Renee G. Joyce

  • Born: November 7, 1953
  • Died: August 31, 2021
  • Location: Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

D'Anjolell Memorial Home of Broomall

2811 West Chester Pike
Broomall, PA 19008
Tel. (610) 356-4200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Sister, Aunt and Friend

I will see you again with the eye of my heart —Lakota saying

Renee G Joyce (Previously Known As Ina J Hecker, née Shapiro) passed on August 31, 2021 from complications of pancreatic cancer. She was 67 years old.

Renee was born in Brooklyn and grew up in North Jersey. After graduating from Lafayette College, where she majored in Anthropology/Sociology, she attended Wesleyan University, receiving her Master's Degree in Cultural Anthropology. Miss Joyce spent her professional career as an editor, researcher, and grant writer. She worked as a manuscript editor for several NYC publishing houses, copyediting both popular and mass-market books. She went on to edit medical pieces, including books, academic journal articles, continuing medical education materials, and pharmaceutical publications. She served as Managing Editor of Pfizer Labs for several years. Miss Joyce also worked as a medical researcher and a clinical trials coordinator.

Miss Joyce resided in Manhattan and then, Brooklyn, after completing her academic degrees. She went on to live in Louisiana for many years. She was a member of a forensic psychiatry team at LSU Medical School, New Orleans, which created a program to revamp medical and psychological services
for children serving time in maximum security prisons in Louisiana. The program became a basis for national models.

Renee returned to the Northeast in 2013, where she resided in Newtown Square, PA. She retired in 2015. Miss Joyce was a true advocate for shelter animals. She was known for her love of dogs. She volunteered for several SPCAs and humane societies in both Louisiana and Pennsylvania.
She also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) while residing in St. Tammany Parish, LA, and as a literacy teacher for adults.

Renee G. Joyce is survived by her brother, Stanley Genser, his wife, Charla Gardner, their children, and several cousins, along with a multitude of wonderful friends.

Condolence & Memory Journal


My friend. We lost touch many years ago and I Googled you today only to find out you had left this world. Fly high and watch over all of us. The world is a little less bright now. May you rest in the sweetest peace.

Posted by Denise Frontin - EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Friend   October 06, 2021

I grew up with Renee, in the same town - her 9-month younger cousin. You were one of my true "go tos" - when sad or joyful, confused or rock solid... you were one of the main people in my life I wanted to share those times with. You were such a good listener, gave such great feedback - you always had something "right" to say. And, when we weren't talking about the personal you or me or the family, we talked about ideas, information... life. I miss you.

Posted by Pamela Pine - Glenn Dale, MD - Family   September 13, 2021

I always enjoyed running into you while walking our pups in Greene Countrie. We will all miss you around here. Thinking of all her family and friends during this time. Rest In Peace.

Posted by Katelyn - Neighbor   September 09, 2021

Rest in Peace my friend. You were one amazing lady. The Village is not the same without you. I miss you but I am grateful for all the times we had, especially these last few months.

Posted by Sarah Schank - Newtown Square, PA - Friend   September 08, 2021

I loved Renee and my life is so much more enriched by having you as a friend. I miss you and know that you are in the good, loving arms of God. I will never forget you.

Posted by Karen Eachus - Newtown Square, PA - Friend   September 08, 2021

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