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Edward James Joyce

Male 1866 - 1942  (76 years)


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  • Name Edward James Joyce 
    Born 3 January 1866  Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Furniture worker 
    Died 3 December 1942  Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 7 December 1942  Woodlawn Cemetery, Grand Rapids Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1885 Grand Rapids City Directory
      Bridget (wid Austin) Joyce, res 37 Goodrich
      Austin Joyce, teamster, bds 37 Goodrich
      Edward Joyce, salesman Wm A Berkey, bds 37 Goodrich

      Kent County marriage licenses indicate Edward and Cora were married on April 26, 1888. Both lived in Grand Rapids and were 22. His father was Austin Joyce and his mother was unknown. Her parents were Berdette Monrow and Caroline Simons. She was born in Bennington, MI and he in Grand Rapids. He was a clerk, she was not employed. They were married at St. Andrews Cathedral in Grand Rapids by Thomas L. Whalen, Asst. priest. Edward Eajan and Celia Fitzgerald were witnesses.

      1889 Grand Rapids City Directory
      Bridget (wid Austin) Joyce, res 37 Goodrich
      Austin Joyce, clk P Kusterer, bds 37 Goodrich

      1889 Grand Rapids City Directory
      Bridget (wid Austin) Joyce, res 16 Ney
      Austin Joyce, driver Thomas Wasson, bds 16 Ney
      Edward Joyce, mach hd Wm A Berkey Furn Co, res 16 Ney

      1893 Grand Rapids City Directory
      Edward J Joyce, clk, res 16 Ney

      Grand Rapids Press, 28 April 1893, Page 3
      Clubs and Parties
      Mr. and Mrs. Edward Joyce celebrated the 5th anniversary of their wedding last Friday evening at their home, 10 Ney street. About 135 guests were present. The house was beautifully decorated with potted plants and stillax. They received many valuable and useful presents, among them being a beautiful sideboard from the employees of the William A. Berkey Furniture company, of which Mr. Joyce has been an employee for a number of years. Music, dancing and card playing were indulged in until late in the evening.

      1894 Michigan Census. Grand Rapids, Kent County
      Edward Joyse, husband, 28
      Cora M. Joyse, wife, 27
      Herald E. Joyse, son, 4
      Cora M. Joyse, daughter, 2
      Edith A. Joyse, daughter, 0

      Grand Rapids Press, 2 May 1899, Page 3
      City News in Brief
      Edward Joyce of No. 16 Ney street, an employee of the William A. Berkey Furniture company for the past 18 years, left yesterday for Cripple Creek, Col. where he has accepted a permanent position.

      1900 Federal Census. Teller Cty, Cripple Creek, Colorado
      Roll 129. SD 2, ED 126, sheet 8b.
      100 Bison St., dwelling 187, family 187
      Edward J. Joyce, b. Jan 1866, 34, parents b. Ireland, miner
      Cora M. Joyce, b. May 1866, 34, father b. OH, mother b. NY, miner
      Harold Joyce, b. Nov 1890, 9
      Madeline Joyce, b. Jan 1892, 8
      Aileen, b. Mar 1893, 7
      Beulah, b. Sep 1897, 2
      Mariam, b. Dec 1899, 2 months
      All were born in Michigan.

      Grand Rapids Press, 22 September 1902, Page 6
      LOCAL NEWS
      Edward Joyce of 18 Ney street left last evening for the West, where he will again resume work in the gold mining district of Cripple Creek, Colo.

      Grand Rapids Press, 6 May 1903, Page 9
      Personals
      Edward Joyce, who has been visiting his family for the past four weeks at 18 Ney street, started for the West last evening, where he will resume work in the gold district of Cripple Creek, Colo.

      Grand Rapids Press, 15 November 1904, Page 9
      Talked in the Town
      Edward Joyce of 18 Ney street met with a bad accident at the William a. Berkey furniture factory on Market street, his arm being fractured in three places. He also sustained cuts about the head and face. He was taken in the ambulance, to St. Mary’s hospital, where he is doing as well as could be expected.

      Grand Rapids Press, 8 July 1905, Page 5
      Personals
      Edward Joyce of the Wm.A. Berkey Furniture company, is receiving congratulations on the birth of a little daughter which arrived at his home, 18 Ney street, last Saturday. (Bernice)

      Grand Rapids City Directory 1910
      Aleen Joyce, bds 18 Ney.
      Bridget (wid Austin) Joyce, bds 18 Ney.
      Edward J. Joyce, mach hd Berkey Furn Co, h 18 Ney
      Harold E. Joyce, candymkr, bds 18 Ney.
      Madeline Joyce, bkpr, bds 18 Ney.

