Joyce (Francis) Kennedy, 71, of Latrobe passed away at her home on Tuesday, March 20th after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on June 18, 1946 in Latrobe, a daughter of the late John and Ruth (Shroyer) Francis.
Joyce graduated from Seton Hill College in 1969 where she received her certificate in elementary education. She was an active member of St. Vincent Basilica Parish where she helped with the social club, annual Easter egg hunt, and Night at the Races. She was currently employed by Fort Ligonier in their education department. She also formerly worked as a teacher, first at Greensburg Salem, and then for the Greensburg Diocese at the following churches; St. John’s, St. Vincent, Holy Family, and Holy Trinity. Joyce volunteered at Adelphoi Bingo and was co-founder of the Ya Ya Book Club. Her favorite pastimes included playing bingo and slots, reading books, and most of all, spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to watch them play soccer and other activities. She also enjoyed going on trips with her husband and family.
A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her husband of over 49 years, Thomas W. Kennedy; two children, Jennifer DeCerb and her husband Brian of Greensburg, and Thomas Kennedy and his wife Janine of Mars, PA; six grandchildren, Mia, Sofia, Gillian, Ian, Brody, and Lola; and her mother-in-law, Ruth J. Kennedy.
Friends will be received Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM in the Hartman-Graziano Funeral Home, Inc., 1500 Ligonier Street, Latrobe. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 AM Friday in St. Vincent Basilica, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, with interment to follow in St. Vincent Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent Basilica parish, 300 Fraser Purchase Road, Latrobe, PA 15650.