Joyce K. Dolan

Joyce K. Dolan, 74, of 419 North St. Marys Street, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017, at Penn Highlands DuBois, after an illness of the past several months.

She was born August 20, 1942, in Johnsonburg, daughter of the late Edward and Vera Wills Murphy. She was a lifelong resident of the area, was a graduate of Johnsonburg High School, Class of 1960, and was also a 1964 graduate of Mansfield State Teachers College.  Joyce had worked as a part-time teacher.

On September 5, 1964, in the Holy Rosary Church, Joyce married Michael A. Dolan, who survives. She is also survived by five daughters, Kathleen Dolan and her husband Greg Poirier of Ellicott City, MD, Sherry Hasselman and her husband Alan of St. Marys, Lori Emmert and her husband Rick of St. Marys, Robbyn Schloder and her husband Dave of St. Marys, and Marcy Delaney and her husband Matt of Lutz, FL; a son, Michael J. Dolan and his wife Christine of Warren, PA; 13 grandchildren, Olivia Poirier, Elliana Poirier, Abby Hasselman, Sarah Hasselman, Kiri Emmert, Kenna Emmert, Megan Emmert, Tyler Wehler, Alec Wehler, Paige Delaney, Grace Delaney, Lauren Dolan, and Michaela Dolan; and by two brothers, Robert Murphy and his wife Pat of Johnsonburg and Jack Murphy and his wife Barbara of Vestal, NY.

In addition to her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by two sisters, Rosemary Stack and Colleen Trody; and by three brothers, Neylon Murphy and two brothers in infancy.

Joyce was a member of the Sacred Heart Church. She was the beloved wife of her husband Mike, loving mother to her six children and proud grandmother of 13 grandchildren.  Through her 52 years of marriage to Mike Dolan, she taught her children the meaning of love, loyalty, and devotion.  She rarely missed an opportunity to support her children and grandchildren in all their activities, cheering them on in countless sporting events over more than 40 years.

Joyce was never more joyful than when the whole family was together, celebrating holidays, birthdays, and vacationing together. Her spirit will especially live on in her grandchildren, who have grown up in the light of her love.

She will be deeply missed and remembered often as selfless and reliable, supportive and encouraging, and above all, devoted to her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Friday, May 12, 2017, at 12:00 PM, with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 5:00 until 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Elk County Catholic School System, Advancement Office, 600 Maurus Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Chris and Karen Smith May 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Robbyn, with heart felt sympathy, sorry for you and your family, Chris and Karen Smith

Jim Del Torto May 10, 2017 at 3:07 pm

…I hope you remember me.. I went to grade school with Joyce and right after that we moved to Cleveland in 1956. I have been attending the recent high school reunions and I remember you well having met you through Joyce. Ironically I just got back to Cleveland last night from Johnsonburg where I was attending the funeral of my younger brother Rob’s girlfriend’s brother (Willis Jordon) to the shocking and incredibly saddening news of Joyce’s passing from Cly.
It took only a moments reflection on Joyce for me to realize what I need to say to you and your family with respect to how Joyce affected me and it goes like this…over the years since I left Johnsonburg whenever I reflected on having lived there or returned for a visit one of the first persons who came to mind was…guess who…you got it…Joyce Murphy. She was open …friendly…honest…and bubbly…which adds up to…infectious and her greatest quality was that she could not hide the fact that she cared about you whenever she talked to you…she was never about herself. Our Joyce was one of the most beautiful people I have ever met and I will never forget her…

God Bless…Jim Del Torto

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