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Joyce (nee Lehmbeck) Lombardi of Nutley passed away peacefully on December 23 at the age of 90, after a long illness. Joyce had recently moved to Woodland Park after living in Nutley for most of her life. Visitation will be at Biondi Funeral Home of Nutley 540 Franklin Avenue on Thursday, December 28 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The funeral will be conducted from the Funeral Home at 9:00am. The Funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas the Apostle Church 60 Byrd Avenue Bloomfield on Friday December 29 at 10:00am.The Entombment will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery Chapel Mausoleum 712 Grove Street Montclair.
Joyce was born and raised in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. She attended Lyndhurst High School where at graduation, she received an award for highest achievement in mathematics. She then attended Montclair State University as a mathematics major where she was a member of the Modern Dance club and Dalphac sorority and was elected to the New Jersey Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national honorary mathematics society.
It was also at Montclair State that she met Louis Lombardi, her classmate, her soulmate, and her future husband. Joyce and Louis were married soon after graduation and remained inseparable and in love for the next sixty-nine years. By 1961, they had settled into their family home in Nutley where they lived for the next sixty years and raised their two children, Wendy and Robert.
Joyce began her teaching career at Livingston High School and later the North Arlington school system. Several years later, she retired from full time teaching to raise her two children, while occasionally spending time as a substitute teacher in the Nutley school system. When Wendy and Robert were grown, Joyce began a new full- time career as a Bond Underwriter at Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland and, after twenty years, she retired as head of the Financial Institution.
Joyce and her husband loved to travel. By car, they traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico, driving coast-to-coast twice. They made seven trips to Europe, and also visited Russia, China, Hawaii, Alaska, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.
Joyce loved her family, and her first thoughts were always to make them happy and secure.
She is survived by her beloved husband Louis, her devoted children Wendy and Robert Lombardi and his wife Carmen and her four cherished grandchildren Juliet, Robert, David, and Louis.
She was pre-deceased by her parents Charles and Florence (nee O’Conner) Lehmbeck.