Joyce M. Zerbe

September 27, 1931 - January 27, 2019
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ZERBE, Joyce M. age 87, of North Port, FL passed away on January 27, 2019. Joyce was born on Sep 27, 1931 to parents Harold W. Esrey and Florence M. Glaeser. She grew up on Spar Hill Farm in South Chester County, PA. Later on she graduated from Kennett High School in Kennett Square, PA and went on to graduate from Goldey Business School. Before continuing her education, she worked at the Department of Health in Harrisburg, PA where she retired in 1991. Afterwards she graduated from Florida Southern College, with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in 1995.
Joyce was a member of The Sistas, Heron Creek Golf & Country Club and past “Queen Mum” of the Red Hot Herons.
Joyce is survived by husband, Maynard Zerbe of 27 years; two step-daughters, Kristen Sanders of Front Royal, VA and Lynne (Richard) Maudlin of Las Vegas, NV; one step granddaughter, Holly Nostro of Las Vegas, NV; two step great grandchildren Jessica and Alexander Nostro of Las Vegas, NV; and three cousins, Barbara Truehart (Richard) of North Port, FL, Linda Haney (Robert) of Bedminster, PA, and Harry Glaeser (Georgianna) of Ivyland, PA.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 9AM to 12PM at Farley Funeral Home, 5900 S. Biscayne Dr., North Port, FL 34287, 941-426-2880.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in Joyce’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Memorial and Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148

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Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Farley Funeral Home - North Port


5900 South Biscayne Drive, , North Port, FL, 34287


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Born: September 27, 1931
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Carolyn and Dick Bowen posted on 2/5/19

We are sadden to hear of Joyce’s passing.....we are former neighbor’s in Heron Creek now living in Lexington, Virginia. She was such a lovely, caring lady.


Karin Frenz posted on 2/3/19

Joyce was a dear client of mine for years. She could lite ups room with her smile and kindness. May the constant love of caring friends and family soften your sadness. May cherished memories of a life well lived, live on in your hearts and bring comfort in times of sorrow. May lasting peace surround your grieving heart.


Linda McCarthy posted on 2/1/19

Dear Joyce, I just wanted to let you know how much your friendship enriched my life. Enthusiastic discussions of various books and authors, often accomplished on the lanai and in the presence of a Florida sunset, were especially meaningful. So, too, were our ongoing dialogues, focusing on different historical events and personalities. Okay. You win. Tom Brady IS a better quarterback than Sonny Jurgensen. Also, I want to thank you for being so generous and welcoming, each time I visited you and Maynard. I’ll always remember and cherish the many fun activities you made possible. The "Nutcracker" performance, where fake snow rained down up us. The visit to Mote Marine, where we laughed ourselves silly, watching that fabled manatee unmercifully attack heads of innocent lettuce. The countless dinners and lunches, where good times were the main course. And your holiday lasagna, served elegantly and lavishly amid much frivolity and even during one Christmas Day tornado warning. Through the years, you went out of your way to include me in these and so many more unforgettable moments, and I will remain forever grateful. You were an incredibly giving, learned, engaging, and vivacious friend, Joyce. I will never forget you, and will always miss you.


Raymond Staffeldt posted on 1/30/19

Joyce and I were the last of a group of wonderful friends going back to Harrisburg more than 50 years ago who enjoyed getting together for dinners, parties and even a trip to Europe that seven of us took in 1970. We had many wonderful experiences together on that trip along with a few bazaar ones, including a taxi ride to Charles De Gaulle Airport when half way on the expressway the driver threw up his hands and yelled "Fini!" He had run out of gasoline. When we finally arrived at the airport, we were never so happy about a late-departing flight. We all mourned her dear Morris, and we were so happy when she found companionship and love again with Maynard. Distance after our moves to Florida made get-togethers less frequent, but she remained a very special friend. Joyce was a beautiful and joyous person, but most important a very good person. We will miss her. Ray and Isabelle Staffeldt


Glenda Bowman posted on 1/28/19

I'm sorry you're so suddenly gone my friend. I've known you for 15 years now, ever since the Red Hats started & thru their many variations. I will always remember you as the lovely lady with whom I've enjoyed so many lunches & laughs throughout those years.