Pamela Tinkham mourns the passing of her mother, Joyce Gerber.
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We mourn the passing of Joyce Gerber on January 8th, 2024. Born in Montreal, Canada, she is the daughter of the late Anne (Klein) and Arthur Bloomfield.

She is survived by her loving partner of over 40 years, Robert Robinson, her brother, Harvey (Barbara) Bloomfield, her children, Nadine (Kevin) Benoit, Pamela Tinkham, Jonathan Gerber, and her grandchildren, Allison (Eric) Quaranti, Jacqueline Benoit and Eric Benoit. 

Growing up in Montreal, Joyce loved to ice skate. One of her most prized possessions are her ice skates from when she was a child. She would also reminisce about seeing the Montreal Royals baseball team back then and renewed her love for baseball later in life.

Joyce moved to New York in 1962 when she married Irwin Gerber (deceased) and they raised their three children on Long Island. With a love for the arts, she spent countless hours during those years shuttling her children to voice, dance and drum lessons. She was involved in some of the early school productions, leading to her role as President of Tamarac Players- a non-profit organization she helped establish to raise money and create musical productions for the elementary school. 

As a member of the Temple Beth El sisterhood in Patchogue, NY, she was featured in Newsday for an award winning stuffed cabbage recipe that originated from her mother and contributed to the publishing of a sisterhood cookbook.

Professionally, Joyce was a very successful salesperson and sales manager in the bedding and furniture industry. She always made herself available to family and friends for expert advice even after many years after retirement.

Later in life, Joyce lived in Henderson, Nevada with Bobby and their dogs and spent about 20 years there before moving back to the east coast (New Jersey & Pennsylvania) to be closer to family. 

Joyce had a very special bond with animals and would be very happy if in lieu of flowers, donations were made to North Shore Animal League in her honor.

May God comfort the mourners among the mourners or Zion and Jerusalem.

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

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