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Joyce Gondoli Daugherty

February 14, 1939 ~ May 11, 2018 (age 79)

Joyce Gondoli Daugherty, 79, of Granger, Indiana passed away suddenly Friday, May 11, 2018, at home. Joyce was born on February 14, 1939 in Manhattan, New York to Charles and Eva (Tagg) Benson.  In 1958, she married Carmen Gondoli, who preceded her in death in 1980.  In 1988, she married Bob Daugherty, who preceded her in death in 2002.  Joyce was also preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Eva Benson; her beloved maternal grandmother, Evelyn Tagg; her brother, Bob Benson, and her dearest lifelong friend, Carole Durkin.  Joyce is survived by her daughter, Dawn (Bradley Gibson) Gondoli of Niles, Michigan; three sons, Chuck (Addy) Gondoli, Jim (Sue) Gondoli, and Chris (Sheila) Gondoli all of Rochester, New York; five grandchildren, Tony (Jennifer) Gondoli, Carmen (Courtney Ryan) Gondoli, Alyssa (Scott Topel) Gondoli, Amanda Gondoli, and Catherine Gibson; four great-grandchildren, Joey, Samantha, Andrew and Jonathan Gondoli; her sister, Liz (Terry) Gallo, many Gallo nieces and nephews; sister-in-law Sharon Benson and nephew Bobby Benson, and her beloved caregivers Becky Kent, Ayanna Harris, and Zhàniece Armstrong.  Joyce was born and bred in Manhattan and Long Island and she brought that downstate flair to upstate NY in the late 1960s. While raising her children and caring for her household, she worked full-time, pulling night shifts in Brockport, NY factories including Dyna Color 3M and General Electric.  She later completed an Associate’s Degree in Business with Paralegal certification and was a straight-A student. In 1988, she moved to Vero Beach, Florida. She worked several years there in retail and for attorneys until in 1998 she began her favorite job, as an Administrative Secretary and later Project Coordinator for the Indian River County Board of County Commissioners. She loved her job at the County, and was especially close to co-workers Terry Southard, Erik Olson, and Jeff Smith. She retired in 2007 and moved to South Bend, Indiana to be close to her daughter, son-in law Brad, and granddaughter Catherine, and her daughter’s extended family, the Gibsons of Peoria, IL; Joyce had a special relationship with Bill, Sally, Lynn, and Beth Gibson, and greatly appreciated their love and hospitality. While residing in South Bend, she worked as a volunteer at the Memorial Hospital information desk, and also was employed for several years as a night desk attendant at Saint Mary’s College, mainly in Le Mans Hall. She loved the St. Mary’s girls and their shenanigans, ultimately retiring in early 2017.  Joyce loved her family and friends, including her special friend, Crystal Wilson. She dearly loved her pets, especially her cats Baby and Tippy. Joyce was a fashionista with great style. She was delighted and more than a little relieved that her fashion gene survived in her granddaughters. She loved bling, sparkle, and beauty in all things including wildlife and nature, art and design, and pretty girls and handsome men.  She loved horse racing, pop music, surfing the web, shopping, anything chocolate, and a well-mixed Old Fashioned. She was known for her sense of humor, quick mind, witty conversation, and impressive knowledge of current events and pop culture. She kept it real, and like any New Yorker worth her salt, she did it her way, which included eating dessert first. She was greatly loved and she will be greatly missed. Memorial contributions may be directed to Pet Refuge, South Bend, Indiana. Kaniewski Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. To send online condolences, please visit  Private Services in NY will be held at a later date.


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