      1910 Federal Census, 1-WD Grand Rapids, Kent County Michigan
      Series: T624 Roll: 656 Page: 130
      SD 5, ED 51, sheet 15
      18 May[?] St., dwelling 230, family 330
      Edward Joyce, head of family, age 43, m. 22 years, b. MI., parents b. Ireland, sander in furniture co.
      Cora Joyce, wife, 42, m. 22 years, 9 children, 8 living, b. MI., father b. OH, mother b. NY
      Herald Joyce, son, 20, b. MI., candy maker
      Madeline Joyce, daughter, 18, b. MI.
      Aileen Joyce, daughter, 16, b. MI.
      Beulah Joyce, daughter, 12, b. MI.
      Elleanor Joyce, daughter, 10, b. CO.
      Gaylord Joyce, son, 7, b. MI.
      Bernice Joyce, daughter, 5, b. MI.
      Helen Joyce, b. MI.
      Bridget Joyce, 78, b. Ireland.

      Grand Rapids Press, 13 October 1913, Page 1
      Will Give Farewell Reception.
      Mr. and Mrs. Edward Joyce of 247 Jefferson avenue, S.E., will entertain Monday night with a farewell reception for Mr. and Mrs. George Ives,who will leave Tuesday noon for their new home at Twin Falls, Ida., where Mr. Ives, who has been in ill health for some time, hopes to be benefited.

      Grand Rapids Press, 31 July 1917, Page 12
      VETERANS GIVE TO CATHOLIC WAR FUND
      Veterans of the Michigan Soldiers Home showed their appreciation of the work being done by the Knights of Columbus in establishing recreation centers at the army camps by contributing to a pot of $41. This amount was turned over to the war fund committee at the noon luncheon Tuesday. Edward Joyce was chairman of the committee which collected the veterans’ donations.
      A surprise was sprung Monday noon when D. E. Gietzen turned in checks totaling $144. The committees were unaware that Gietzen was canvassing for funds. W. weiden contributed $25 and the Marquette Lumber company $30.
      It was announced Tuesday noon the campaign proper will close Wednesday noon, but that a few committees will continue at work until the middle of August. Campaign Manager james R. Fitzpatrick expects to have at least $6,000 to report at the final luncheon Wednesday.

      Grand Rapids Press, 12 September 1917, Page 10
      Pulte Is Honored By Knights of Columbus
      William Pulte has been chosen grand knight of Grand Rapids council, Knights of Columbus. Other officers elected are as follows: Deputy grand knight, B. A. Talbot; financial secretary, Lewis Allen; chancellor, Gustave Richter; advocate, Francis A. Stace; warden, Erwin Billo; Inside guard, Louis Gopford, outer guard, John Knape; treasurere, Ray Conlon. A.B. O’Brien will succeed himself on the board of trustees and Martin Dowd and Edward Joyce are the other two members who will serve for terms of three years.

      1920 Federal Census. 2-WD Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI
      Series: T625 Roll: 778 Page: 214.
      201 Leonard Ave., dwelling 194, family 228.
      Edward Joyce, head, age 52, b. MI, parents b. Ireland, cabinet maker
      Cora Joyce, wife, 51, b. MI, parents b. MI
      Madlyn Joyce, daughter, 27, b. MI, secretary private
      Buehla Joyce, daughter, 19, b. MI, stenographer office
      Bernice Joyce, daughter, 14, b. MI
      Helen Joyce, daughter, 10, b. MI
      Alein Hill, daughter, 25, b. MI, hair dresser
      Barbra Hill, granddaughter, 1 4/12, b. MI
      William Butinan, lodger, 46, b. MI, electrician
      Nellie Warren, lodger, 49, b. MI, studio

