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Joyce (Kelley) Barbieri

December 2, 1944 ~ April 24, 2022 (age 77)


Joyce Anne (Kelley) Barbieri 

Sarasota, Florida - Joyce (Kelley) Barbieri, 77, of Sarasota, Florida. Loving partner, mother, nana, sister, aunt and friend passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loved ones Sunday, April 24th, 2022. 

Joyce leaves behind her partner of almost 30 years, Kenneth Ward, her three children Richard Barbieri, Jr., Kimberly (Barbieri) Porter & Susan (Barbieri) Claussen. She also leaves behind her two granddaughters Makayla & Amanda Porter. Joyce was predeceased by her father Donald J. Kelley, mother Grace E. (Gaskill) Kelley and Joyce’s former husband Richard Barbieri Sr. Joyce is also survived by her siblings Carol (Kelley) Spano, Janice Kelley, and Judith (Kelley) Cain as well as a niece and nephews. 

Joyce was born in Brighton then lived and graduated from Wakefield, Massachusetts High School in 1962. She also lived in Billerica and Berlin, Massachusetts before settling in Leominster in the late 1970’s where Joyce lived until 2007 when she retired to Sarasota, Florida. 

Early in her corporate career, Joyce worked at John Hancock in Boston. Shortly after moving to Leominster, she worked at the Massachusetts Office of Health & Human Services as an Office Administrator. Joyce then worked as an Executive Secretary for Data General for many years. In addition to working a full-time job and raising three kids by herself, Joyce also worked for the IRS part-time at night. She also earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Mount Wachusett Community College in 1984. More recently, Joyce started her own very successful cleaning business, “Joy to Clean”, where she always went the extra mile. 

As a dance enthusiast, Joyce was well-known for her endless energy. She relished the beach, singing, music, gardening, interior design and savoring restaurants. Most of all, Joyce loved being a Mother and Nana where she was a kind friend and trusted advisor. She always worried about the wellbeing of those close to her and was always there when needed. Everyone who crossed paths with her adored her. Joyce will be very deeply missed but her sunshine will continue to warm our hearts. 

BARBIERI - Calling hours for Joyce will be held on Friday May 6th at Richardson Funeral Home, 106 West Street, Leominster, MA. Public calling hours are from 10:00  - 11:00 a.m. A private burial will be held in Evergreen Cemetery, 357 Main Street, Leominster, MA. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joyce’s memory to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund at curealz.org/giving/donate/.


May 6, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Richardson Funeral Home
106 West Street
Leominster, MA 01453

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