Portville- Joyce L. Stuckey, a longtime Portville resident, passed away Thursday (January 5, 2023) at home, after a brief illness.
Born January 30, 1934, in Great Valley, she was the daughter of Lee B. Eddy and E. Genevieve Spaulding. On March 13, 1954, at the Bolivar Methodist Church, Joyce married Herman E. Stuckey, together, they shared 51 ½ years of marriage, before his passing in 2005.
Joyce was a graduate of Bolivar Central School, class of 1952, where she majored in music. She sang in the choir and played piano for many musical programs, including a solo for graduation. After retirement, she liked to entertain her grandchildren and great-grandchildren with piano songs.
In 1959, she was a graduate from the first class of St. Francis School of Practical Nursing. In 1983, she received her associates degree in applied science from Jamestown Community College in Olean and became a registered nurse. She took many continuing education courses during her career. Her nursing career spanned 60 years, beginning at the Olean General Hospital in 1952. She went to work for St. Francis Hospital from 1956-1973. She then continued her 30-year career at St. Bonaventure Health Services. While there, she was a member of the Alle-Catt Nurses Association, N.Y. State College Health Association, and sexual assault advisory. Joyce’s final retirement was from Willcare, in 2012, after many part-time, per diem, and private duty nursing positions.
She was a longtime member of the Portville River’s Edge Methodist Church and a member of many of their ladies’ organizations. Joyce was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging. She a member of DAR from 2011 and was their librarian for 5 years.
Joyce generously donated to several organizations throughout the years including; Disabled Veterans, Boys Town, Indian Schools, Mercy Flight, the S.P.C.A., and needy families in Portville. She also received special recognition from the Portville American Legion for participation in aiding the aging and ill victims at Portville Central School during the 1972 flood.
Joyce traveled with her husband to Florida and California to visit grandchildren and their parents. After her husband's passing, she traveled across the country to visit her family. She was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and the St. Bonaventure Bonnies.
She was known for her large collection of owls and will be remembered for all the birthday cards and Christmas cards she sent to all the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members and friends. In her younger years, she crocheted doilies and blankets to give to friends and family. Later on, her passion was mowing her yard into her late 80’s, reading, and concerts in the park. Over the years, Joyce had taken thousands of pictures and her family appreciated looking at their younger pictures.
Surviving are four sons; Eddy (Melissa) Stuckey, Peter (Melody) Stuckey, James (Kathy) Stuckey, and Jon (Jamie) Stuckey; one daughter, Suzanne Wilber; eighteen grandchildren; over forty great-grandchildren; nine nieces and nephews; and two sisters-in-law.
In addition to her husband, Joyce was predeceased by’; one brother, Burton Eddy, one sister, Beatrice Burgett; four brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; and special pets, Tina, Clyde, Cry Baby, Pocahontas, and Squeaks.
Family will receive friends at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 51 S. Main Street, Portville on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday (January 10, 2023) at 11am at the funeral home. Rev. Dawn Quesenberry, pastor of River's Edge Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will follow in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Portville.
From a young age, Joyce was a huge animal lover, please consider making donations to your local SPCA.
If you would like to share a story of Joyce or express a condolence to her family, please visit www.guentherfh.com.