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HOLLISTON – Donna L. Joyce, 76, a longtime resident of Holliston, passed away after a period of declining health on Monday, January 9, 2023.

Born in Framingham, she was the daughter of the late Beatrice (Booth) and Benjamin Cornish.

If you ever visited the former Walter’s Dairy in Holliston, chances are you remember Donna. She was a popular waitress who worked there until its closure, and always greeted patrons with a friendly hello and a warm smile. When Bertucci’s restaurant replaced Walter’s Dairy, Donna continued to work for many years, earning herself the title of longest employee of Bertucci’s.

She enjoyed knitting and loved watching the Wheel of Fortune. She took great pleasure in visiting the beach, especially York Beach, Maine. Most importantly, Donna loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

Donna is survived by her children, Barry Joyce and his wife, Laura of Uxbridge, and Wendy Bisazza and her husband, Brian of Holliston. She also leaves behind her former husband, Frederick Joyce of Holliston; 4 grandchildren, AJ Slicer, Jackson Bisazza, and Aiden and Briana Joyce; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her siblings, Donald, Richard, Beverly, and Janet.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Chesmore Funeral Home of Holliston, 854 Washington St. 

A service will follow in the funeral home at 4 p.m.

 Interment will be held privately.

Kindly consider a donation to Boston Children’s Hospital: Miles for Miracles Team Boston, Boston Marathon-Children’s Hospital

A Mass in Donna’s name will be said on Sunday, February 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Church of Holliston.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.