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E. Joyce Van Amburgh

April 23, 1939 ~ July 21, 2020 (age 81)


Wynantskill - E. Joyce Van Amburgh of Wynantskill, NY passed away July 21, 2020. 

Born April 23, 1939, the daughter of the late Elsa B. (Gibbs) and Richard W. Haswell of East Greenbush. 

Joyce worked at the NY Telephone Company, NYS Museum and CT Male Assoc. There, she created many life-long friendships which she treasured. Joyce was a gifted artist who shared her talent in so many ways with friends and family. She also used that talent to make home a beautiful place, filling the family home with found treasures and displaying things in a way that always created a warm environment. But above all, Joyce loved nature. Throughout her life, she had many beloved pets, especially her dog Attila. Her gift for gardening and taking care of whatever bird or other critter was in need was known far and wide. Baby birds, bunnies and the like were forever being delivered to her doorstep. It brought Joyce great joy in her later years to continue to feed the birds, deer, turkeys, etc. Recently, she was thrilled to have ducks coming to her feeder. Everyone that knew her was touched by her gentle spirit, kindness and generosity. She will be missed by many.

Survived by her children Paul J. (Phyllis) Van Amburgh, Jr. of Cobleskill, NY, Keith E. (Suzanne) Van Amburgh of Troy, and Jennifer G. (David Burgess) Van Amburgh of Old Chatham. Grandchildren Shannon Swart (Tamas) Kovacs of North Greenbush, Grace B., Vincent A., Margaret R., Oliver B. and Ruby A. Van Amburgh of Cobleskill. Also survived by her brother Richard G. Haswell and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by former husband and beloved friend, Paul J. Van Amburgh, Sr. and by sister Barbara J. Cameron and brother Donald W. Haswell. 

At Joyce’s request, there will be no calling hours or services.

If I can help one fainting Robin unto his nest again, I shall not have lived in vain – Emily Dickinson

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Berkshire Bird Paradise ( or the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society 3 Oakland Avenue Menands, NY 12204.

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Berkshire Bird Paradise

Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
3 Oakland Avenue, Menands NY 12204

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