      1930 Federal Census. Grand Rapids, Kent Co., MI
      Roll 1002, Sheet 15b & 16a. ED 60, Page 15b
      216 James Ave, Dwelling 23, Family 26
      Edward J. Joyce, head, age 64, b. MI, parents b. in Irish Free State, m. 22 years, rents home, sander in furn. fac.
      Cora M. Joyce, wife, 63, b. MI, father b. Ohio, mother b. NY
      Eleanor L. Joyce, daughter, 30, b. Colorado, teacher
      Bernice H. Joyce, daughter, 24, b. MI, parents, b. MI, bookkeeper
      Helen L. Joyce, daughter, 20, b. ditto, beautition
      Ailien J. Hills, daughter, 36, b. ditto, divorced
      Barbara J. Hills, granddaughter, 11, b. MI, father b. California, mother b. MI
      Mary E. Hills, granddaughter, 9, b. MI, father b. California, mother b. MI
      Herbert A. Joyce, border, 26, single, b. MI, parents born in Canada English, electrical engineer
      Palmer Eatn, border, 24, b. Mi, parents b. MI, electrical engineer
      Helen Jensen, border, 22, b. MI, parents b. Denmark, stenographer

      A picture of Edward J. and Cora on an invitation shaped like a bell indicates the commemoration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1938. They were married in 1888.

      Article from the Grand Rapids Press, 23 Apr 1938:
      Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Joyce to Celebrate Anniversary
      Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. Joyce of Cherry st. will hold open house on Saturday afternoon in honor of their fiftieth wedding anniversary. They will renew their vows at 9 o’clock mass in St. Andrew’s Cathedral with Msgr. D. E. Malone officiating.
      Leonard F. Howe, violinist, will furnish music and will be accompanied at the organ by Eugene J. Phillips. Vocal selections will be sung by Mrs. Harry Burgess, granddaughter, and Mrs. Claton Packard. The late Rev. Thomas Whalen officiated at the ceremony in the same church 50 years ago.
      Following mass, breakfast will be served in Owen manor for the family and relatives.
      Mrs. Joyce, the former Cora Monroe, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Burdette Monroe, was born at Bennington Station in 1867 and came to Grand Rapids at the age of 18 years. Mr Joyce was born on the site of the present St. Mary’s church in 1868. He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Austin Joyce, who were one of the first families to settle on the old plot on Goodrich St. Mr. Joyce has been employed for 55 years by the William A. Berkey Furniture company.
      The couple has nine children, five of whom are living. They ar Mrs. Aileen Hills, Mrs. Leonard F. Howe, Mrs. Joseph A. Potchen, and Mrs. J. Condon Zant of Grand Rapids, and Mrs. Edward T. Hannon of Ludington. There are eighteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
      Mr. and Mrs. Loren Cady of Lafayette av. entertained at an Easter dinner, honoring their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joyce. Places were laid for seven guests.

      1940 Federal Census. Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan
      Roll 1900, page 3B
      201 LaGrange Street
      Edward J. Joyce, head, 74, 8th grade
      Cora M. Joyce, wife, 72, 8th grade
      Eillen Hills, daughter, 46, 1 year HS, beautician, own business
      Mary Hills, granddaughter, 18, 3 years HS
      Louis W. Monroe, brother-in-law, 61, divorced, 5th grade
      All were born in Michigan living in the same house as five years ago.

      Grand Rapids Herald, Aug 4, 1940.
      RETIRES AFTER 57 YEARS; NOW 'WHAT TO DO' PUZZLES
      Edward J. Joyce Goes into Second Day of a Permanent Vacation from Factory

      Every morning for 57 years -- barring layoffs -- Edward J. Joyce of 120 Cherry St., SE has gone to work for the William A. Berkey Furniture company. Fifty seven years, winter and summer, cold weather and hot, he's been at work for the one firm and since 1886 on the same job, a sanding machine.
      That's long enough for any man, so on Friday, Mr. Joyce went to work for the last time, and today he is well into the second day of retirement and wondering what to do with his time.
      Mrs. Joyce has a few ideas, such as running a vacuum cleaner and drying dishes, but whether that will fill the time of a man who has always been a hard worker remains to be seen.
      Plant on Hotel Site
      The William A. Berkey company was located on the site of the Pantlind Hotel when Mr. Joyce went there to work as a furniture salesman. The firm sold furniture then as well as made it. Mr. Joyce was born here 78 years ago, son of Mr. and Mrs. Austin Joyce who built the first house in the Ellsworth division at what was then 37 Goodrich St., SE.
      A short time after Mr. Joyce started work, Berkey's was moved to 71 Camal St. NW, a bit further north, and then in 1885 came the move to the present location, 55 Market Ave., NW.
      In 1888, Mr Joyce married Miss Cora Monroe in St. Andrew's cathedral. Mrs. Joyce is a native of Bennington, MI., but had come in 1886 to live in Grand Rapids. They celebrated their golden wedding on April 25, 1938, by renewing their vows in the cathedral, in which Mr. Joyce had been "brought up."
      Five of their nine children are still living, and, although money has never been plentiful in the Joyce home, all had high school educations, two finished college and one had two or three years college training.
      The five daughters, all of whom live in or near Grand Rapids, are Mrs. Aileen Joyce Hills, who live with her parents at 120 Cheery St. SE,; Mrs. Leonard F. Howe, 111 Carleton Ave., SE; Mrs. Joseph A. Potchen, 1145 Edison Road NW; Mrs. Edward T. Hannon, 828 Prospect Ave., SE, and Mrs J. Condon Zant, 211 Leonard St. NW. There are also 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
      Mr. Joyce is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Modern Woodmen and of Holy Name Society.

