Joyce Patricia Foster (Wise)


On Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 4:20 am, Joyce Foster passed away at the Gateway House of Peace, following a very difficult but courageous battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. We all knew from the beginning that this was going to be fatal, but Joyce never lost her positive spirit, and remained up-beat through it all. It was a true reflection of who she was. Myself, Michael Foster and our family were by her side when she took her final breath. For 51 years she was my whole world. A true friend, and the best wife anyone could ever ask for.

Joyce was born on February 26, 1947 in Albany, NY to Arnold and Mandy Wise. She was the youngest of five children. Joyce and I met in 1962 at Albany High School. We were both in Dramatics club, she was an actress, I was behind the scenes. After five years of dating we were married January 14th, 1967 while I had a weekend off while serving in the Navy. Joyce’s mom always said it wouldn’t last, but we fooled her. We settled in Boston and Joyce worked hard to support us while I was in school. A true example of her generosity. We built a wonderful life together and raised two terrific kids. We went from true high school sweethearts to lifelong soul mates.

Joyce and I did everything together. Movies and dinner at our favorite restaurant was always a weekly event. We shared a love for the outdoors, hiking, snowshoeing, the ocean, beautiful beaches, and traveling the Caribbean, especially St. John. Above all else Joyce adored our four grandchildren with all her heart.

Joyce lived life to the fullest. She was the most compassionate, generous and bubbly person I have ever known. I feel truly blessed to have shared my life with her. She will be terribly missed.

In addition to myself, those left to cherish her memory include our kids, David Foster of Tucson, Arizona and his kids Matilda and Griffin; Denise Bergang and her husband Andrew of Manchester, NH and their kids Matthew and Zachary; her siblings Nancy Wise and her husband Jim Schmitt of Batavia, Lilla Wise and her husband Wade Morrison of Virginia, and Bob Wise and his wife Nancy of Pennsylvania; many nieces, nephews and cousins. Joyce will be greatly missed by our little dog Willy who she loved very much. She was predeceased by her parents Arnold and Mandy Wise, and her sister Hazel Kennedy.

I would like to thank everyone who cared for Joyce during these last dark months, especially the staff of Gateway House of Peace and Community Hospice of Saratoga. You gave her all the love, dignity, and compassion she so deserved and I will forever be grateful. You are all very special people.

As per Joyce’s wishes there will be no services. Please no cards or flowers.
Keeping the memory of Joyce in our hearts and our minds is better than anything material. A celebration of her life will be held on a later date.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joyce may be made to the Gateway House of Peace, 479 Rowland Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020.

Joyce was a loveable spirit. Our hearts are broken, we will miss you more than words can convey. This world will be a bit darker without you. Rest in peace honey.

Guest Book

Emily McCarthy

I met Willy, then Michael (first things first) at Gateway House of Peace the night of my aunt's passing, and I received word today that this dear wife, and also mother, grandmother, family member, and sparkling brilliant beacon of a person in the world, Joyce, had passed on. In reading this writing, their nearly life-long love is evidenced through and through. This picture of Joyce is the first I am getting to see of her face, and I could not help but smile right back. What a wonderful spirit, and beautiful soul. It was and continues to be a blessing meeting Mike. And I am sending always joyful, positive vibes to Joyce's family, which I can tell is a lovely one-- grown from ultimate love, caring, focus, and intention.

I am truly inspired and so blessed to hear the story of their love over the years. It is something I hold very dear in my own life and I know that their love will truly live on, beyond the physical form. This passage brought a tear to my eye. His love for his wife, and her love for him, pours through every word.

Thank you for being an example of such shining and everlasting love in this world! That kind of love can never be lost, and it transforms every one that it meets.

Sending you blessings and hugs. May peace and newfound clarity and understanding be with you in this truly transformative time on your journeys.

Emily

Emily (Gateway)

Mike and family...
I had the privilege of meeting Joyce and caring for her. She was a beautiful person ...she was extremely positive and kind and what a smile!! I am very sorry for your loss.

Frank Maendel

What a powerful testimony to true love and faithfulness. My wife and I were privileged to meet Mike and Joyce several times during the last months of her life. The love between them was very evident and will never die. She faced her illness with courage and it was a joy to be in her presence. We will never forget the times we shared. Mike, you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. We feel blessed to have met you.

Linda Wheeler

Foster family, I am so sorry about the loss of your beloved wife, mother and grandmother. In the brief time that I knew her, I got to see her lovely smile and personality. It was an honor and pleasure caring for her. Linda (Gateway House of Peace)

Dolores Cotroneo

Joyce and I worked together at L'eggs Pantyhose.
We shared some fun times together.
I am saddened to hear of her passing.
Rest in peace Joyce.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

Dolores Cotroneo

Donna Tietjen

I am greatly saddened by Joyce and family’s difficult fight.
My heart is with all of you.

May you find comfort.
May you find peace.

With love,

Donna Tietjen

Sandi Zarch

My condolences to the Foster and Wise families. Joyce and I were good friends back in the School 4 days. I Spent many happy hours at the house on Myrtle Ave. I'm so happy that I saw Joyce at an AHS reunion a few years ago. May she rest in peace. My thoughts are with you.

Jean Tomlinson

Joyce worked for me, after school, in her younger years, at JC Penney Co. She was always so vibrant and happy, a joy to be around. It is a sad day when the world lost such a great person. May she be happy, painfree and the angels be with her. My thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with her family. Rest In Peace