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Joyce (Brownley) Gebhard

March 24, 1931 - August 19, 2019 Kennett Square, PA | Age 88 Loving Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend.

Joyce (Brownley) Gebhard passed away peacefully on August 19, 2019 at her home in Kendal-Crosslands Communities in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Joyce was born March 24, 1931 in Boston, Massachusetts to the late Captain Howard and Ivy Brownley, and was the sister of the late Captain Robert Brownley She spent her childhood in the area and later attended Simmons College where she earned a degree in Chemistry. After graduation, she worked as a Chemist for Dupont in Wilmington, Delaware. It was there that she met her future husband, John C, Gebhard, Jr. They were married in 1955 and settled in Brandywine Hills, Pocopson Township, near West Chester, Pennsylvania.

John and Joyce are survived by three children: Scott (Pam) Gebhard of Brielle, New Jersey; Bob (Patty) Gebhard of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Cindy (Tim Scheid) Gebhard of Bohannon, Virginia. John, now deceased, and Joyce were happily married for 63 years and were the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Joyce was an active school mom and a volunteer for the Red Cross for many years. She and John were avid travelers and enjoyed attending plays and playing bridge with many good friends.

John and Joyce moved to Crosslands after retirement and immersed themselves in numerous activities, enjoying the sense of community and many fine people that they encountered. The family is grateful for the care and compassion they received during their time at Crosslands.

Joyce was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life service will be held for Joyce by the family and Kendal-Crosslands Communities on October 5, 2019 at 2:00 pm.

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Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.

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Memorial Service

October 5, 2019 2:00 Kendal-Crosslands Communities
Kennett Square, PA


  1. Dear Bob, Patty and Family,
    Keeping you in thought and prayer at this time of sorrow and loss. What a beautiful account of your mom’s life. Your loss is a great one but her love lives on in you. Love, Sr. Kathleen

    Sr. Kathleen Matz CDP | August 31, 2019 at 9:50 PM
  2. Dear Bob, Patty and family,
    We’re sad to hear of your mom’s passing. What a lovely lady she was. And what a blessing to have her in your lives. With sympathy, Mark and Terri Huberdeau

    Mark and Terri H. | August 30, 2019 at 9:54 PM
  3. Will always remember our times as a family, at Ships Haven with Rosie. She and John created at beautiful family and life together. Big hugs to all of you
    Love Beth

    Beth Brownley | August 30, 2019 at 11:08 AM

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