Joy Butschy |

Joy Butschy

June 14, 1937 ~ August 9, 2016

We all have a huge hole in our hearts with the passing of Joy Butschy. Joy left us on August 9, 2016 after a courageous battle against cancer. She is missed terribly by Jim, her soulmate and husband of 61 years, her sister Jackie Lemacher, her children Terri Rytter (Chris), Steven Butschy (Colleen), Lauri Hagarty (Rob), and Janet Fiedler (Ralph); 8 Grandchildren, 11 Great-Grandchildren who were the loves of her life, and numerous nieces, nephews and their children, all of whom were always welcome at Auntie Joy’s.

Joy was born June 14, 1937 in San Mateo, California to Jack and Myrtle Gibsen. She attended San Mateo High School where she played tennis and met the love of her life, Jim. While raising their family in San Mateo she met many of her lifelong friends, with whom she shared all of the memorable moments of her life. Joy was an avid Hillsdale High school booster (there are not many 1970’s Hillsdale athletes who weren’t the recipients of her cheers), a big fan of the 49ers, Giants and Warriors. Her time working at Yarbro’s Stationary Store led to even more long term friendships. Joy had a place in her heart for all who met her; everyone was welcome into the Butschy home.

Joy and Jim moved from San Mateo to the home they built in Truckee in 1991 and Joy quickly became a part of the Truckee community as well, working at H & R Block. She most recently worked as a volunteer at Tahoe Forrest Hospital.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Joanne Pemberton.

All those who have been blessed by knowing her are invited to help us celebrate Joy’s life on Saturday September 17th in Truckee. Details are available by contacting Lauri at The family has requested donations to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. Thank You.

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