Joyce Schaefer

Joyce Schaefer, a loving mother of three, passed away on Friday, January 18, 2019 at the age of 77. 

Born and raised in Glen Rock, by Dottie and Clifford Jordan, she was a 1960 graduate of Glen Rock High School. Joyce attended the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she earned a BSN, and went on to work as a nurse and researcher for many years at Overlook Hospital and Drew University.

A resident of Mendham since 1969, and a devoted member of Hilltop Presbyterian Church for 50 years, she took great pride in the church community and activities, particularly her Bible study group. Joyce had a lifelong love of the shore, having spent her childhood summers in South Mantoloking, and jumped at every chance to visit a beach, particularly those near Charleston, SC. A perfect day for Joyce involved the simple pleasures of a glass of iced tea, a seafood dinner and watching the sunset. She also loved being a grandmother and hosting her grandchildren for play dates, which always involved a great selection of cookies.

Joyce is survived by her children Julie, Richard, and Jeff (Betsy); her grandchildren, William and Kara; her sister, Carole (Louis); and her four grand-dogs Buddy, Bear, Cassie and Moose.

Visiting hours will be held from 4pm - 7pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, 101 S Finley Ave, Basking Ridge, NJ. Funeral Service will be at Hilltop Presbyterian Church, 20 Hilltop Road, Mendham, NJ on Thursday, January 24 at 11 am, followed by a burial at Somerset Hills Memorial Park.

Memorial donations in memory of Joyce can be made to Hilltop Presbyterian Church or any breast cancer research foundation. For further information, or to leave a condolence message for the family please visit