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Joyce Evelyn (Falvey) Cleaveland

August 11, 1927 — August 19, 2018



Joyce Evelyn Cleaveland, 91 of Elkhart, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 in her home.

She was born Aug. 11, 1927 in Knox, IN to James P. and Gertrude M. (Gilsinger) Falvey. She married Robert Cleaveland Jr. on June 30, 1950 in Knox. He preceded in her death on March 21, 1994. Surviving are 6 children: Bob (Pam) Cleaveland of Naples, FL, Peggy (Dennis) Houchens of Zionsville, Sue (Rich) Borowy of Glenside, PA, Ed (Christi) Cleaveland of Ballwin, MO, Mary (Bill) Kuhn of Holly Springs, NC and Amy (Eric) Powers of Middlebury; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Joan Carlson and Jan Childs and a brother, Tom Falvey. She was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

Joyce graduated from Indiana University with her bachelor’s degree and was a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority. She retired as a school teacher. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bristol and the Rosary Society. She was a Docent for the Midwest Museum of American Art and was involved in many bridge clubs. She was an avid quilter, gardener and feeder of hummingbirds. She also was a big fan of IU basketball.

Visitation for Joyce will be from 4-7 pm Friday, Aug. 24th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bristol, IN where the Rosary will be recited at 7 pm. Visitation will also be an hour prior to the 11 am Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, Aug. 25th at the Church. Fr. Bob VanKempen will officiate. Private burial will be held at a later date in the Hopewell Cemetery, Lagro, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Midwest Museum of American Art, 429 South Main St. Elkhart, IN 46516. Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to


Midwest Museum of American Art
Elkhart IN

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

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