      —————
      OBITUARY: Dec 4, 1942 Grand Rapids Herald
      FORMER BERKEY EMPLOYEE FOR 55 YEARS PASSES

      Edward J. Joyce, 78, lifelong resident of of Grand Rapids and until his retirement three years ago an employee of the William A. Berkey Furniture company for 55 years, died at his home, 120 Cherry, Thursday, after a long illness.
      Mr. and Mrs. Joyce celebrated their golden wedding anniversary three years ago, renewing their vows in St. Andrew's cathedral, where they were married. Mr. Joyce was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name society of St. Andrew's cathedral and the Modern Woodman lodge.
      Besides his widow, Cora, he is survived by his daughters, Mrs. Neil DeSmit, Mrs. Aileen Hills, Mrs. Leonard F. Howe, Mrs. Joseph A. Potchen, Mrs. Edward T. Hannon and Mrs. J. Condon Zant; 17 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
      Funeral services will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Andrew's cathedral, with burial in Woodlawn cemetary.

      Obituary, Grand Rapids Press:
      Edward J. Joyce, 78, lifelong resident of Grand Rapids, died at his home, 120 Cherry-st., S. E., Thursday morning after a prolonged illness. Until his retiement three [photo inserted] years ago he had been an employe of the William A. Berkey Furniture Co. 55 years. He and Mrs. Joyce celebrated their golden wedding anniversary three years ago. They renewed their vows at St. Andrew’s cathedral, where they wer originally married.
      Mr. Joyce was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Name society of of St. Andrew’s cathedral and the Modern Woodman lodge.
      Besides his widow, Cora, he is survived by six daughters: Mrs. Neil De Smit, Mrs. Aileen Hills, Mrs. Leonard F. How, Mrs. Joseph A. Potchen, Mrs. Edward T. Hannnon and Mrs. J. Condan Zant, seventeen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
      The body is at the residence.

      Death Certificate: Edward J. Joyce was bor 5 January 1866 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He died 3 December 1842 and was 76 years old at death. He was married and his parents were Austin Joyce and Bridgett Toot. "Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KF3G-7FF : accessed 30 Apr 2013), Edward J Joyce, 1942.

      Grand Rapids City Cemeteries
      Name: Edward J. Joyce
      WOODLAWN CEMETERY
      BLOCK B
      Lot :202_A
      Space :4
      Date of death: 12/03/1942
      Funeral director: Greenhoe, Mr. B. W.
      Service date: 12/07/1942 [1]
    Person ID I3924  Schirado
    Last Modified 1 January 2016 

    Father Austin Joyce,   b. about 1825, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 December 1872, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Mother Bridget Toot,   b. about 1830, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 September 1912, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Married before 1855 
    Family ID F375  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Cora May Monroe,   b. 16 May 1867, Bennington Township, Shiawassee County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 January 1951, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 25 April 1888  St. Andrew's Cathedral, Grand Rapids, MI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. (infant child) Joyce,   b. 9 September 1888, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 September 1888, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +2. Harold Edward Joyce,   b. 18 November 1889, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 April 1920, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years)
     3. Madlyn Cora Joyce,   b. January 1892, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 July 1925, Plainfield Township, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years)
    +4. Aileen Edith Joyce,   b. 14 March 1894, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 June 1986, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    +5. Beulah Marie Joyce,   b. 6 September 1897, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 September 1985, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    +6. Eleanore Lorrain Joyce,   b. 23 December 1899, Cripple Creek, CO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 July 1996, East Lansing, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
     7. Gaylord Theodore Joyce,   b. 15 June 1902, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 October 1917, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)
    +8. Bernice Joyce,   b. 1 July 1905, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 April 1978, Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +9. Helen L. Joyce,   b. 13 May 1909, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 October 1993, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Family ID F274  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S548] Grand Rapids City Cemeteries.


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