Joyce Reich 1932-2016
Joyce S. Schick of Patchogue, NY passed away quietly in her sleep on April 7th, 2016. She is survived by Walter Reich, her loving husband of 62 years. She is also survived by her three daughters Susan Rocco, Deborah Kassner and Brenda Schwegler. Joyce was the proud grandmother of eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Born on October 2,1932 to Walter and Susan Schick. Joyce had two older siblings, Catherine Jacobsen and Walter Schick. She graduated from Bayshore High School in 1950 and married Walter Reich on June 7, 1953 at St. Patrick’s Church in Bayshore.
As a summer resident of Fire Island Pines for 50 years, Joyce was a very active member of the community, as well as the owner and proprietor of Pines Hardware and Sundries for 28 years. She served as the Pines Community Catholic Church Organizer, Captain of Communications for the FIP Fire Department, and was a Director of the following Fire Island Pines Organizations: Pines Care Center, Pines Historical Society, Property Owner’s Association, Chamber of Commerce and FI National Seashore Advisory Board.
In 2010 I found a passion for Fire Island Pines History. Everyone I spoke to directed me to the Reich’s. They were the first people I spoke to, and welcomed me, and what I was doing. They saw the need to preserve the history as they were in a place of having seen much of it. At first quiet and reserved Joyce got involved in our conversations. I could see the spunk that she had. She had a deep commitment to the Pines. Whether it was the Fire Department, House Tours, Fashion shows, A Square Dance at the Pavilion, she was part of it. They traveled as a pair, her and her husband Walter. A deep devotion was plainly seen. They soon joined our board revealing a wealth of Pines history. Our mission is simple. Nobody leaves without their story being told. Her name was Joyce Reich, and she was Pines History…