Joyce Esther Nelson

December 25, 2020
Joyce Esther Nelson Hasenstab
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Hall/Rochester – Joyce Esther Nelson- Hasenstab, “Bedstemor”

A private funeral Mass was held on January 2, 2021 at St. Margaret Mary Church in Rochester. Burial was at the Brookside Cemetery in Geneva, NY.

Donations may be made to the Union Congregational Church in Hall, or St. Kateri Parish in Rochester.

Joyce was born on April 20, 1932 to Henry and Luella (Christensen) Nelson. She grew up on her parents’ farm on Route 14A, north of Penn Yan- one of many Finger Lakes farms owned by proud Danish-American immigrants. She spent her teenage years playing baseball and riding her horse, Lucky. Joyce married George Senne in 1954 and they divorced several years later. Joyce moved to Rochester and worked at Eastman Kodak at the Tuition Aid Dept until her retirement. Joyce loved Rochester and living in the City with her dog, Tango. She always looked forward to attending any and all annual festivals, especially the Rochester Greek and Ukrainian Festivals. Joyce was an excellent accordion player and spent years playing polkas for the Rochester German Club. Joyce was in her element on the dance floor! In her retirement, Joyce enjoyed visiting Lake Ontario and taking trips to Europe with her beloved second husband, Michael Hasenstab. She never tired of meeting new people and making new friends. Joyce regularly attended Mass in St. Kateri Parish in Irondequoit and always looked forward to daily lunches with her friends at the Old Country Buffet. Joyce was in Assisted Living when she contracted Covid-19, and spent her last weeks receiving excellent care at Highland Hospital. She passed away on Christmas Day at age 88.

Joyce is survived by her daughter Judy (Peter) Braell of Palmyra, grandchildren Kristina (Kyle Beach) Braell of Marion, and Anthony Braell of Palmyra, sister Lita (Harold) Rodman of Manlius, and many nieces and nephews.

Joyce was predeceased by her second husband Michael Hasenstab, grandson Nicholas Braell, brother Ron Nelson, sister-in-law Sally Meabon, best friend Ann Fogle, and first husband George Senne.

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