Joyce A. Bernard


Joyce A. Bernard died peacefully on January 23, 2012 at the Falmouth Care Nursing Home in Falmouth surrounded by her children.

Joyce was born on September 27, 1932 in Attleboro to Joseph and Agnes (Juskiewicz) Sydeski. She was predeceased by her only brother, Joseph Sydeski Jr.

Over the years Joyce has had many jobs, from working at Sears as the head booker to caring for a couple in Edgartown whom she adored for many years. But most of all she was a loving mother and grandmother and friend to many.

Before she became ill Joyce was a resident of Woodside Village in Oak Bluffs. She really enjoyed all of her friends there and was always making new ones. She wrote the monthly newsletter and planned the weekly get-togethers with friends and even birthday parties. She even would make sure to bake the cake or make cupcakes, which she loved to do. Holidays were a fun time for her, making candy apples and baking for her children and their friends which many still talk about. Halloween she loved seeing all the children in costumes.

Spring was always Joyce’s favorite time of the year when the flowers started to bloom and the weather was getting warm. It always brought a big smile to her face.

Joyce is survived by her children, Kathleen Meyer and her husband, Gregory, of Sunapee N.H., Mary Johnson and her husband, Kenneth, of Edgartown, Rick Bernard of Edgartown, Stephanie Boudreau and her husband, Keith, of Plymouth, and Bill Bernard and Jill Maiorana of Oak Bluffs and Falmouth.

She also leaves behind the greatest joys in her life — her grandchildren Katie and Ashley Meyer, William and Michael Johnson, Travis, Alyssa, Anthony, and Joseph Bernard. Joyce was predeceased by two grandchildren, Danielle Arsenault and Christopher Bernard.

A memorial service is being planned for this Spring.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.