Joyce A. Knowles

Nov. 30, 1936 - July 4, 2020

Joyce A. Knowles, 83, Pinecroft, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior early Saturday morning at her home.

She was born in Altoona, daughter of the late Leonard L. and Anna M. (Zitsch) Forshey. On June 7, 1958, she married Kenneth O. Knowles at Pinecroft United Methodist Church, and he preceded her in death on June 14, 2011.

Surviving are her three children: Elaine K. Grove, Ellen G. (Randy) Smith and Keith D. (Lysa) Knowles, all of Altoona; two grandsons: Kaleb and Kyle; two sisters: Janice H. Forshey of Pinecroft and Janetta R. Gardner of Bellwood; nieces and nephews; and her beloved puppy, Max.

She was a 1954 graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School. Joyce retired as office manager at Mid-State Tool and Supply Co., Altoona, after serving for 30 years. Her excellent work ethic earned her the respect and love of all her coworkers.

Her greatest motivation was her faith and her desire to serve others. A member of Pinecroft United Methodist Church, she served as a Sunday school teacher, pianist and church treasurer.

Joyce’s contributions to her community were endless. She volunteered as director of the Bellwood-Antis Food Share program, treasurer of Bellwood-Antis Council of Churches, and the Bellwood Hope Center “Soups On” program. She was also a member of the BA Community Picnic committee and Jaffa Widows Club. Joyce’s dedication to her community was recognized in 2017 when she earned the WISE Women of Blair County Community Service Volunteer Award.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2020, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at Jon C. Russin Funeral Home Inc., Bellwood. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Peter Dittman officiating. Interment will be at Logan Valley Cemetery, Bellwood.

The family suggests that contributions in Joyce’s memory be made to Pinecroft United Methodist Church or BA Food Share c/o BA Council of Churches, P.O. Box 135, Bellwood, PA 16617.