Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Gail (Decina) Comolli. She was raised and educated in Framingham and was a 1963 graduate of Framingham High School. Joyce also graduated from the Westborough State Hospital School of Nursing in 1965.
She worked as a LPN for the Middlesex Manor in Framingham for 15 years, Bolton Manor in Marlborough for 25 years and Marlborough Hills for five years prior to her retirement.
Joyce enjoyed shopping with her granddaughters and shopping trips to the Cape with her sister and John, deep sea fishing and going to the beach. She loved baking 25 different Christmas cookies with her son Dan and making afghans. Her favorite clothing was casual house wear. She enjoyed spending time out with Bruce, June, Peter, Linda, Paul, Gail, Beni and Joan. She coined her best male friend as being “High Maintenance” and it stuck. Joyce was a two times cancer survivor. She was strong willed, opinionated and spoke her mind. You knew where you stood with her.
In addition to her husband she is survived by her three children, John-David Minardi and his wife Cindi of Sutton, Daniel S. Minardi of Worcester, and Andrea N. Minardi and her husband Greg of Shrewsbury; one brother, John Comolli of Barnstable; one sister, Nancy Magurn of Watertown; and five grandchildren, Brooke, Alana, Julie, Jaxson and Gianna Minardi. She is also survived by her dear friends, Diane St. Pierre, Helen Martino and Dana Lopez, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 9, at 10 a.m., in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery. Calling hours at the Pickering and Son Westborough Funeral Home, 62 West Main St., Westborough, are Friday, June 8, from 4-7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or at www.stjude.org.