WATERTOWN, NY — Joyce Scee Catalina, 92, of Ives Hill Retirement Community, Watertown, and formerly of Pillar Point, passed away with her family by her side following a brief illness.
Born Nov. 19, 1928, in Clayton, NY, the daughter of Percy E. and Anita (Nolan) Scee, she graduated in 1945 from Watertown High School, and was affectionately known by the nickname, “Joy”.
Following school, Joyce went to work for the New York Telephone company, where she was employed for 12 years. She later worked for the Watertown City School District from 1970 until her retirement in 1990.
Joyce married Anthony (Tony) Catalina on Sept. 9, 1950, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart church in Watertown, NY. Together they raised four children.
Joyce was a kind and loving mother, grandmother and a devoted wife. Joyce loved playing, and excelled at all kinds of games. She was a sharp card player and a formidable opponent in shuffle board and cornhole. She was always willing to learn a new game, and would eventually beat the person who taught her. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Joyce was predeceased by her husband Tony in 2014, as well as a sister, Evelyn Weise, and a brother, Percy E. Scee Jr.
Left to cherish her memory are her four children, Jan (Clarke) Oatman, Calcium, Sandra (Robert) O’Neil, Alabama, Teresa (Burt) Phillips, Baldwinsville, and Mark Catalina, Watertown; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Jacqueline Dodge, Michigan; a brother, Terry Scee, Watertown; and several nieces and nephews.
Joyce’s family would like to extend their gratitude to the dedicated and compassionate nurses, doctors and hospital staff who cared for Joyce at Samaritan Hospital. The family would also like to thank the staff and residents at Ives Hill Retirement Community for making Joyce feel welcomed and loved during the brief time she lived there.
A private memorial service will be held for immediate family. There will be no calling hours.
For those who want to honor Joyce’s memory, donations can be made to Hospice Foundation of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.
Online condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.