Joy Virginia Theurer, age 95, passed away peacefully in her sleep on August 28, 2021, at Rose Hill Assisted Living in Robbinsville, New Jersey, where she resided for three years.
She was predeceased by her husband, the “love of her life,” Harry F. Theurer, Jr., on October 25, 2004.
They were married for 51 years on June 27, 1953.
Joy is survived by her three children Barbara Panyi (spouse Jeffrey), Harry F. Theurer III (spouse Francine), and Jill Liedtka (spouse David).
Additionally, her eight grandchildren whom she adored include Mark Theurer (spouse Alisa), Ryan Spruance (spouse Andrea), Harry Theurer IV, Tyler Theurer (spouse Danielle), Apryle Panyi, David Liedtka, Jacob Liedtka, Eric Liedtka, and John Liedtka.
Great-grandchildren include Noah, Dana, Wyatt, Joseph and Quinn.
She attended her grandchildren’s various activities and sports and lived every day for her family;
she was the true matriarch of her family!
She boasted often of her family members’ accomplishments; she was so very proud!
Joy was born “Joy Virginia Cox” in St. Petersburg, Florida, on April 28, 1926. Her parents were Charles A. Cox and Ann M. Stein Cox, who passed away in 1970 and 2003, respectively. She had only one sister Jean C. Cox Guenther, who passed away in 2017.
Her parents moved back up to Ocean City, New Jersey, where her father originally grew up.
Joy was a young baby/child at that time. Joy grew up then in Ocean City, of which she was very proud.
Joy was a l943 graduate of Ocean City High School. She worked for the Bell Telephone Company upon graduation. She told many stories of growing up at the “shore,” including scavenger hunts on the beach with her sister, ice cream sodas on the corner drugstore (She loved her ice cream!), and also the difficult times her family had during the Depression and World War II. She talked about not having a high school yearbook because of the paper shortage at wartime.
After a while, Joy moved to Riverton, New Jersey, to live in an apartment on the top floor of a house with the sister of her good friend from high school. Joy had landed a job in Philadelphia as a secretary for the Philco Electronics Manufacturing Company, now known as Philips.
Young Harry, her future husband, noticed Joy one day on the Riverton tennis courts. He was attracted to her legs, so the story goes!
The rest is history…
Joy lived with her family on Lippincott Avenue in Riverside, New Jersey, from 1954 until 2010. She moved to a retirement development named Traditions in Hamilton Square, New Jersey, in 2011 to be closer to her daughter Jill and family.
Joy also enjoyed many road trips with her family. She, husband Harry, and young daughter Jill traveled by car cross-country. In later years, she and husband Harry traveled to New England and stayed at campsites in their van. She was extremely proud of his 25 years of service in the New Jersey State Police.
Joy’s favorite quote/proverb, which she had designed on a pottery plaque, was “THE DIFFICULT TAKES TIME, THE IMPOSSIBLE A LITTLE LONGER.” She lived by that motto!
Joy truly will be missed by her family…so many traditions now without her.
We will love you forever, Mom, Grandmom, and Great-Grandmom!
May you rest in peace now in heaven with Dad, Pop-pop, and Great Grandpop…
the “LOVE OF YOUR LIFE!”
*Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Service will be at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021, at Lankenau Funeral Home, 334 Chester Avenue, Moorestown, New Jersey 08057. Calling hour will start at 9 a.m.
Burial will be at Harbourton Cemetery, 1516 Harbourton Rocktown Road, Lambertville, New Jersey 08530.