JOYCE – Stephen When New York-raised Stephen Joyce began medical school at the University of Buffalo, he had no idea he was destined to become a true Buffalonian. Steve excelled in his medical studies, but more importantly he met Mary Ann Carlo from Buffalo, a daring young nurse whose mind, intellect and faith matched his intelligence and ambition. In his final year of medical school, he took Mary Ann to a Buffalo Bills game, casually threw a box with an engagement ring on her, and asked, “What about that, kid? On June 1, 1963, Steve and Mary Ann were married in St. Thomas Aquinas Parish. The newlyweds spent a year in Chicago while Stephen finished his residency, where they welcomed their first child, Stephen Joseph. The new family returned to Buffalo for good, where Steve would set up his medical practice. The Joyce family grew quickly with the arrival of Jennifer, Paul, Mary Claire and Ian. Steve built a thriving orthopedic practice and served as a team physician for the Buffalo Braves, Buffalo Stallions and several local schools. A longtime learner, Stephen could be found in his home office reading books on American history and discussing many areas with anyone brave enough to step into his private space. Mary Ann raised five rowdy children, took the whole family to church weekly, remained active in her community, welcomed everything into her home, and was often caught singing and dancing in her kitchen. Family adventures included “The Winnebago Trip”, running the Colorado Rapids and many summers in Thunder Bay. As the kids got older, Steve and Mary Ann focused on giving back to the Buffalo community. Mary Ann has held leadership positions with the Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund, the Roswell Park Alliance, and has been a longtime friend of the West Side Rowing Club. Later in her life, Mary Ann joined the Garret Club, where she found an outlet for her competitive side by playing bridge. When a colleague spoke to Stephen about a teacher shortage at the University of Buffalo, he answered the call to teach first-year medical students in anatomy, finding great satisfaction in guiding medical students. new doctors through this important material. After a series of joyous wedding celebrations, the family has grown to include 13 grandchildren. The family stayed close, spending summers together at home on the beach, feasting on Grandma’s meatballs and playing cards late into the night. Stephen asked his grandchildren about their school studies during their summer vacation, then headed for the golf course. Mary Ann continued to gather the extended family, as well as all the guests in town, for Thanksgiving dinners. They traveled frequently to visit family and friends and have their own adventures. Stephen passed away on December 17, 2020 and Mary Ann passed away shortly after January 9. Please join us for a Memorial Mass to celebrate their lives at St. Louis Church on Saturday October 9 at 11:30 am.
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