Obituary: Joyce Elaine Sokolowski – The Claremont COURIER

Beloved grandmother, volunteer, Dodger fan, devout Catholic

“It is with deep sadness and much love that we mourn the passing of Joyce Elaine Sokolowski, of Montclair, on February 17, 2022 at the age of 92,” her family wrote. “She will be lovingly remembered by her children, her sons David, his wife Gwen; Stan, wife KC; Paul, wife Robynne; his daughter Connie Hinkle; her daughter-in-law Linda, her husband Jim Bowen; stepdaughters Libby and Deneece; eleven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; as well as many dear nieces and nephews, cousins ​​and friends.

She was predeceased by her loving husband of 63 years, Edward John; sons Robert and Steven; brother, Pete; and her sisters Jean and Karen.

Joyce was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her mother nicknamed her “sparkling” because of her unruly hair. She graduated with honors from Beatrice High School and attended Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa, where she met and married Edward.

With their young family, they moved to Claremont in 1956. She was a busy housewife, raising their six children and cheering so enthusiastically from the sidelines to the endless sporting pursuits in which they and her grandchildren participated; she almost never missed a match.

Later, she worked in banking. She was a Dodger fan through and through and enjoyed sewing and reading in her spare time. But her favorite thing was spending time with her grandchildren and supporting their sporting events and activities.

She enjoyed participating with the Claremont Woman’s Golf Club for many years and her bridge club group on a weekly basis. She had the heart of a servant and volunteered in many ways in the community and her church, such as The Economy Shop in Claremont Village, with all proceeds going to many local charities and delivering meals to homes. for years.

She was a longtime parishioner of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church and was active in the parish leadership council, the Catholic Christian Women’s Community, catechist in the Christian Initiation Program, minister of the pastoral care of the sick and the confined at home, minister of hospitality, was one of the founders of the WOW group of the church, widows or widowers, and has always supported all the major events of the OLA parish .

“She will forever be remembered for her kind, loving and generous heart,” her family shared. “Her warm smile and welcoming embrace will be missed by all who knew her, and she will forever be in our hearts.”

A funeral celebration of life will be held at noon on Saturday, March 26 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 435 N. Berkley Ave., Claremont 91711.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Joyce Sokolowski’s name to Alzheimer’s Disease Research at https://www.brightfocus.org, or by check to 22512 Gateway Center Dr., Clarksburg, MD 20871-1950; to ASCPA at https://www.aspca.org/ways-to-give; or to a charity that is dear to you in his name.

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