Joyce Cecere, 68

Joyce Cecere, 68, of Lancaster, passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, February 20th, 2008.

Born in Newark, NJ to the late Pearl M. (Ehehalt) and Edward J. Bucher Jr., Joyce grew up Belleville, and later, Fair Lawn, NJ.  She graduated from Fair Lawn High School in 1957. In 1958, she graduated from the Katherine Gibbs School in Montclair, NJ.

Joyce was employed by ARCO Chemical Company for 19 years. Her residences included North Brunswick, NJ, Marlton, NJ, and Lancaster, PA.  She enjoyed making dollhouses for her granddaughters, photography, gardening, home decorating and visits to Long Beach Island.

Surviving are her children, Michael Cecere of Flemington, NJ, Stephen Cecere of Toms River, NJ, John Cecere and his wife Karen of Howell, NJ, and Jill Gaissert and her husband Gary, of Lancaster, PA. Also surviving her are her brother, Edward J. Bucher III and his wife Joan of Trinity, FL.

Joyce also had four grandchildren: Jessica and Jaclyn Poucel, Alyssa and Julia Cecere, and two step-grandchildren, Tara and Casey Gaissert. She adored her grandchildren and they loved her very much. They will miss their Grammy dearly.

A memorial service will be held at the Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home and Chapel at 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA on Saturday, March 1st, 2008 at 10:30am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joyce’s memory to either the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105 or Hospice of Lancaster County, 685 Good Drive, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA, 17604-4125.

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Our sincerest sympathy to your families.

Joyce was our neighbor for five years at the Oaks Condos. We did not know
her well, but we always waved and smiled when we saw each other and we
always thought Joyce kept her property so lovely.

Diane and Jim Gennarelli


My heart goes out to you and your family, my deepest condolences.I miss her jokes and e mails already.

Ed Ackerman

We sympathize with your family…..Joyce was our neighbor and friend. Our prayers are with you, especially at this time.

With heartfelt sympathy,

Bill and Betty Gast

I met Joyce about 1 year ago when I became her Personal Care Provider or as she grew to call me, her "Guardian Angel"!  We had a lot in common & share the same interests.  We understood each other, & to all of you who knew her, knows that this was not easy to accomplish with her.  She could ask me to go into "that thingy in the other room & open the doors to my, oh ya know that thing where I keep my t-shirts.  In the bottom watch-a-call-it, grab the thinger-ma-digger, would you please?  I’d know exactly what she wanted & where it was!  How neat, huh?  But, I think what I will remember the most about her is how she could always call it as she sees it, out loud, stand up for what or how she wanted something to be or where or how to do it best!  Too often people did not know how to take her for that, but I saw it as "WOW", how really cool.  The end result?  She got what she wanted, the first time around, not have it eat at her later, with the usual should a, could a, would a.  You knew where you stood with Joyce & if it was not good, she would not hesitate to bring it right up, discuss it with you, so that it did not eat at her or change how she feels towards you. I am not sure which one of us was more "picky" (a perfectionist) about everything being in it’s "little home".  i.e. chairs, nick nacks, lamp shades perfectly even!  All I know is that for the rest of my life as I push my chair in to it’s "little home", I will smile & remember my dear Joyce.  May Joyce’s "quirky ways" always remind you of some fond memory of her, put a grin on your face & bring warmth to your heart.  I will miss her dearly.

Penny Gamble

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