Joyce Paine

Obituary of Joyce Paine

Joyce Ann Paine, age 86, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning June 5, 2018 at Matulaitis Nursing Home in Putnam, CT. She was born in Putnam on July 29, 1931, the daughter of the late Ernest and Edith (Swanson) Johnson. She grew up in a very close knit family in the Swede Village in North Grosvenordale.  She loved to share fond memories of living next door to her grandparents where she spent much of her time.

She graduated from Tourtellotte Memorial High School, class of 1949. She was very proud of the fact that she never missed a day of school in 12 years. She was a communicant of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir and taught Sunday School.

Joyce was married to Maurice Paine on February 10, 1951 at the Emmanual Lutheran Church in North Grosvenordale. They lived on Drown Road in Abington where they built their own home and raised their two daughters. They were together for 52 years until her husband‘s passing and December 10, 2002.

Joyce was a caring and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her deepest love was for her family for whom her generosity had no bounds She treasured the times they spent together at holidays, birthday celebrations and backyard cookouts.

She was very proud of her grand children. She was always present at their various activities and milestones…cheering for Jason on the soccer field, Ryan at the tractor pulls, Megan at gymnastic meets and Erin on the tennis court. Her great grandchildren were also a source of great pride and joy; however, in the last few years her Alzheimer’s disease affected her quality of life and prevented her from being more involved in their lives.

Joyce worked for 28 years at the Mansfield State Training School as an aide and then as a supervisor. She truly enjoyed her work there and had a strong work ethic, never letting a winter storm interfere with her getting into work.

Her family will miss her tremendously. She leaves behind her daughters: Gail and her husband Ted of Thompson and Greta and her husband Bruce of Killingly, her beloved grandchildren: Jason Beausoleil and wife Jamie Stearns of Storrs; Ryan Szarkowicz and wife Jessica of Thompson; Megan Teal and husband Michael of Woodstock and Erin Turner and husband Ryan of Thompson, her great grandchildren Gage, Madison and Tanner Beausoleil; Collin and Kaitlyn Teal and Ryan and Avery Szarkowicz. In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by her brother Merrill Johnson and an infant brother Kenneth.

Calling Hours will be Friday, June 8, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM with a Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at Smith and Walker Funeral Home 148 Grove Street, Putnam. Burial will follow at Abington Cemetery, Abington. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 200 Executive Blvd, Suite 4B, Southington, CT 06489 or the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook Street, I-91 Tech Ctr, Rocky Hill, CT 06067-3045. Share a memory at