Joyce M. Zimmerman

Joyce M. Zimmerman, 78, of South Williamsport, died Aug. 26, 2018, at The Williamsport Home.

Born July 8, 1940, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., to Michael and Mary (Delovich) Vancko, Joyce lived most of her life in Pennsylvania, moving from Lopez to Williamsport in 1955.

A 1958 graduate of Williamsport Area High School, where she served on the school newspaper staff and was a proofreader for the school yearbook. She won the Business and Professional Women’s prize her senior year.

Since 1955, Joyce was a faithful member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, serving as a choir member and lector. She was a Sunday school teacher, took communion to the sick, and served as president of the Episcopal Church Women and for many years chaired the United Thank Offering. She also assisted with bazaars, fundraisers, senior lunches and funeral receptions.

Since their infancy, she also made sure her children and grandchildren attended church and Sunday school with her.

She was a secretary at PP&L and later at Lundy Homes, Lundy Lumber, Lloyd’s and retired from YBC in 2005 after 30 plus years of faithful service.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 26 years, Ned D. in August 1987; daughter, Nadine M. in April 2008; and brother, Dr. Robert M. Vancko in April 2013.

Surviving are son Lance and wife Susan and grandchildren Cody McKenzie and Serenity, Gage and Charity Zimmerman. Also surviving are an aunt, Emilia Olin, of Oswego, N.Y.; a sister, the Rev. Pamela V. Sten, Michigan; brothers Gerald Vancko, of Pittsburgh and James (Teresa) Vancko, of Illinois; sisters-in-law, Dr. Candace S. Vancko, of Maine and Loretta Vancko, of Sewickley; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joyce enjoyed movies, TV, reading, visiting with friends and family reunions. She especially enjoyed bowling and dancing in her younger days and was an avid walker until her many falls. She enjoyed playing setback with friends, at the Moose, Democratic Club and the senior centers after retirement.

Her greatest joy was her family and she was always ready to babysit her grandchildren. She always watched over her family as she forever will. She had good friends and was a good friend.

Her funeral will take place on Monday, Sept. 3, 11 a.m. at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1656 Scott St., followed by burial in the church memorial garden. A luncheon will then be served in the church parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church or to her family for her grandchildren’s college educations.

Submitted by family.