Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletJanuary 16, 2019

In Remembrance

Sister Joyce Gadoua, CSJ


Sister Joyce Gadoua, CSJ (Sister Jeannette Joseph), 79, died Thursday, November 8, 2018, at Samaritan Hospital, Troy, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 55 years.

Sister Joyce was born on September 17, 1939, in Cohoes, NY, the youngest child of the late Henry and Rhea Dufresne Gadoua. Her mother died when Sister Joyce was a young child, and she was raised by her father and later also by her stepmother, Evelyn Dempsey Gadoua. After graduating from Keveny Memorial Academy, Cohoes, Sister Joyce worked for four years as a customer service representative for New York Telephone Company in Troy. On August 6, 1963, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph and pronounced final vows on August 6, 1971.

Sister Joyce received a bachelor’s degree in social studies from The College of Saint Rose; a master’s degree in theology from St. Michael’s College, Winooski, VT; and a master’s degree in pastoral theology from St. Mary-of-the Woods College, IN. Sister Joyce began her ministry as a Sister of St. Joseph in the field of education and taught history and religion in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses. She later served as a chaplain at Union College, Schenectady; in parish ministry in Norwich, NY, and Bloomington, IL; and as associate director of adult education for the Diocese of Peoria, IL. In 1999, Sister Joyce cofounded the Clement Computer Lab at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham, and served as its director for the next 15 years. From 2014 until the time of her death, Sister Joyce was on the staff of the Communications Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Sister Joyce was a multi-talented, creative woman who generously shared her gifts with others. With seeming ease, she could write a poem, compose a musical piece, harmonize in her rich alto voice, sketch by hand or design a digital art piece or even play a ditty on the banjo. A Renaissance woman of sorts, Sister Joyce had acquired, during her lifetime, remarkable knowledge and proficiency in multiple fields of discipline from history to theology to art to music to politics to technology to nature, and she delighted in nothing better than a good discussion and a loving puppy!  Sister Joyce lived her faith by advocating for peace and justice, rooted in the Gospel and in the mission of the Sisters of St. Joseph, and her life is a testament to her core values of hope, compassion and kindness.

Sister Joyce is survived by her beloved nephew, Larry Nielsen; by her brother, Raymond Gadoua; by many friends; and by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents and stepmother, Sister Joyce was predeceased by her sister, Jeanne Nielsen Perry; her niece-in-law, Darlene Nielsen; and her dear friend, Sister Alexa Suelzer, SP.

Sister Joyce was a participant in the Anatomical Gift Program at Albany Medical College and donated her remains for medical education and research. A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham.

Contributions in Sister Joyce’s name may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110.