Joyce Maier

Joyce Maier

October 24, 1928 April 23, 2020

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Obituary for Joyce A. Maier

Joyce A. (Yocom) Maier, 91, of Wyomissing, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020, in the care of Reading Hospital. She was the widow of Paul S. Maier, who died in February of 2008. She was born in West Lawn to the late Earl C. and Stella M. (Weitzel) Yocom. Joyce graduated from Wilson High School and went on to attend Albright College.

She met her husband, Paul, while working at Maier’s Bakery. Later in life she worked at Note Pourri on Penn Avenue.
Joyce was a lifelong member of Atonement Lutheran Church and sang in the choir for over 50 years. She participated in Bell choir, Music and Worship. Her love of music extended to the Reading Symphony League, and she enjoyed attending the symphony.

She was once very active with the Women's Club of Shillington and Pennsylvania. Joyce was passionate about the outdoors, especially the garden she shared with her husband, Paul. She loved protecting and planting trees.

Joyce loved playing bridge and was good at it. Most of all, she loved her friends and her family, and she always made time for them.

Joyce is survived by her children: Deborah J. Maier, partner of Stephen Dzielak, of Wilminton, NC; and Marcia J., wife of E. Robert Burkhart, of Hanover, PA; her grandchildren: Sarah J. Lowman, partner of Ben Chua , of Les Cedres, QC, Canada; James A. Lowman of Oak Island, NC; and Lara (Burkhart), wife of C.J. Diorio, of Mt. Airy, PA; her great-grandchildren: Emily M. Lowman of Georgia; Charles Roy of Les Cedres, QC Canada; and Charlie Diorio of Mt. Airy, PA. She is also survived by her brother and sisters: Sandra L., wife of Kenneth Fischer, of Flying Hills, PA; David R., husband of Barbara Yocom of Warrington, PA; and Sheryn K. Murray of Sommerville, SC.

In addition to her husband, Joyce was predeceased by her siblings Bernard E. Yocom, Mary E. Kuser, Louise G. Ellinger, Ruth M. Hartman, and William R. Yocom.

Joyce’s family asks that contributions in her memory be made to the Reading Hospital Foundation , PO Box 16052, Reading, PA 19612, and will be earmarked for cancer patients in need, Palliative Care, T-4 Nursing Station, or Covid19 PPE.

Services for Joyce will be private at the convenience of her family.

The Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., is assisting with arrangements. Condolences, tributes, and fond memories may be expressed at

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Jeffrey Koller

I always looked forward to talking to Joyce. She was a people person who was interested in everybody and what they had to say. She seemed to have a great story on every subject. I will miss the RSO fund raising dinners at Viva with her and my mom, and Paul’s Fasnachts. She also baked a delicious coconut cake for my dads passing. I was a former neighbor as a child.
Jeff Koller

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janet Koller

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Janet Koller

Joyce welcomed my late husband Fred and I to the neighborhood in Shillington over 50 years ago. I valued that friendship, as we occasionally met at various functions over the years. How I wish I had written down bits of our intermission conversation during the final RSO concert on March 7th. I hope I remembered to express how grateful I am for that gesture of kindness and her friendship. May she rest in peace. Blessings and Prayers to her Family, Janet Koller
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Eve Kimball

Joyce was an amazing lady - full of wit and life to the end despite her severe health problems. I will miss her smile as she got into her RED Toyota sports car :). Much love to all her family. We will gather later when we can to celebrate her life one on one.
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Kay Hartman

I had met Joyce through her old neighbors," the Knouse's"years ago, when she still lived on State St. Joyce was such a bubbly person, always happy, even is she didn't feel well. It was always a joy to sit and chat with her. The last time I saw her was Feb. 7th. Debbie & Marcia... you had an incredible mother. I'm sure gonna miss her! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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