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Joyce Lerch

Joyce K. Lerch (Kopenhaver)

Saturday, December 19th, 1942 - Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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Joyce Kopenhaver Lerch, 77, of Harrisburg, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020, in the Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital, Camp Hill.

Born in Harrisburg on December 19, 1942, she was the daughter of Miriam Mayer Kopenhaver of Hershey and the late Robert Kopenhaver.

Joyce retired in management with 39 years of service from the Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg. She was a graduate of Hershey High School and Dickinson College, Gettysburg. Joyce was a member of Fishburn United Methodist Church, Hershey. She was also a member of the Navy Retiree Luncheon Group. Joyce was a stock market expert, coin collector, and enjoyed sewing and making ceramics. A great homework helper and game player, Joyce was devoted to her family and loved her grandchildren with everything she had.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David H. Lerch on May 19, 1996.

In addition to her mother, Joyce is survived by one daughter, Sandra M. Spencer wife of Jerett L. of Harrisburg; four grandchildren, Mark, Mason, Jerett L. Jr, and Londyn; two brothers, Robert Kopenhaver, Jr. wife of Barbara of Hatfield, and Ralph Kopenhaver widower of Mary of Alameda, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service for Joyce’s immediate family will be held Friday, May 15, 2020, at 11 AM in the Trefz & Bowser Funeral Home, Inc., 114 West Main Street, Hummelstown, with The Rev. Jennifer H. Williams, her pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Fishburn Cemetery, Hershey.

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    Fishburn Cemetery
    Fishburn and Church Roads
    HERSHEY, PA 17033
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Charles J Bondi

Posted at 12:45pm
I worked alongside Joyce's afloat analysis branch when I started as a Navy civilian in 1980. I can relate some meaningful conversations from back then, and also more recently.

For now I'll record that in that work environment, when she influenced how the new analysts were trained, she had us read Pub 485. This included afloat supply procedures, that is how documents were used on ships. At the time this was frustrating and a bit boring. What use to someone in doing applied math in an inventory analysis setting?

But much later I realized that these procedures were key to understanding the customers that we all supported and to better communicate with the officers with whom we worked. Especially, about 25 years later, when I helped manage afloat systems, I often wished that I had a better understanding of these procedures.

Joyce had the foresight to see and the sense of responsibility to require what would be best for us new people.

The photo chosen here is perfect. It shows her as cheerfully confident, and ready to help.

Cindy Miceli

Posted at 11:38am
Sandy and family - I just watched the livestream service for your dear mother. It was beautiful. I hung on every heartfelt word that you spoke. You truly captured the essence of whom she was, as I remember her. Years ago, when you were a baby, and when my son was a baby, … we got together a couple times. I've never seen her so happy, as when you entered her life. That love for you will surely be with you always, and will sustain you in your life. May God Bless you and your family, with strength, wisdom, and the love she put in your hearts. Sincerely, Cindy Miceli (I worked for her and with her)

Angela Tolbert

Posted at 11:36am
Sandy and Family, we are thinking about you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. We love you ❤️ Love Angie, Jason, and Bodee

Traci Ramsey

Posted at 10:09pm
I lived across the field from the Lerch family as a kid. Ms. Joyce gave me my first job....babysitting Sandy! Lovely lady and wonderful mom. Now again I live in my childhood home across from Sandy. Ms Joyce raised a beautiful woman. Our prayers to the entire family, Traci and Paul Ramsey

Robert Kopenhaver

Posted at 12:32pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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