After a long, rewarding and fun life E. Joyce (Braceland) Munger, of Watertown, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Aug. 9, 2015.
Joyce was respected by many in the community who served with her on an extensive list of committees and boards during her 60 years of service to the town. Last year she ended 35 years of service on the Watertown Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners, and the senior apartment complex on Warren Street was renamed in her honor.
She planned numerous lively community events the celebrating Watertown’s rich history and life, in addition to countless parties for her friends and family. Some events she helped organize including the 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony and the Miss Watertown Contest in the 1960s.
Joyce is predeceased by her loving husband of 50 years, Walter Munger, a Watertown Police official, her parents, George and Peg Braceland of Newton and her brothers Richard and Robert of Newton and John of Burlington, according to her obituary from Nardone Funeral Home.
Joyce is survived by her eight children & spouses: Denise Passaretti & her husband Fred McNeil of Natick, Mike and his wife Kara of Malden, Bruce and his wife Jenny of Sullivan, Maine, Brian of Rochester, N.H., Christopher and his wife Deborah, Doreen and her husband Mark Dawson, Richard and his wife Robin and Deanne all of Watertown. Their families include Joyce’s 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild that Joyce and Walter loved and enjoyed.
Surviving Braceland siblings are Bill of Sanford, Fla., Sr. Nancy of Roslindale, and Jill and Cindy Durney, both of East Waterboro, Maine. Joyce is also survived by in-laws Fred Munger of Watertown, Anita Braceland of Hudson and Tina Braceland of Burlington. Joyce’s extended family includes many nieces & nephews and she is also mourned by countless friends.
Funeral services will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, 212 Main Street, Watertown on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 at 9 a.m. Friends and family can pay respects and celebrate Joyce’s life with friends and her family from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015 also at St. Patrick’s Church.
In lieu of flowers, Joyce requested donations to the Watertown Boys and Girls Club, 25 Whites Avenue, Watertown, MA 02472. Funds will be shared between initiatives there and at the Watertown Housing Authority’s Lexington Gardens Learning Center Garden Project – two places near and dear to her heart.