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NEW MIDDLETOWN – Ms. Joyce Ann Persing, 66, passed away on Friday, July 12, at Hospice House on Sharrot Road.

Joyce was born in Youngstown on Sept. 27, 1946. She was the daughter of Merlin L. and Helen Sabrin Persing.

Joyce had attended and graduated from Berea High School in Cleveland. She had been affiliated with the Free Methodist Church and had worked as a waitress for several area restaurants.

A memorial service to honor Joyce’s life will be held on Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m. at the Gospel Baptist Church on Clingan Road. Services will be under the care of Pastor Royalty of the Baptist Church.

Joyce will be laid to rest at New Springfield Cemetery.

Joyce is survived by her mother, Helen of New Middletown; sons, Keith Vandongen and his wife, Nancy of Spokane, Wash. and Brian Vandongen, also of Spokane; a sister, Betty Lou Price of New Middletown; and three brothers, Jim Persing of Tennessee, Larry Persing and his wife, Joy of New Middletown and Ed Persing of Moon Township, Pa.

Joyce was preceded in death by her father, Merlin; brothers-in-law, Don Price and Bob Reents; a sister-in-law, Joy; and a niece, Robin.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Cunningham Funeral Home in Bessemer, Pa.

Guestbook Entries

“I have not seen Joyce for almost 30 yrs. I played softball in Salem with her , and spent much time at the Side Door after those games with her and all the girls afterward. But some of the best times were get together Joyce had at her house where we could all get together and laugh, and just enjoy all that good food and friendship. She always made everyone feel welcome. Keith, u were just a tiny little thing back then, and so comical!. Your mom was a truly wonderful person, and my prayers and thoughts are with her family and loved”

 » Jackie Kopatich on July 17, 2013

old friend of hers and the boys

“I miss you boy a lot. Especially you Brian.I hated it when I had to ask yo to move out of my home after I got married and the birth of my son. YOU SPENT MANY YEARS WITH ME”

 » Joe Wright on July 17, 2013

“Dear Helen and family, So sorry to hear of the death of Joyce Ann. It has been many, many years since our family used to come to your house to watch your TV. We didn't have one, so your invitation was a great time for us all. Remember playinmg in the front yard with Joyce Ann. May God give you Peace. In Christian Love, Judy”

 » Judy Guffey Bogan on July 19, 2013

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