Mass of Christian Burial
Obituary of Joyce Marie Albers-Schonberg
Joyce Marie Albers-Schonberg died on October 6 after a long, bravely fought illness in her 76th year and the 50th year of an incredibly happy marriage.
Joyce was born in Linden, NJ to Mary D. and Andrew R. Kovatch. After high school, she went to Douglass College in New Brunswick, New Jersey and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry. She then joined the Merck Sharp & Dohme Research Laboratories in Rahway NJ in 1965, where she was part of several important projects. After 12 years, she decided on a career change, obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration at New York University, and joined the First Boston Investment Bank in Manhattan as a Healthcare Securities Analyst. In her field, she ranked first in the country in the Institutional Investor magazine for several years. In the 1990s she made one more career change, joining the very young healthcare investment firm, Deerfield Management, where she found wonderful, lasting friends. In 1999 she retired to join her husband, Georg Albers-Schonberg, whom she had met in her first few weeks at Merck and who was now also retired.
Joyce had the rare gift to always put others before herself. She continued to care very deeply for Douglass College and its Alumnae Association, for the Princeton Healthcare System Foundation and many other charitable causes. In 2012, Joyce was awarded the NJ Women of Achievement Award.
Joyce is survived by her husband, her mother, age 95, her brother Richard A. Kovatch, two sisters Jo Ann Kuser and Andrea Correia, their growing families, and Georg’s many relatives in Europe.
Joyce and Georg enjoyed extensive travel throughout the world and spending time on the Jersey shore. They had a deep appreciation for the fine arts, and could regularly be found at the Metropolitan Opera, or attending a concert given by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
Visitation will be at the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, 40 Vandeventer Ave, Princeton, NJ, Friday, October 12th from 3:00 - 6:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 216 Nassau St., Princeton, NJ, Saturday, October 13th at 11:00 am.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made in Joyce’s memory to any of the following organizations: Columbia University Medical Center; the Princeton Medical Group P.A.; Princeton Healthcare System Foundation; Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer; the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College; or the Community Foundation of Collier County (Naples, Fl).
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