Joy Colbert

March 10, 1949 - October 11, 2022

Visitation: Friday, 6-8PM, Devlin Funeral Home, 806 Perry Hwy. Pittsburgh, PA 15229

Service: Saturday, 9:30AM, St. Teresa of Avila Church, 800 Avila Ct., Pgh, PA 15237

Joy H. (Katilius)

Age 73, of Swissvale, PA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. The sweetest human Earth has known — to know Joy was to love Joy. When Alzheimer’s stole many of her dearest memories, she always remembered her beloved husband of 48 years, John. Joy is remembered for her unconditional love by her children, Amy (Aaron) Rinsema, J (Jen) Colbert, Annie (Alan) Colbert. Her smushy hugs and contagious giggles will be missed dearly by her grandchildren, Noah, Evabelle, Jack, Edith Joy.

Joy was born in Pittsburgh to Twila and Joe Katilius. She was the third of 11 children (Christine, Denise, Gay, Gerry, Maria, Therese, Anthony, Melanie, John, Richard). Joy always had a book in hand and her love of reading guided her career as a gifted writer, editor, and librarian. At age 40, Joy returned to school and earned a bachelor’s degree from National Louis University, an accomplishment she was rightfully extremely proud of.

Joy’s warm embraces, gentle smile, and unwavering kindness impacted the lives of everyone she encountered. Her love will live on in all of us.

Friends will be received on Friday from 6-8PM at DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME, INC. 806 Perry Hwy., Ross Twp. A Mass of Christian Burial will be in St. Teresa of Avila Church, 800 Avila Ct., Pgh, PA 15237 (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish) on Saturday at 9:30AM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joy’s name can be made to the Swissvale Library or Greater Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s Association.

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  • Jack Miller

    Bud…I extend my condolences to you and your entire family on the passing of Joy. Continue to trust in the Lord and all will be well. You are in my prayers.

  • Ann Carey Meyers Borden

    I’m sadden to hear of Joys passing, but Heaven has welcomed an angle. Joy was always overflowing kindness and love. She was a dear, dear friend and I will always miss her. She will always have a special place in my heart. My prayers to John and her loved kids and grandchildren.

  • Jody Crocker (aka Elaine Ikenberry)

    My sympathies to all the family. I am sure you all will miss her greatly.

  • Marc and Ann Hummel

    Joy was always a wonderful and vibrant person. We always enjoyed getting together with Joy and John before and after J and Jennifer got married. She always had an upbeat personality. Condolences to John, her loving husband and her children and grandchildren.

  • Tammy Morgan

    Keeping all the family in my prayers! I remember my dad , her cousin always calling her JoyJoy!! Hugs and love to all!!

  • Kim Stanzione

    Love you always and forever Joy Joy! <3

  • James and Laurel Kaiser

    Joy was just like her name, full of Joy! We send our deepest condolences to her husband, John and to her children and grandchildren.


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