Joyce DeSales (Dwyer) Moyer
March 22, 1933 – Jan. 16, 2021
Joyce DeSales (Dwyer) Moyer, 87, passed quietly and peacefully into the loving arms of the Lord Saturday at Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, following a brief illness with COVID-19. Joyce enjoyed living there the last 5 years with the Carmelite Sisters, childhood friends and gracious staff.
Joyce was born and raised in Altoona and settled in Boalsburg to raise her family. She was born in the family home on Dutch Hill in Altoona on March 22, 1933, the daughter of Mary Magdalena (Schlegel) and George Lawrence Dwyer, both deceased.
Joyce is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas J. Moyer; daughter, Eileen; brother, Raymond; and sisters, Ruth Smith and Verna Horton.
She is survived by beloved sister, Lois M. (Dwyer) Duncan; and six daughters: Kathleen (John) McGranaghan, Colleen (Leonard) Cecere, Joleen (Shawn) Hindman, Laureen (John) Palmer, Bernadeen (Matthew) Harlow and Christeen Moyer. She was blessed with 14 beloved grandchildren: Kenneth, Christopher, Jennifer, Megan, Cory, Jessica, Kelly, Kathryn, Victor, Thomas, Colin, Connor, Kendra and Keri; five great-grandchildren: Giovana, Cassius, Kyra, Cyrus and Kaysen; and numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
Joyce attended St. Mary’s Parochial School and was a 1951 graduate from Altoona Catholic High School. After graduating, she went to work for Bell Telephone Company where she met and married the love of her life, Tom Moyer, also of Altoona. She left in 1956 as a service representative to start a family that grew to seven daughters. She re-entered the workforce in the 1970’s to support the family business, Penn Central Personnel Service in State College; was an Amway distributor; part-time secretary in the State College Area School District; a constituent assistant for State Representative Gregg Cunningham; and secretary at the Pennsylvania State University office of Civil Engineering and Office of Physical Plant.
After retiring in 1987, she and Tom enjoyed traveling winter months for nearly 25 years in their RV across the USA, Canada and Mexico, keeping travel journals and picture albums, treasuring the friendships made along the way. Joyce had a great sense of humor and loved a good laugh. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, collecting recipes, gardening, bird-watching, creative writing, researching family ancestry, attending reunions, fishing, politics, musicals, tap dance and sing-a-longs. She always carried a harmonica and liked to play. One of her favorite memories was a family heritage trip to Ireland in 2014. While visiting a pub there, the local band invited her to accompany them. She played her favorite “Oh Susanna” on harmonica, with patrons cheering and clapping – she was 81 years young!
She is a former parishioner of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in State College and current member of The Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona. Joyce was devoted to Citizens Concerned for Human Life and also sponsored Catechumens in the Rite of Christians Initiation of Adults program. Joyce was a praying member of The Legion of Mary.
Funeral services are private under the care of The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 8th Ave., Altoona.
Condolences may be made at www.stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com or the Stevens Funeral Home Facebook page.
Donations in Joyce’s memory may be made to “Pandemic Support Fund/Jeanne Jugan Residence Hall” at her niece’s religious order: The Little Sisters of the Poor, c/o Sister Jane Elizabeth, 2999 Schurz Ave., Bronx, NY 10465, https://jjrbronx.weshareonline.org; or to her residence the last five years: Garvey Manor, 1037 S. Logan Blvd, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. https://www.garveymanor.org/ways-to-give/donations/.