Joyce Marie Van Vlierden, born November 29, 1947 in Kingston, NY died January 4, 2009 in Accord, NY from cancer. Her partner Alex Averin was at her side.
Joyce was a graduate of St. Joseph's Catholic School, Kingston High School, and Ulster County Community College. She retired from Metropolitan Life, and then did medical transcription from a home office.
Joyce was a talented artist and photographer. A true child of the 60's, she delighted in attending the Woodstock Festival. She was an avid gardener who took great pride in the garden she created and fought the deer to keep. She enjoyed watching and photographing the butterflies which came to her flowers. She also loved riding her bike and watching kites fly in the wind.
Preceded in death by her father, Leslie Van Vlierden, she is survived by her partner Alex Averin of Accord, her mother Jean Wisneski Van Vlierden and sister Shirley Robbins of League City, TX, sister Janet Romeo and her husband Mike of Catskill, uncles Robert Wisneski of Elmira, NY, Irving Wisneski and his wife Estelle of Charlotte, NC and several nieces and nephews and cousins. She will also be missed by her special friends Gloria & David Anderegg of Port Ewen, NY and Sylvia Mantovani of Raleigh, NC.
At Joyce's request, there will be no funeral services. She asked that instead there be a private memorial service in her garden in the spring.
For those wishing to do so, memorials in Joyce's memory may be made to the Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410 or the Dutchess/Ulster Hospice, 374 Violet Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1034.