Jerome P. “Jerry” Joyce

Jerome P. “Jerry” Joyce, 61, formerly of Emporium, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, in Snyder Memorial Health Care Center, Marienville, following a lengthy illness.He was born May 18, 1949 in St. Marys, son of the late Joseph and Margaret Heher Joyce.On May 19, 2000 in DuBois, he married Karen Pavelko Fritz, who survives.He graduated from Cameron County High School in 1967 and Bryant and Stratton Business College in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1973. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served with the U.S. Army. A longtime resident of Emporium, he moved to St. Marys in 2000. From 1973-1988 he was employed by Emporium Specialties Co., Inc. in Austin, and from 1988-2002 by Elco Sintered Alloys in Kersey.In addition to his wife, Karen, he is survived by a brother, Robert Joyce and his wife Robin of Harrisville; a sister, Peggy Letterman and her husband Paul of Emporium; five nieces and nephews; and nine great-nieces and nephews.Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant sisters, Janice and Sally Joyce.Visitation with video tribute for Jerome P. “Jerry” Joyce will be held in the Coppersmith-Condon Funeral Home, Emporium, on Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m., at which time funeral & committal services will be held with the Rev. Gary Atkinson, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Emporium, officiating.Military honors will be accorded by the Cameron County Memorial Detail.Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Snyder Memorial Health Care Center, PO Box 680, SR 66 Cherry St., Marienville, PA 16239; or People to People Ministries, 1225 E. Rosemeade Pkwy, Carrollton, TX 75007.