Josiane E. Jameux-Joyce

Josiane E. Jameux-Joyce, 94, of Highland Park passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at home surrounded by her loving family.


Josiane was born in Paris, France and spent her youth in both Paris and L’Husserie, France.  She lived through the occupation of Paris during World War II and shared many stories of the hardship experienced during those years.  Following the war, she went to Tourism School and worked for the American Express office Paris.  She booked wonderful tours for travelers which included her touring Egypt, Greece, and Lebanon, then known as the Paris of the East.  In 1955, she married her first husband, Charles A. Darden, an American, and nephew of her co-worker at the American Express Office in Paris, Bob Griere. 


Once in America, she and Charles lived in Queens, and then purchased a home in North Babylon, Long Island, NY and had two daughters.  Eventually, the couple divorced and Josiane went back to college majoring in Philosophy, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  She earned a Fulbright Scholarship, which brought her and her daughters to New Jersey where she enrolled in a Rutgers University PhD program with a course of study in French Literature.  After she earned her master’s degree, she had full intentions of completing a PhD.  Ultimately, she decided to put the PhD on hold and took a position within the university in the Scheduling and Space Department.  She had a full and happy career as an administrator in that department, but also taught French and advised freshmen students.  She never lost her love of travel, visiting many countries across five continents, and often returning to France for visits with her family. She joined Cantabile and loved singing in this choir and even took singing lessons.


In 1994, she had a momentous year!  She retired from Rutgers and married her second and beloved husband, Allyn A. Joyce, with whom she was married to for 18 years. They bought a house in Rocky Hill, NJ, close to their favorite towpath, where they could take long walks in the woods together.  When not on the towpath, they traveled the world, from trekking in Nepal, riding camels in Morocco, to sailing in the Fjords of Norway.  They were lovers of the Opera and indulged themselves as season ticket holders to the Metropolitan Opera House.  Each season a few extra tickets were always purchased so that a grandchild could experience and form good memories of going to the opera with their grandparents.  Her love of singing never left, and she joined the Westminster Choir when she moved to Rocky Hill.


After Allyn passed away in 2012, Josiane moved to the town of Highland Park, NJ to be near family.  She continued to enjoy the Opera, visits with her grandchildren, and traveling with her children and grandchildren.  Her last family trip was to Quebec, Canada in 2018.


She is predeceased by her parents Raoul Ballereau and Jane Jameux, her first husband Charles Arthur Darden and her second husband Allyn A. Joyce.


She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law Nathalie Darden, Ghislaine Darden and John Caputo, 5 grandchildren; Nicola Caputo and wife Jane MacDonald Caputo, Genevieve Caputo, Olivia Caputo, Yannick Lyons, Lucien Lyons, and a great grandchild who is due in November.


A Visitation celebrating her wonderful life will be held from 9-11AM on Friday, October 7, 2022 at Mather Hodge Funeral Home 40 Vandeventer Avenue, Princeton 08542. A Funeral Service will be held at 11AM on Friday, October 7, 2022 at Mather Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton 08542. Burial will follow in Rocky Hill Cemetery.



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