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Joyce Margaret (Kennedy) Shatto

July 20, 1945 — January 16, 2021

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Joyce (Kennedy) Shatto

Joyce (Kennedy) Shatto, of Enola, passed away peacefully on January 16, 2021 at home surrounded by her family and in the loving care of Homeland Hospice nurses and aides.  Born on July 20, 1945 in Waterbury, Connecticut, she was the daughter of Robert and Eleanor (Doherty) Kennedy.  She was the widow of Joseph B. Hoyt Jr. and wife of Frederick E. Shatto.  Joyce was a lifelong music educator and musician.  She graduated from Murray State University and earned a Master's Degree in Music Education from Temple University.  She taught music in Kentucky, Connecticut, and in the Cumberland Valley School District in Pennsylvania.

Joyce played second trumpet for the Hershey Symphony for thirty one years and assisted with the Hershey Symphony’s Festival Strings for middle school string players.  She also performed with the Carlisle Brass Quintet, played first trumpet with the Carlisle and New Cumberland Town Bands.  She played second trumpet for the Dickenson College Community Orchestra and played in the pit for various performances of the Harrisburg Civic Opera.  She served as the Librarian of the Carlisle Town Band, for twenty five plus years.  She loved reading and loved her pet cats, dogs and horses.  She enjoyed volunteering for the Pennsylvania Equine Council’s Learning Center and the Susquehanna Valley Reining Association.

Joyce was a long-time member of the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir, served as a deacon, directed the youth choir and participated in numerous mission trips to Maine and West Virginia.  She volunteered for Habitat for Humanity of the greater Harrisburg area.

In addition to her parents, she was pre-deceased by her sister Deborah Kennedy DeCorso.  She is survived by her husband: her daughter, Margaret J. Hoyt; her step-daughter, Pamela Eshbaugh; her step-son, Jeffry Shatto: and her five grandchildren: Kayla Eshbaugh, Marina Eshbaugh, Cole Shatto, Angelica Shatto and Gavin Stephenson.

All are welcome to join Joyce’s family at her in person viewing, with full COVID-19 precautions, on Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory, 37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.  Burial at 12:15 p.m. in Silver Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery will be open to all who wish to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Cure PSP, 216 Broadway, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10001, or to her church’s Mission Committee, 444 Silver Spring Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.

Joyce’s family has entrusted her care to Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory in Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-3421.  Read Joyce’s full obituary, view her memorial video and picture, offer condolences and sympathy, share stories and memories, upload photographs and videos, light a candle and sign her official guest book by visiting Buhrig.com

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Buhrig Funeral Home & Crematory

37 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

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Saturday, January 23, 2021

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Silver Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery

444 Silver Spring Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

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