Joyce Yvonne Mainzer Requa passed away on May 23, 2020, with her daughter by her side, after a series of health challenges over the past year that quickly and unexpectedly escalated. She is survived by her husband of almost 57 years, Joseph Requa; her daughter, Gail Requa; half-sister, Joan Finch; cousin, Jeanette Stewart; and treasured friends.
Joyce was a Bay Area native, born in Albany, California. Growing up she lived in Berkeley, Walnut Creek, and Oakland, California, and graduated from Oakland High School. She met her future husband, Joe, at the University of California, Berkeley Masonic Club. After being married, the couple spent two years in Champaign, Illinois, where Joyce worked at the University of Illinois library, before returning to settle in Livermore.
Joyce loved music and played piano by ear. She appreciated all things Egyptian. She was part of a ‘gourmet club’ long before being a “foodie” was fashionable. She loved to cook and bake and was unafraid to try new things. She also enjoyed trivia, crossword puzzles, comics, puns, and anything red or featuring a hippo or a cat. She danced and was a league bowler. She read voraciously, especially English mysteries and historical fiction. She was an accomplished needle pointer, leaving behind many beautiful treasures. She adored animals of every shape and size, especially her cat companions.
Joyce’s greatest joy was being a wife and mother. She worked in the school library, attended dance and piano recitals, and actively supported her daughter’s many other activities. She was resilient, persevering through two bouts of cancer, achieving remission from both. She was a good friend. She always did her best to express her love and support for her family, and her small touches and words of constant love will be sorely missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to support the World Wildlife Foundation or a local animal rescue organization.