My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Sister Joyce. I knew her best through my high school years at Kearney. I was blessed to have her live with me for a stretch of time during which we became great friends. We spent countless hours up at night laughing and playing practical jokes on others....this was her modus operandi for years.
Seriously, though, Sister Joyce recognized a gift in me and awakened it quickly. She saw I had the the God given ability to teach, and she not only saw it, but encouraged it. As I completed my first teaching degree in three years I found myself teaching at Kearney. The seniors were freshmen when I graduated and they had a great time reminding me of who I was. Sr. Joyce not only defended me, she encouraged me even more.... Throughout my 36 years of education, whenever I had a question, a conflict, or a quandary, I would call on her. Her advice was solid and straight from the Lord. I loved her dearly, not only for who she was, but for who she was in Christ. We could share scripture together, and even our life verses together for the 40 years we knew each other. I am blessed that she is with the Lord, and has earned her reward. We will miss her, but I look forward to the day when we will be together again in perfection. I love you friend. "Well done my good and faithful servant, now enter into the joy of your master.
My sincerest condolences. I was one of her students at Bishop Kearney High School and I will never forget the positive impact she had on me. What a warm, kind, animated, loving person. I looked forward to religion class knowing she would have one of the most interesting stories to share with us and knowing we were always guaranteed a good laugh with her humor and hilarious antics. I was a better person for having known her. A Grateful Student.
To Jackie and the Wittman family: We lost a force of life who loved unconditionally. My condolences to all who loved Joyce. Our lives have been so enriched by Joyce’s love of God and enthusiasm for living a life of service. Bask in the glory of God my friend.