Our beloved mother Joyce Arlene Miele Palacios, 93, is now with our heavenly Father. She passed away peacefully Friday evening, Sept. 27, 2019, with her six children and several grandchildren amongst those by her side with the comforting recorded prayers of the Divine Mercy softly playing by her hospital bed.
Joyce was born April 26, 1926, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Angelina Miele.
She is survived by her beloved sister, Adeline Loftus. She is also survived by her six children, Teresa Marasca, and her husband, Raffaele, Mary and Dr. Ismael Cosio, Janice Fucci, Cheryl McLeskey, Martin Palacios, and his wife, Kaytren, and Michael Palacios. Also surviving to cherish her memory are 12 grandchildren, Willie Wilcox, and his wife, Heidi, Michael Palacios, and his wife, Kirstie, Augie, Gabriella, and Isaac Palacios, Justin Fucci, and his wife, Rachel, Martin Fucci, Eric Cosio, Dr. Daniella Cosio, Ismael Cosio, and Liana and Gaetano Marasca; three great-grandchildren, Audrey Swett, Liam Wilcox and Brody Wilson; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Tony, Louie and Elmer Miele; and six sisters, Louise Rich, Mary Schmidt, Rosemary Miele, Carmen DiSanto, Lucy Kuehn and Ida Gorasi.
On Jan. 19, 1945, she married Alfred M. Palacios, a returning Naval combat demolition unit member who was an amputee, wounded during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. They were united in marriage 70 years until his death in May 2015.
They began their married lives in San Francisco, California, and were members of the Saint Thomas Moore Catholic Church. Joyce served as the president of the Lady’s Sodality for two terms and treasurer for two terms. She also found time to serve as chairperson for several parish fundraisers while raising six children.
In 1972, the family relocated to Virginia Beach and became plank members of the Church of The Holy Family, instrumental in the development of the new Catholic parish. For many years, she was active with the church’s clubs which included the Nifty over Fifties, her Faith Sharing Study group. She helped with the Meals on Wheels program, The Joy Club, and assisted with Mrs. Eileen Ayvazion’s Blood Pressure Clinic. Joyce devoted her life to multiple charitable causes, which brought her much joy, as she always extended her hand to the poor.
Joyce was a devout Catholic with a deep devotion to the blessed mother Mary. She recited the Rosary every morning and had an extensive prayer list of family and friends that she felt needed divine assistance.
Sundays were always the highlight of her week. She was usually the first to arrive for 11 a.m. Mass, and the last to leave after coffee and donuts. Sundays always included soup and a few spirited games of Scrabble after Mass at her house, where all were welcome. Food, conversation and fellowship were enjoyed and much advice was also given. She loved company, and company loved her. She will be deeply missed by many.
The family would like to thank caregivers, Cora Ladi, Mary Lou Bermudo, Carmen Lago, Araceli Faustino and Nori Walters for the care, dedication and love they have provided. The family would also like to thank Deborah Gray for everything she has done to assist our mother and our family for the last several years.
In lieu of flowers, friends may honor the memory of our mother by contributing to the Holy Family Catholic Church Building Fund, 1279 North Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454; or Navy Seal Foundation, 1619 D St., Building 5326, Virginia Beach, VA 23459.
A rosary service will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3., at the chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach. A visitation for everyone will follow from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at Holy Family Catholic Church with Father Eric J. Ayers, Father James E. Dorson and Father Steve DeLeon officiating. Entombment will be held in the Chapel of Peace, Princess Anne Memorial Park. A reception will follow in the family room of the Church of The Holy Family.
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