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Joyce Taper

Joyce Marie Taper

Wednesday, September 27th, 1933 - Sunday, January 5th, 2020
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Obituary

Joyce Marie Johnson Taper, aged 86, died on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ surrounded by her family. She was born on September 27, 1933 at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ. She grew up in Leonardo, NJ eventually accepting a position as a secretary at Fort Hancock. This is where she met the love of her life, Erwin Taper while he was stationed with the army at Fort Hancock. When Erwin was transferred to Syracuse, NY, Joyce made the decision to head north as well. On June 6, 1953, Erwin and Joyce were married on TV and featured in TV Guide as the “Ideal Couple”. After they married, they moved back to Port Monmouth, and then eventually settled permanently in Belford.

Over the years, Joyce shared her love for cooking shows, Julia Child, and rainbow cookies with her family. Joyce was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her love and sense of humor are cherished by her husband, Erwin Taper; her daughter Linda Vacca-D’Amico and son-in-law, Anthony D’Amico;
her daughter Diane Clonts and son-in-law, Michael Clonts; her seven grandchildren: Christopher Vacca and his wife Heather Vacca, Justin Vacca and his wife Kate Vacca, Jennifer Werchinski and her husband Andrew Werchinski, Melissa Murray, Catherine D’Amico, Andrew Clonts, and Matthew Clonts; her great-granddaughter, Juliet Vacca; and many of her cousins, nieces, and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Catherine Johnson. Joyce will be remembered as a valuable member of the King of Kings Lutheran Church community in Middletown, NJ.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 2-4 P.M. and 7-9 P.M. at Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home in Middletown, NJ. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at 10 A.M. at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Middletown, NJ.

Joyce’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Riverview Medical Center as well as Hackensack Meridian Health Nursing & Rehabilitation in Shrewsbury, NJ and The Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank, NJ for their hospitality and care for Joyce. They would also like to express their deepest appreciation for Gwendolyn Oates, Joyce’s caretaker in her final days.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1735 Rt 35
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home
    Address
    1735 Rt 35
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, January 9th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    King of Kings Church
    Address
    250 Harmony Rd
    MIDDLETOWN, NJ 07748
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  • Interment

    Location
    Holmdel Cemetery
    Address
    900 Holmdel Road
    HOLMDEL, NJ
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Jean and John Richards

Posted at 07:14am
Dear Linda and Family,
We are so saddened to hear of your Mother's passing. You are being kept close in prayer.
Jean and John
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Terri Bordiuk

Posted at 10:49am
Linda, Catherine and Tony; Mr. Taper & Family
So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She will be missed, but you have lovely memories.
Terri Bordiuk (Oak Hill Academy)
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Gail and Tim Matlack

Posted at 10:35pm
Linda, keeping you and family in our prayers.
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