Joyce Brace

Joyce C. Brace (DiRocco)

Friday, August 31st, 1951 - Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
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Obituary

Joyce C. (DiRocco) Brace, 67 of Dracut, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

Born on August 31, 1951 in Lowell, MA, she was a daughter of the late Donato J. and the late Josephine (Schiripo) DiRocco. She attended Dracut High School graduating with the class of 1969. Joyce was a civil service government employee for many years working in various places around the world including secretary to an Army senior commanding officer. She also worked for Lowell General Hospital and Saro Chiropractic. However, to Joyce, her most important job was caring for her son Justin, who has ALS, in her home. Justin’s care was always her top priority no matter what.

Joyce was always involved in Dracut sports with her sons, especially hockey. She was there for every game and practice cheering them on for many years. She always enjoyed being a Cub Scout den mother and team mother in several sports.

Joyce is survived by two sons, Justin and Timothy Brace of Dracut, a sister and brother in law, Judith and John Dyer, a brother, Donato DiRocco and his girlfriend Linda Runyon, all of Dracut, a nephew, Marc DiRocco of Lawrence, a grandnephew, Joey DiRocco of Dunstable, who she adored and spoiled. She also leaves many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Special appreciation to her cousins Gail Vachon and Dale Rowe, her dedicated caregivers, for their unending support and love.

Friends may call at DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., Dracut, on Monday, April 29, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Her funeral will be held at the Funeral home on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:00 AM followed by interment in Oakland Cemetery in Dracut. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Justin Brace ALS Fund, c/o Gail Vachon, 31 Alfred Drive, Dracut, MA 01826. To leave an online condolence, story or message please visit us at www.dracutfuneralhome.com or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home."
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, April 29th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Monday, April 29th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Dracut Funeral Home
    Address
    2159 Lakeview Avenue
    DRACUT, MA 01826
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  • Service

    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Dracut Funeral Home
    Address
    2159 Lakeview Avenue
    DRACUT, MA 01826
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  • Interment

    Location
    Oakland Cemetery
    Address
    Pine Valley Drive
    DRACUT, MA 01826
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Kay

Posted at 12:41pm
I am so very sorry for your loss of Joyce, even though I didn’t get to know her personally. Losing a dear loved one in death can be very distressing for us to go through. I hope you can find comfort from the words found at Acts 24:15 which says,”There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” What a wonderful time that will be to reunite with our loved ones again. For more comforting promises from the Bible check out jw.org.
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Gail Theriault

Posted at 02:05pm
Dear Gail, I am saddened to learn of your Aunt Joyce's passing. I worked with her many years ago at MVOA. I also worked with you there when I worked for Dr. Garg. She was a very sweet lady and I really liked her. Sorry to read about her passing. Gail T.
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Denise Marcotte

Posted at 12:58pm
My deepest condolences. I always held a special place in my heart for Joyce because as a young girl I was a junior bridesmaid in her wedding. It was exciting and thrilling. She was so kind and loving and will not be forgotten. My heart goes out to Justin.
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