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Joyce M. Szilier

October 8, 1924 August 12, 2023
Joyce M.  Szilier
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Joyce M. (Wertley) Szilier, 98, of Pottsville, passed away Saturday morning at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

Born in Tremont, on October 8, 1924, she was a daughter of the late George W. and Estella M. (Miller) Wertley.

She was a 1942 graduate of Tremont High School and a member of St. Patrick R.C.C., Pottsville.

Joyce was a secretary for the United States Federal Government at Indiantown Gap for 32 years, retiring in 1982.

She most enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents Joyce was preceded in death by her first husband, Peter Kurutz in 1993; second husband, Joseph B. Szilier in April 2008; and brother, William Wertley in 2003.

She is survived by daughter, Kathyrn M. Noel, wife of Ronald, of Pottsville; son, Michael D. Kurutz, husband of Anne, of Harrisburg; step-son, George Szilier, husband of Diane, of Norristown; grandchildren: Heather Hable, of Pottville; Rebecca Evans, wife of Chester, of Pottsville; Ryan Kurutz, husband of Emily, of Los Gatos, CA; U.S. Army Major Brent Kurutz, husband of Diana, of Powder Springs, GA; Thomas O’Donnell, husband of Claire, of Washington, DC; LaurenAshley Kurutz, of Harrisburg; great grandchildren: Livia and Logan Hable; Brayden, Corbin, Adalyn Evans; Haddie and Cadence Kurutz; Sam and Max Kurutz; and Rae and Everett O’Donnell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, August 16th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick R.C.C., 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, PA with Father Phil Rodgers officiating. A viewing will held at Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc., 1818 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, from 9:30a.m. until the procession will leave for the church.

Interment will follow in St. John #2 Cemetery, Pottsville.

The family request contributions in Joyce's memory be sent to: St. Patrick Memorial Fund, 319 Mahantongo St., Pottsville, PA 17901.

Lord-Bixler Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

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