Joyce Maureen Steele, 82, of Lovelton, Pa., passed away on April 21, 2019 at Towanda Skilled Nursing.
Joyce was born on Dec. 25, 1935 in Wyalusing Borough, Bradford County. She was the daughter of the late Cecil C. Steele and Genevieve Knolles Steele. Joyce worked at Fairway Spring in Elmira-Horseheads for over 20 years.
In 1972, Joyce and sister Joni made a tavern from the old Lovelton one-room schoolhouse. They called it Steele’s Tavern. From 1985-1996 Joyce and Millie Farr owned the Lovelton Hotel, Joyce owned Colley Pub 2001.
Joyce is a member of the Tues. Club which was formed in 2003, and met at the Mildred Legion for years, now at the Lovelton Hotel. Joyce was a member of the Women’s Dart League in Bradford-Sullivan County for 35 years, and was the treasurer for many of those years. She also ran many dart tournaments for the benefit of others. Joyce and her “Pop” Cecil started a ring toss league in 1972, which is still going strong. Joyce was a member of Women of the Moose in Endicott-Johnson City for over 40 years, Dushore Legion Auxiliary, Post 187 AMVETS Association, Women’s Amateur Softball League, Joyce played softball for many years with Sayre, Pa., Elmira, N.Y., 10 years with Binghamton, N.Y., Clayton, Del., to name a few, and the All American Girls Baseball League. She was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown., N.Y., in 1988. She played for the Kalamazoo Lassies, Kalamazoo, Mich., in 1953. The AAGBL has a room of their own in Cooperstown; Joyce Steele’s name is on the roster with address Wyalusing, Pa. Joyce was in the movie “A League of Their Own.”
Joyce loved her flowers and to mow lawn with her cat Susi by her side. She fed many stray cats and anything else that was hungry. She loved animals. Feeding her birds, she had a special place in her heart for animals, especially the little critters without a home. She loved jigsaw puzzles and always had one going. Joyce and Joni worked on them year round.
Joyce belonged to the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wilmot, Pa. Her pastor, Phyllis Pelletier, reinstated her in October of 2015. Her good friend Nannette Good stood up with Joyce during this ritual. Thank you both for all you did, I miss all of you at church.
Joyce was predeceased by her parents Cecil C. Steele in 1990 and Genevieve Knolles Steele in 2010 at 101 years old. A brother-in-law Edward A. Rothbun in 2013.
She is survived by the greatest family ever. Her sisters Marcia Knolles Rathbun of Atlanta, Ga., Joni and husband Dan Sweeney, could not have done it without you Joni, of Lovelton, Pa. Brother Thomas and wife Connie Knolles of Huntersville, N.C. Nieces Julie Rathbun Vilar, Jan Rathbun Howell, Susan Rathbun Kern, Abby Knolles Koperski. Nephew Jay Rathbun, retired Special Forces U.S. Army 160th, flew LittleBird Helicopter. Special cousin Glenda Shores, who tucked me in many of nights with a prayer. Mary Davis, Connie Drumhella and many special friends.
Joyce is also leaving behind her second family at the Towanda Skilled Nursing. How great all the nurses and care givers treated me – Gale, Janet, Lisa, Steffie, Gen, Rachel, Kerstin, Liz, Kelly, Bert, Stacie, Bev H., Lorie, Tina Route, Linda, Ivanna, Alice, and Jenna. Hope I did not forget anyone.
To my soul mate, I shall love you forever. See you later in the silver lining. I never gave up and I shall love you forever.
Don’t cry – remember the good times, always be kind, for God loves you.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held for Joyce at a future date with burial to take place in the Colley, Pa., Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, Ulster, Pa., in Joyce’s honor.
Condolences for the family may be shared by visiting www.tiogapointcremation.com.
Caring services provided by Cooley Tioga Point Cremation & Burial Options, Athens, Pa.