Tonawanda News

October 11, 2013

Mary Ann Joyce


The Tonawanda News

SACRAMENTO, CA — Mary Ann Joyce, 74, died October 1, 2013, in Sacramento, CA. She was the daughter of the late Myles W. and Edna E. (nee Kurkowski) Joyce of North Tonawanda. Her grandparents were the late Michael J. and Mary (nee Mitchell) Joyce of North Tonawanda and Charles and Pauline W. (nee Kloppstein) Kurkowski of Tonawanda. She was the great-granddaughter of the late Michael and Mary (nee Sweeney) Joyce of Tonawanda, and Michael and Johanna (nee McKenna) Mitchell of Grand Island, and Carl and Eva (nee Leiskau) Kurkowski of Tonawanda. Her great-great-grandparents, Owen and Catherine Mitchell, came to Tonawanda in the early 1850s.

Mary Ann graduated from North Tonawanda High School, class of 1956, and received an         Associate's degree from Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. She was employed by her parents in their public accounting practice before relocating to California. She retired from the County of San Diego, where she was a social worker.

She was married to the late Donald C. Neil and is survived by their daughter, Christiana.

Private burial will be in the family plot at Elmlawn Cemetery. Mary Ann was grateful to the San Francisco branch of Compassion and Choices for their guidance and support throughout her    illness.

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