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Joyce V. Taylor

November 11, 2022

Joyce V. TaylorOn the morning of November 11, Joyce. V Taylor, 90, of Watertown, NY left us to join her mother and father, brother, and love of her life Jim.

Joyce was born in Watertown on May 17, 1932, daughter of Donald and Florence VanAlstyne. She graduated from Watertown High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Education from Genesee State College.

Joyce married her husband and her ultimate love, James P. Taylor, October 27, 1951, at Sacred Heart Church. They were married for 24 years. Later, Joyce was briefly married to John Sawyer.

Joyce began her teaching career in Rochester at Charles Carol Elementary School. Later she returned to Watertown and would teach 3rd grade at Academy Street School then eventually Harold T Wiley school where she would teach 4th – 6th grades in Wing B team 1 from the day it opened till, she retired.

Joyce loved to read, knit, spend time with her ADK and teacher friends and most of all her multi-generational family. In her younger years, she was an avid bowler and golfer.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents Donald and Florence VanAlstyne, Her brother Donald VanAlstyne and her love James Taylor.

Joyce is survived by her two children Daniel T (Loretta) Taylor, April Anne Young, her grandchildren Ivy (James) Flynn, Muffet (David) Herkala, Jesse Young, Riza (Vincent) Randazzo, and Ken Sanchez, and her great grandchildren Daniel, Andrew, Gabriela, Logan, Sawyer, Mason, Lana, Scarlett, Izeigha, Jesse Jr. Jersey Maé, Sage, and Jackson.

Calling hours will be at Cummings Funeral Home, Watertown, Wednesday, November 16th, 4-7 PM. The funeral mass will be held at Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop Street, Watertown Thursday, November 17th, at 10 AM followed by a burial at Glenwood Cemetery.

Online condolences may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Donations in her name may be made to the ADK Scholarship Fund, which is awarded annually to individuals seeking a degree and career in education. Mail donations to: ADK Scholarship Fund, 10939 State Rt. 26, Carthage, NY 13619 or call 315.778.865


#6 judith Valvo 2022-11-15 14:33
So very sorry to her this. Joyce was a nice teacher and cousin. Their are not many of us VanAlstyne's left but memories (I) will always have , My mom Mary and dad (Grant)and uncle Chet and Aunt Rita --Uncle Don and Aunt Florance every weekend playing cards , their gone now and now we their children are joining them now. Life goes on with our kids now. Iwill never forget any of them . Joyce and Don will be happy to with theirparents now , Danny was the ring bear in my wedding in 1962 , 60 years ago. Memories See you all wed
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#5 Sheela Marie 2022-11-15 09:10
Danny, April I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Joyce.
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#4 Sheela Marie 2022-11-15 09:05
Danny, April I am so sorry to hear about Aunt Joyce. She and you and Uncle Jim were so much a part of my life, living next door to you for so many years- April I even remember you out back on Black River road when you were a toddler chasing butterflies!
She was a bright personable woman and a great teacher. I had her a few times at Academy St school and remember how much she laughed and smiled
I will see you Wednesday
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#3 NANCY LOVELAND 2022-11-15 08:26
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#2 Douglas Shambo 2022-11-14 11:23
To the Taylor Family:
I am so sorry to read of Mrs. Taylor's passing. She was my third grade teacher at Academy St. School, and later teacher to three of my siblings. She was definitely my favorite, and very important to my development and later accomplishment. She was a wonderful person as well; I saw her periodically in my young adult years, and it was always a great pleasure to reconnect with her.

May she rest in peace, and may you all have comfort in your time of grief. She was a truly accomplished and great lady.
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#1 Michael Derrigo 2022-11-14 07:49
So sorry to hear of Joyce’s passsing she was a great teacher with my mom carol &were the best of friends
Thoughts & prayers to the Taylor family
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