Joyce (Starkey) Silk, 71, of Jeannette, Hempfield Township, PA passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021 at Forbes Hospital Monroeville, PA following a hard-fought battle with COPD. Joyce was born April 28, 1949 in Morgantown, WV; the youngest daughter of the late Charles Virgil and Wilma Starkey.
She is survived by her husband Jerry, of 43 years and son, Chad Silk and grandchildren Cole and Cali all of Jeannette. Also surviving are sons: Dan (Linda) Silk of Waverly, VA; Jerry (Patti) Silk of Ayleet, VA; and Jeff of Derby, KS. Additional surviving grandchildren include: Corey Cramer (Lenora Metheney), Michael Silk; Brittany Jones, Christopher (Magan) Silk; Dominique (Eddie) Arnold; Daniele Silk and JT Silk. Also surviving Joyce are great-grandchildren Kaylee Cramer, Caden Silk and Ryatt Jones. Joyce is also survived by her sister Judy (George) Foster of Port Charlotte, FL; niece Brandy (Jake) Hutchinson; and great-nieces Gracie Kershner and Abby Buretz. Joyce was a 1967 graduate of Morgantown High School and attended West Virginia University. Prior to her retirement, she was employed by USX Federal Credit Union New Stanton Branch. Prior to her illness she was an avid golfer and loved vacationing in St. Maarten.The family wishes to acknowledge a special group of high school class-mates, “The Ruby’s Group’ and two very special ladies who shared their friendships with Joyce throughout her life – Karen Keener Guminey of Morgantown, WV and Theresa Lowry of Glasgow, VA. Visitation will be held on Monday January 11th from 10am until Noon in the Mason-Gelder Funeral Home, Inc. Jeannette. Due to current CDC guidelines, masks are required in the building and social distancing should be practiced. A limited number of people are allowed in the building at a time. A graveside service will take place at Noon on Tuesday at Westmoreland Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County in her memory. To send online condolences visit www.mason-gelder.com.
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