Sister Florence Joy, RSM, (formerly Sister Mary Annata), a Sister of Mercy for 63 years, died March 2 at Chestnut Park Nursing Home in Oneonta.

Sister Florence, born in Oneonta, was the daughter of the late Carmen Joy and Anna Volpe Joy.

Sister Florence earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The College of Saint Rose, and ministered as a teacher at various schools in the Albany Diocese, including St. Mary’s, Clinton Heights; St. Paul’s, Troy and St. Patrick’s, Watervliet.

In addition to her parents, Sister Florence was predeceased by her sisters, Mary Packer, infant Angeline Gioia, Jane Rhody; and her brothers, Anthony Joy and Emilio (Mel) Joy. She is survived by her sister, Angeline Nielsen; and brother, Michael Joy (Dawn); several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; as well as by her religious community, the Sisters of Mercy.

Her memorial mass was celebrated March 7 at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta.