Joyce Robillard

Joyce A. Robillard

Wednesday, April 29th, 1936 - Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
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Joyce A. Robillard, 83, of Poughkeepsie, passed away on Sunday, September 22, surrounded by her husband and children and their love.

Born in Beacon, NY in April, 1936, she was the eldest daughter of the late John and Eloise (Gifford) Wisniewski. As a young girl, Joyce learned to play piano and taught tap and ballet dancing for the Sally Cunningham Studio. She and one of her sisters, Joan, often performed in minstrels and talent shows, popular in that day.

She graduated from Beacon High School in 1954, was married in 1956 to Joseph E. Robillard, and once her three children were all in school, Joyce worked at the Marshall & Sterling Agency, and earned an Accounting degree from Dutchess Community College. She was successful in all of her endeavors and was promoted to manager of Marshall & Sterling’s Master Risk, Inc. which she led until she retired in 1993 to enjoy her piano, sailing, golf, and tennis.

Throughout her adult life, Joyce volunteered extensively with various organizations, most intensively with the American Heart Association. After retirement, she and her husband volunteered to provide music therapy at local adult care facilities, where she would play the piano and her husband would sing. Her love for the piano stayed strong as she played almost daily on her baby grand, filling the house with music by a myriad of composers from Chopin to Cole Porter. Her family and friends will think of her whenever we hear a piano key strike a note, and we know that our lives were made more wonderful because she shared her life with us.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, Joseph; her children, John, Glen, and Donna; her sisters, Joan Lyons and Janet Promnitz; her grandchildren Russell, Megan, and Emily Robillard; and her son-in-law William O. Rights and daughter-in-law Margaret Robillard, and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Hudson Valley Hospice for their kindness, wisdom, and professionalism.

In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations to her favorite charities: the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation.

Arrangements are under the direction of William G. Miller and Son Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. If you wish to send an online condolence, please visit
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Thursday, September 26th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Service

    Friday, September 27th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, September 27th, 2019 10:00am
    Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
    342 South Avenue
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  • Interment

    Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
    342 South Avenue
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Posted at 02:42pm
Dear Joe and Family,
So sorry to hear of the recent passing of Joyce. Having spent several school class reunions with both Joyce and you proved to be fond memories. She was a sweet lady, may you hold all your memories of her close to you heart.

Jim and Elaine Amick

Tanya Soto

Posted at 12:21pm
My thoughts amd prays are with your family. From janice larkin

Nancy Fezza

Posted at 10:59am
We are so sorry to read about Joyce today in the Poughkeepsie Journal. As part of the extended Gifford family, we fondly remember Joyce and family at the many celebrations that occurred in the Beacon-Poughkeepsie area. Our family always got together for bridal and baby showers, and of course, weddings and funerals; and we remember Joe singing at many of these happy occasions. We have been in the Houston area since 1998 so we have sadly missed lots of family events. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you make your way through these difficult times.
Nancy and Jerry Fezza
Kingwood, TX


Posted at 09:35am
Dear Donna,
I am so sorry to hear of your mom passing. She and your family are blessed to have been beside her during her transition. Thinking of you, and sending prayers.
Much love,
Tess, your Heinemann colleague

Joan Rogers Reinhagen

Posted at 09:02am
Joe, My deepest sympathy on the passing of Joyce. She was a sweet lady.

Joan Rogers Reinhagen

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