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Joyce Lucey, retired nurse, active in community

Aug. 9, 1934 – April 18, 2015

Joyce Lucey of Amherst, a retired nurse who was a very active community volunteer, died Saturday at home after a long illness. She was 80.

Born in Buffalo, the former Joyce Frainier graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1952. She received a nursing degree from Sisters of Charity Hospital Nursing Program in 1955. She later earned a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Buffalo in 1983.

In 1959, Mrs. Lucey began her longtime nursing career, working at the former Emergency Hospital for 20 years.

She worked as an infectious control nurse at Roswell Park Cancer Institute from 1979 to 1996, and a home health care nurse for both the Visiting Nursing Association and McAuley Seton Home Care. She retired from nursing in 2004.

A longtime member of Christ the King Church, she also volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen, Amherst Meals on Wheels and was actively involved with Response to Love, a community outreach center.

She was a longtime committee member for Reaching Out 2 Africa, a program providing humanitarian assistance and advocacy to African refugees in Buffalo as well as specific ministries in African countries. She was involved in many activities with the program, including housing visiting nuns from Africa in her home, coordinating events and bake sales, and raising money and awareness for the building of a school in Africa.

Survivors include two daughters, Maureen D’Angelo and Mary Joyce; five sons, Patrick, Michael, Timothy, Terence and Daniel; two sisters, Annmarie Hutchinson and Margaret Frainier; two brothers, Robert and Leo Frainier; and 16 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive, Amherst.

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