Joyce A. DeAllaume, formerly of Glen Rock, New Jersey, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2023 at Brandywine Assisted Living in Mahwah, New Jersey. She was born in New York City on April 11, 1934. Joyce was predeceased by her beloved husband of 63 years, William Louis DeAllaume, her sister Kathryn Hegeman, and her brother Donald Vail. She is survived by her loving children, Denise Callanan (Stephen, deceased), Jeanne Black (Alex), Bill DeAllaume (Tracy), and Robert DeAllaume (Carol); seven grandchildren, Sean (Stephanie), Brian, and Meghan Callanan, Andrew Black (Sasha), Colleen and William DeAllaume, and Robert DeAllaume; as well as beloved nieces and nephews.
Joyce was an avid reader and writer, winning a poetry contest when younger and later a scholarship to Hunter College for English. She went on to become a successful model in the 1950’s. It was in Greenwich Village where she met the love of her life “Bill” at an army dance. The two eventually settled and raised a family in Glen Rock, New Jersey, where she cherished her children, grandchildren, and extended family.
For over 25 years, Joyce was a proud and dedicated employee in the Nursing Administration Department at Valley Hospital. She met lifelong friends there, and they regularly went for coffee at Kurth Cottage. Joyce also valued the enduring friendships she formed in Glen Rock with her neighbors on Bradford Street and through book clubs. Joyce had a zest for life and was loved by all! Her smile and warmth made everyone she met feel special. She enjoyed traveling, and often hosted themed parties at the house for friends. Later, Joyce and Bill would fulfill a dream of going back to NYC with an apartment in her favorite neighborhood, midtown east. Together they forged additional friendships at the senior center, attended mass across the street, and delighted in going to off Broadway shows. Joyce will be deeply missed and remembered fondly for her integrity, wisdom, and genuine love for all people.
A funeral mass will be held at St. Catharine’s Church in Glen Rock at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, followed by a burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, New York. Donations can be made to St. Catharine’s Church in Glen Rock, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, or a charity of your choice.