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Joyce L. Pellerito, age 87, of Fenwick, passed away Sunday morning, June 10, 2018 under the loving care of her family and Spectrum Health Hospice.  She was born on April 23, 1931 in Grand Rapids to Max G. & Loretta E. (Arthur) Patterson.

On August 1, 1959, in Cedar Springs, she married John T. Pellerito and together they raised eight children and enjoyed 39 years of marriage until John passed away on August 29, 1998.  She was also preceded in death by a step-daughter, Carolyn Elaine Pellerito;  a brother, Thomas Gilbert Patterson;  and a sister, Violet A. Linscott.

Joyce was a devoted wife,  mother, and grandmother.  She also was a foster mother to over 30 children through Bethany Christian Services.  She formerly belonged to Oakfield Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and led AWANA groups.  She was currently a member of Beth Haven Baptist Church where she volunteered in a number of church activities, including leading the Widow's group for many years.  She enjoyed sewing, reading, handicrafts, and word searches, but her greatest delight was in time spent with her family.  Joyce began each day with her daily devotion and prayed for each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as many other dearly loved relatives and friends.

Surviving are her daughters, Debby & Arnold Snyder of Evansville, Indiana, Carolyn & Greg Kirves of Pensacola, Florida, Robin & John Adema of Grand Rapids, Jonni & Jeff Vandenburg of Fenwick, and Laura & Matt Ferguson of Greenville;  her sons, Gary & Linda VerStrate of Bangor, Michael VerStrate of Greenville, and Harold & Cheryl VerStrate of Washington;  two step-children, Emma & Chuck Kinney of Barryton and Phil & Angel VanderBilt of the Philippines;  thirty-five grandchildren;  several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren;  and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday at  Beth Haven Baptist Church, 1158 W. Carson City Road (M-57), Sheridan, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.  Pastor Kevin Crowell of Beth Haven Baptist Church will officiate and burial will follow at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding.  Instead  of flowers, Joyce would have appreciated memorial contributions to Beth Haven Baptist Academy.  Envelopes will be available at the church.   

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Joyce's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:  Arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville.



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  1. Josh Sanders on June 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    What a privilege to know Mrs. Pellerito as a friend, fellow church member, and a neighbor. A wonderful lady who was always faithful to the Lord.

    “Well done, thou good and faithful servant….”-á

  2. Gene and Vickie Jury on June 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    We lived next to John and Joyce (in town) for many years. She also watched our youngest daughter Chris for us while I worked, Chris loved going over there. We were blessed to have wonderful neighbors. Our thoughts and prayers going out for the family.

  3. Dale Reyburn on June 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I can remember shooting baskets on Becker Ave. in the kitchen with a Quaker Oats round carton and a tennis ball Gary always won because he had home court advantage. Your mother must have really loved you because it was really crowded with both teams and the audience in the kitchen.-á Mom just sent me a momentum of a play Gary and I were in.-á She was a wonderful lady.-á I just lost my mother on April 27th.-á May God, and I know He has, bless you all. Dale Reyburn

  4. Gail (Bailey) Armstrong on June 12, 2018 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss, Debby & family. IGÇÖve lost touch with you over the years, but remember our families attending church together in Cedar. Again, my sympathy to you.

  5. Esther Rapa on June 17, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Sorry Deb and all, for this pain of loss in your lives. Asking God to meet the need of each heart as you adjust to life without mom.

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