Joyce Shafer

Joyce L. Shafer

Tuesday, October 1st, 1935 - Saturday, June 15th, 2019
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Joyce Louise Shafer, 83, passed away at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY on June 15, 2019 after a brief illness. She was the daughter of Sarah and Harold Allstrom.
Joyce had a ready smile for everyone and is remembered as sweet, caring, and outgoing. She always had a kind word for everyone. If anybody needed help, Joyce was the first one to offer a hand. Whenever she spoke of her two daughters or grandchildren, her voice would be filled with the kind of pride that came from deep and unconditional love.
Joyce loved animals. She volunteered at the ASPCA in Hyde Park. Her heart was especially open to older dogs that were difficult to place. Due to her generosity, many of those dogs spent their final years living with her and her husband.
Joyce was born and raised in Warwick, Rhode Island and later moved to Poughkeepsie. She had a long career at Montgomery Wards working in customer service, where she was one of their top sellers of service contracts. She worshipped at the New Hackensack Reformed Church for over 50 years and assisted in many of the church activities. Joyce loved golfing, bowling, shopping and spending time with the many friends she made over the course of her life.
Her vibrant personality will be greatly missed by her husband of forty-six years, Robert Shafer; daughters Sharon (William) Struth and Deborah (Esam) Johnson-Ghasia; grandchildren, Nicole, Katie, Mustafa, Hana and Nadira, her brother, Kenneth Allstrom of Warwick, RI, and step-daughters Trina, Sue, and Katie. Joyce was previously married to the late James E. Johnson.
Calling hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. on June 23, 2019 with a Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on June 24, 2019. Both will be held at the New Hackensack Reformed Church (1580 Route 376, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dutchess County SPCA online at or mail a donation to 636 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park, NY 12538. Arrangements are under the Direction of the Wm. G. Miller & Son FH, Inc. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at www.wmgmillerfuneralhome
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    New Hackensack Reformed Church
    1580 Rt. 376
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  • Service

    Monday, June 24th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, June 24th, 2019 11:00am
    New Hackensack Reformed Church
    RT. 376
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  • Interment

    Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
    342 South Avenue
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Susan Polikoff

Posted at 07:11pm
My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting Joyce this spring. We were her coaches for Office of the Aging's Matter of Balance program. Joyce brought enthusiasm and joy to every class. She loved to share stories about her family and her beloved pets. Though we only knew her for a short time, Joyce certainly touched our hearts. She will be missed.
With our sincere sympathies,
Susan and Cal Polikoff

Deborah Johnson-Ghasia Posted at 03:55pm

Thank you for your kind words. My mother spoke fondly of you both and shared the nice card that you wrote for her with me. She enjoyed the program, and I’m glad that your paths crossed even if just for several weeks. Take care.

Julie Clark

Posted at 06:01pm
I had the pleasure to work with Joyce at Montgomery Ward, she was a great. I remember one time she had a very angry customer yelling at her on the phone. She just took the receiver put it in her desk drawer and closed it until he was done yelling. She was always smiling , keeping us all in better in a better mood.

Sharon Struth Posted at 07:54am

Hi Julie, This is her daughter. That is a wonderful story, and I can see her doing that. She just wanted everything to be friendly and happy. Thank you for sharing. Sharon

Taborga Family

Posted at 11:49am
"Joyce Shafer" will remain in our hearts forever.
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John Mazzone

Posted at 04:59am
My prayers are with the family. I worked with Joyce for 9 years at Montgomery Wards, she was a wonderful person to know. Always a smile.

Sharon Posted at 11:04am

Thank you, John. I'm so glad you remember her that way. Yes, she always had a smile.

The Allstroms

Posted at 11:30am
We will miss your infectious smile and wonderfully enthusiastic attitude . Love, The Allstroms. Ken, Marge, Peter, Scott, Kris and Olga.
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