Middleburgh – Having just said her goodbyes to her beloved husband Charlie, who predeceased her a week earlier, Joyce E. Slater, died peacefully in her sleep on Monday, January 20, 2020 at the Holiday at the Atrium in Glenville.
Born in Schenectady on July 22, 1940 to the late Grace (Ferguson) and Edward Teller, Joyce graduated from Schoharie Central School in 1958 and soon after fell in love with a dashing young Army Veteran from Middleburgh. She and Charles W. Slater were married on September 16, 1961 and set about growing their life and their family together. Joyce dabbled in office work at Hartford Insurance and as a secretary at the State Capital for a few years, driving her sporty little red 1958 MGA roadster to Albany every day. A fitting car for the flashy lady she was, with a sparkle in her eye that matched her Charlie’s. She ultimately focused her time and talents on raising their children and together with Charlie, owned Schoharie Valley Laundry in Middleburgh for 34 years.
Joyce was a member of the Middleburgh Century Club for over 20 years and loved tending to the flowers in the Memorial Park on Main Street and others around the Village. She loved her home, crocheting, crafting, decorating for every holiday and hosting parties for family and friends, often making beautiful cakes. Joyce could also whip up a traditional sit-down dinner with just an electric frying pan, while Charlie set up their campsite. She loved to plan out vacations too and traveled to many destinations throughout her life. Her closet was well stocked with vintage attire too, donned while volunteering at the Dr. Best House Medical Exhibit and every side table in the house had a book on it, her favorite genre being historical fiction.
Joyce was also a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, teaching Sunday School there for many years and after joining the Middleburgh Reformed Church, Joyce enjoyed baking pies with the other ladies for their famous annual ham dinners.
Joyce was predeceased not only by her parents and Charlie, but also by her sister and brother-in-law: Joan and Christian (Chris) Nunamann.
Cherishing her love forever are her daughters: Denise Slater-Mau (Patrick Mooney) and Deanne Slater-Johnson, both of Pattersonville; her grandchildren: William (Jessica) Mau of Rotterdam, Alexander (Rachel) Mau of Scotia, Erick (Kelly) Mau of Rotterdam, Elizabeth Johnson and Elayna Johnson, both of Pattersonville; great-grandchildren: Lincoln Mau, Harper Mau and Grayson Mau; nephews: Dale (Donna) Nunamann, Dean (Allison) Nunamann, Todd (Denise) Nunamann and their families.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00PM on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Coltrain Funeral Home, LLC, 134 River Street, Middleburgh with Pastor Jeffrey Kelley officiating. Spring interment will be in Middleburgh Cemetery. All are invited to visit with the family from 1:00-2:00PM on Sunday, prior to the funeral.
Memorial donations in Joyce’s honor are asked to be sent to the Middleburgh Century Club, PO Box 715, Middleburgh, NY 12122 or to the Dr. Best House Medical Exhibit c/o the Middleburgh Library, PO Box 670, Middleburgh, NY 12122
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Middleburgh Century Club
PO Box 715, Middleburgh NY 12122
Dr. Best House Medical Exhibit
c/o Middleburgh Library PO Box 670, Middleburgh NY 12122