Joyce Elkowitz

Joyce Barbara Elkowitz

Thursday, May 7th, 1942 - Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
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Joyce (Joy) Barbara Elkowitz, 78, of Stamford and formerly of Greenwich, passed away peacefully on February 2, 2021 at home under hospice care.

Joy was born May 7, 1942 in Kalamazoo, MI. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and then a master’s degree from the College of New Rochelle.

Joy married Howard Elkowitz on April 18, 1975. She taught at Hutchinson Elementary School in Pelham, NY for over 30 years. After her retirement, she enjoyed working at Talbots in New Canaan, and volunteering at The Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield and Stamford Hospital. Some of her hobbies included sailing, needlepoint, scuba diving, and reading.

She had a smile that lit up the room, a wonderful sense of humor, and an infectious zest for life that will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

Joy is survived by her husband Howard, daughter Jennifer (Sean) McVeigh, stepson David (Reine) Elkowitz, and brother Clarence Rhoades. She was predeceased by her parents Richard and Margaret (Nelson) Rhoades.

There will be a small service for immediate family members only. Memorial donations may be made to Toys for Tots (
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Jane Verdrager

Posted at 07:02pm
I met Joy when I was 18 years old and we remained very close friends for over 50 years. We were roommates in Kalamazoo, Michigan while I was still a student, and I was her maid of honor and again when she married Howard. Joy had moved to NY, and after I married a NY native and moved there, we were able to maintain our close friendship, sharing many years of Christmas and every major family celebration. Joy had a variety of talents and her interest in art and design were evident in everything she touched. I am quite certain that every one of her former students will recall the huge Snoopy that was always in her classroom. It
is painful to lose such a life long friend and she will be sorely missed and her memory lovingly cherished by me.

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