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JERSEY SHORE - Joyce Rose Shaffer, 89, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Gatehouse Hospice following a brief illness. Born May 16, 1929 in Lock Haven, she was the daughter of the late Elwood and Margaret (Houser) Heivly. She graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1947.
She married the late Robert J. Shaffer on November 9, 1952 and together they shared 50 years of happiness. He preceded her in death on November 19, 2002.
Joyce and Robert were the former owners of S & S Tool & Die, as well as the Tiadaghton Post restaurant. In addition, her high energy led her to waitressing at Howard Johnson’s, and her love of fashion gave her fulfillment working at Fashion Bug and Leslie Fay. Joyce enjoyed spending time with family, playing cards, traveling to Florida, playing bingo, watching her favorite programs and listening to murder mystery tapes. She enjoyed being active and spent her younger years playing racquetball and tennis, for which she had won many awards.
Surviving family members are three sons; Dennis (Sue) of Pensacola, Fla, Stephen (Cathy) of Sarasota, Fla and Larry of Jersey Shore, one daughter; Vicki Godfrey (Ed Segraves) of Jersey Shore, one brother; Joel Heivly (Jere) of Jersey Shore, 11 grandchildren; Rebecca, Ian, Krysta, Stephanie, Kalen, Kourtnee, Tawnee, Laryssa, TJ, Jimmy and Shanna, 11 great-grandchildren; Joshua, Kaylee, Hudson, Keenan, Tinslee, Tyler, Hayden, Noah, Riley, Carter and Brielle, one nephew; Joel Heivly, Jr. of Jersey Shore and special friend; Joyce Lane of Tampa, Fla.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother; Philip Heivly.
We would like to give special thanks to Joyce’s in-home caregivers, Sarah and Linda, who helped her this past year. Joyce’s memory will live forever in our hearts and she will be revered for her kind and gentle soul, as well as her wonderful sense of humor.
A memorial service will be held at the family’s convenience.
Arrangements are being handled by the Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, Jersey Shore.