March 16, 2019 Joyce Smith O’Dell, 86 of North Syracuse, NY and Bonita Springs, Fl. was reunited with her loving husband, John Arthur O’Dell in heaven after a short illness. Her family was by her side at the beautiful Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice in Bonita Springs, Fl.
Joyce was born in Westmoreland, NY to the late John and Lillian (Spellicy) Smith. She pursued her nursing education at both Albany Medical School and Syracuse University. She was a registered nurse for many years at Marcy State Hospital in Rome, NY. Joyce finished her love of nursing as a school nurse at Allen Road Elementary, in the North Syracuse District, for over 15 years.
Joyce enjoyed many years vacationing with her extended family on the St. Lawrence River. After retiring, Joyce and John, her husband of 55 years, enjoyed their winters in Bonita Springs, Fl. Joyce was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered at church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting blankets to donate to local hospitals. She loved cheering on her New York Yankees, Syracuse Orangemen, and her grandchildren’s many sporting events.
Joyce is survived by her children Janet Fabian of Central Square, Jeff (Tanya) of Central Square, Jim (Cathy) of Bonita Springs, FL., Judy (Rob) O’Dell-Friedland of South Salem, and Jackie (Ron) Vassallo of Liverpool; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her loving husband, John O’Dell in 2009; her daughter Terry O’Dell; her daughter-in-law Dianne (Jeff) O’Dell; her sister Betty Buttenschon and brothers Andrew and Paul Smith.
Family and friends may join us Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 11am-3pm, with a service following at 3pm at Sears Middleton Mathewson Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., North Syracuse. Please join us for a celebration of Joyce’s life afterward at Central Square American Legion. Joyce’s family would like to express their gratitude to Naples Community Hospital staff and Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice staff for taking such wonderful care of her. Donations can be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers 39908. Leave a condolence for the family on the Tribute Wall