Joyce J (Finn) Thompson

Born: Sat., Feb. 15, 1936
Died: Sun., Aug. 8, 2021


2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Aug. 12, 2021
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Aug. 13, 2021
Location: Orchard Beach Assembly of God

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Joyce J. (Finn) Thompson, age 85, of North East peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday August 8, 2021 at her residence.  She was born on February 15, 1936 in North East the daughter of the late Lawrence James and Fern (Way) Finn.  Joyce graduated North East High School in 1956 and grew up on the Finn family farm.  She was formerly employed by The Sunshine Cherry Plant in Ripley, North East Church of God Day Care Center, North East Senior Home Care, Lakeview Country Club, Bova's Restaurant, and volunteered at the North East Senior Center.  Joyce was a faithful servant of the Lord and was an active member of the former North East Church of God and presently the Orchard Beach Assembly Church.  Joyce was a kind, caring, and compassionate person.  She loved the Lord and her family and friends with all her heart. She was a vibrant, colorful person who always offered words of encouragement too many individuals throughout her lifetime.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Thompson; a sister, Ruth Oleshack; and brothers, Mickey Finn, Lee Finn, Robert, Finn, and Clifton (Bud) Bemis. Joyce is survived by her children, Kenneth Thompson (Ann Laurine) of Erie, Jim Thompson (Kim) of North East, and Lauri Daley (Herman) of North East; a favored sister-in-law, Sonja Bemis; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. and are invited to attend a funeral service on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Orchard Beach Assembly Church, 2025 Orchard Beach Road, North East. Officiating the service is Rev. Troy Keith.  Interment will be held at West Mina Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Orchard Beach Assembly Church or the North East Senior Center.  Please send condolences to

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Terry Thomson
   Posted Wed August 11, 2021
This was a lady that made all around her smile. I taught her, her first CPR and First Aid course years ago!! We always kid each other about the "p" that is in her last name!!. God Bless the family and friends that got to spend many good and happy years with a Great Lady of God.

Diane Bacon
   Posted Wed August 11, 2021
I did not know Joyce well but heard about Joyce for years through my relatives. I only visited my Grandmother, Betty Gierke, a few times but in those couple of times I meet Joyce and she had such a wonderful disposition and was super kind to my easily frustrated grandmother. Really the patience of a saint!

Joyce was a godsend to my grandmother and aunt through their worst times. Words can never describe what it means to be a generous person at heart but I believe your mother/grandmother/friend was just that.
Joyce made the world a better place, God Bless her.

Nancy Sturgeon
   Posted Thu August 12, 2021
What a beautiful, compassionate and kind woman “Grandma Joyce” was. She took wonderful care of both of my children at daycare. In her firm but loving manner, she taught them how to behave and respect others. They’ve never forgotten her nor the love she showed them under her care. My sympathy to her family. I’m sure she is already in heaven.

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