil, Helen, and others, we send our deepest sympathy and caring prayers on the passing of Joyce. We will always remember her beautiful smile,...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Evelyn VandenDolder

“Conveying our deepest sympathy to Will and family at the passing of our sister-in-law, Joyce. She will always be fondly remembered for her genuine...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Cheryl VandenDolder

“Our sincerest condolences with the passing of Joyce. Although we never had the opportunity to meet her, her life-story pictures a wise, love-giving,...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Nick van der Linden

“Joyce was a wonderful woman with a big heart and bigger smile. She brought her name "Joy" with her where ever she went and...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Ron VandenDolder - Sunderland, MA

Joyce Roberta Williams-VandenDolder, age 71, passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at her home in Kingston, N.Y. after a long, courageous battle with respiratory illness. Joyce was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Helen Frances Williams and Robert Henry Williams. The middle child of three, she grew up with her sister, Helen, and her late brother, Raymond. In 1988 Joyce married William (“Bill” or “Wil”) VandenDolder. In the years that followed, the couple divided their time between their homes in Fresno, Calif. and New York. After graduating from Eastern District High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1964, Joyce attended Brooklyn College, where she received a B.A. in Education in 1969 and an M.A. in Education in 1971. She was the first college graduate in her family. For 33 years Joyce passionately pursued her profession as an elementary school teacher in the NYC school system. From 1969 to 1993, she taught inner-city students and was a reading and language arts specialist for at-risk children in grades K through 6 at P.S. 327, Dr. Rose B. English School, in Brownsville, N.Y. From 1993 to 2002, at P.S. 18, Winchester School, in Queens, N.Y., Joyce taught pre-school classes and worked as a librarian, developing various programs to improve students’ reading skills. Joyce also mentored adults as an ESL teacher from 1975 to 1981. She taught English speaking, reading, and writing skills at the Polish Slavic Center in Greenpoint, N.Y.; the Italian American League in Bronx, N.Y.; and the Haitian Americans Association in East Flatbush, N.Y. After retiring from teaching, Joyce volunteered her time at various charitable organizations, including Everett Hodge Community Center and The Peoples Place in Kingston. Even during her prolonged health struggles, Joyce was the eternal optimist, with her quick smile and hearty laugh. Her outgoing personality turned strangers into acquaintances and even close friends. Joyce had a voracious appetite for reading and learning. She loved attending plays and musicals; traveling to exotic places, such as Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and New Zealand; meeting new people; eating soft-shell crabs; doing craft projects; shopping for fashionable outfits; and revering the Lord Jesus Christ. Joyce is survived by her husband, Bill (Wil); her sister, Helen Williams of Laurelton, N.Y.; her mother-in-law, Corry VandenDolder; several brothers- and sisters-in-law; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Joyce will be reposing at the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave on Thursday, June 22, 2017 friends will be received from 2-5 PM. A Funeral Service will follow at 5:00 PM at the funeral home with Hospice Chaplain Diane Epstein, officiating. Interment will take place on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:00 noon in Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, NY. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to The Peoples Place, 17 St. James Street, Kingston, NY 12401.

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