Joyce A. Karpowski
- June 1, 2021
Joyce A Karpowski, 77, of Flat Rock, NC passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, NC following a lengthy illness.
Born in LaGrange, TX on August 11, 1943, she was the only daughter of Frank Remes and Gladys (Knadle) Remes of Englewood, CO. Joyce was brought up in Bergenfield, NJ, and is a graduate of Bergenfield High School, class of 1961. Upon graduation she furthered her education receiving a Nursing degree from Bellevue School of Nursing. She married Thomas Karpowski, also of Bergenfield, NJ in 1964.
Joyce worked as an operating room nurse when she and her husband moved to Massachusetts until she began raising their 3 children, Thomas, Katherine, and Kenneth. Joyce was a civic minded person and felt best when in service to others. For almost 30 years she worked for the Board of Appeals for Middlesex County in Massachusetts and Henderson County in North Carolina. Joyce also volunteered her time for Bounty of Bethlehem, an annual tradition serving a homemade meal to thousands in Henderson County on Christmas Day.
Joyce enjoyed golfing, gardening, genealogy, reading, traveling, and socializing with other people. She was a kind, generous and loving person who found joy in everyday activities and the simplest of life’s pleasures.
Joyce will always be loved and cherished by her husband of fifty-six years, Thomas Karpowski. She is pre-deceased by her son, Thomas Karpowski Jr. previously of Newton, NH.
In keeping with Joyce’s wishes, internment services at Forest Lawn & Memorial Gardens of Hendersonville, NC, will be private.