ILION - Joyce McTiernan, 88, of Ilion, NY, passed away, on November 16, 2022, while visiting family in Cape Cod, MA.
She was born to the late Helen and Walter Grys, on September 30, 1934, in Buffalo, NY.
Joyce married the late Charles McTiernan, in 1954, In Buffalo NY. Immediately after, they moved to the Mohawk Valley where they lived for the rest of their lives.
Joyce is survived by her children: Julie (Cherie) McTiernan, of Anderson, SC, Charles (Cibele) McTiernan, of Miami, Fl, Jan McTiernan (John) Jehring, of Cape Cod, MA, the late Jay (Linda) McTiernan, from Highland, NY and Jeffrey (Diane) McTiernan, of Sparks, NV. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Johanna (Zakaria Wallen), Jason, Jonathan, Julio, Jack and Ewan; a great-grandchild, Frankie; sisters, Mildred Hartney and Sylvia Dikeman; and several nieces and nephews. Joyce also parented and grand parented students from Spain, Germany and Italy.
Joyce had many interests, ranging from books, to movies and music. She also loved traveling with family. In the last 15 years she traveled to Stockholm, Brazil, London, Italy, Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe and the Baltics, just to name a few. While she had those interests, cooking, friends and family were paramount. She always found a way to cook, to cook for anyone, at any time.
Joyce eventually turned her passion for cooking into a career. She was Head Chef for several restaurants and ran her own restaurant for a period.
If you wish to pay your respects, a Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 4 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus, 74 West St., in Ilion, NY. That will be immediately followed by a Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Ilion Free Public Library, 78 West St., Ilion, NY 13357. Envelopes will be available at the Funeral Service.
All funeral arrangements for Joyce have been entrusted to the Enea & Ciaccia Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, NY (Town of Frankfort), Enea, Ciaccia and Applegate Funeral Directors (315-894-8000).