Joyce Conner passed away on October 31,2021. Joyce was born December 9th, 1933 in Rochester, New York, the daughter of the late Raymond and Helen Cellura. Her sister Leah Elizabeth “Betty” Gaesser and her brothers Angel Raymond and Charles Richard Cellura predecease her.
She was the matriarch of a large family. She was mom to nine children – Colleen Conner Ziegler (Tom Ziegler), David Conner (Kelli), Raymond Conner, Timothy Conner (Mimi), Terrance Conner (Laura), Nicholas Conner (Penni), Kelly Conner (Honorable Chris Walczyk), Philip Conner (Erin) and Joyce Conner-Boyd, Ph.D (Ralph Boyd). She was grandma to twelve grandchildren, who she loved dearly. Her sister Marilyn O’Keefe, as well as nieces and nephews who brought her much joy, also survive Joyce.
Joyce was a creative spirit, with music and art playing an integral part of her life from an early age. She had a beautiful alto voice and she loved to sing. As a child she sang professionally and later in life she shared her love of song with her grandchildren. Every holiday was a reason for celebration for Joyce, especially Christmas. Joyce was a serious scrabble player and took no prisoners when she played. She will always be remembered for her strength and persistence in the face of adversity and her deep and abiding love for her friends and family. Her kind and generous spirit has moved on but will not be forgotten.
A private Remembrance of Joyce’s life will be held.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in the memory of Joyce to Isaiah House.
71 Prince Street, Rochester, New York. 14605. theisaiahhouse.org
Kelly, Chris & family,
We send our deepest sympathy as you mourn the loss of such a wonderful mom. Love, hugs and prayers are being sent your way as you mourn and celebrate her life, Keith & Becky Gifford
Colleen, Taya, Tom and family, I’m so sorry for the loss of Joyce. I remember meeting her a couple times and she was such a caring and kind person. She’ll always be remembered as a fun loving mother and grandmother. My family and I send our condolences. We’ll be praying for all of you during this difficult time. God Bless. Love the Geen Family
Terry, Laura, Troy, and Shannon – Thinking of you all at this difficult time and sending love and prayers to you all. The first thing I thought of when I saw the date you mom passed away is she woke up in Heaven the very next day on All Saints Day. I know she will be missed by so many but I hope the wonderful memories you shared together with provide you with great comfort during this difficult time. With love, Marjorie
So many fond memories of Aunt Joyce! Especially the last conversation we had this past Summer. It was a special moment and I will remember it forevermore. It was filled with beautiful recollection, love and light. She was chatty, vibrant, positive and at peace.
Love your mother in heaven and love all of the memories! ❤️
My sincere condolences! May you find peace!
Kelly, Chris , and family ,
So sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I know she meant the world to you .
Cherish all your memories.
My Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this difficult time,