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Joyce "Joy" H. Lance

February 2, 1943 - April 24, 2019
Born in Newark, New Jersey
Resided in Franklin Borough, New Jersey


Joyce H. Lance "Joy", 76, of Franklin Borough, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Barn Hill Care Center in Newton.

Joy, as she was known by all, was born in Newark to the late Michael and Anna (nee Storch) Zemencsik. She was raised in Newark prior to the family relocating to Randolph, then moved to Dover after she was married and raising a family. Joy worked for many years as a secretary, beginning her career at Quaker State Oil, then worked for CCM before moving to Colorado, where she worked for Coors Brewing Company. Finally, she returned to New Jersey and began working for NKBA in Hackettstown until her retirement. After her retirement, she began working for 1040 Tax Service in Newton.

Joy loved to cook and entertain, which allowed her to show her appreciation for the many friendships she cherished. A strong woman with a giving heart, Joy always supported and helped her children, who were her main priority. She found peace in her gardening and would spend hours making sure her landscape was perfect. Throughout her life, Joy enjoyed traveling and, in later years, she valued simple car rides anywhere she could go. Joy will be dearly missed, from her loving warm-hearted nature to her infamous quotes like, "Have keys, we'll go!"

Joy is survived by her daughter, Anna-Marie Lance of Danville, CA; and her son, Richard Lance and wife, Valerie, of Andover Township, NJ; as well as many family and friends.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High St, Newton.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241, the American Lung Association, PO Box 10188 #37214, Newark, NJ 07101, or to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215. Online condolences may be offered at

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