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.