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Joan Marie Horonzy Bucsku
  • Passed away on May 25, 2022

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Joan Marie Horonzy Bucsku passed away in Ocala, Florida, at age 78 after a brief illness. Joan was a longtime resident of the Trenton NJ area and raised her four children in Ewing Township. She worked locally for Wells Fargo, RCA, Hewlett-Packard, and retired from the NJ Association of State Colleges and Universities.

In the 1970s and 80s, Joan was very active in the Trenton Suburban Women’s Bowling Association, being inducted to the local Hall of Fame, participating in leagues at Curtis, Slocum’s, Hamilton, and Colonial Lanes, and attending the annual conferences of the Womens Intenational Bowling Congress across the country.

Joan was an accomplished pianist, and accompanied a teacher friend’s drama club presentations for several years. She was skilled in sewing and crochet, and her beautiful afghans are treasured alongside her specialty towels in the homes of many friends and relatives.

Joan enjoyed playing in Atlantic City, particularly at the Trump Plaza where she made valued friendships over the years. She loved sharing her entertainment perks and room comps with family members, who nicknamed the hotel, Grandmom’s Beach House.

Joan moved to Ocala, Florida, three years ago. She was introduced by son Ed to an adult style tricycle, and found renewed happiness in being able to pedal around the neighborhood and local parks, chatting with neighbors and whomever she met along the way.

Joan’s greatest joy was her family, children and grandchildren. Joan was predeceased by her parents, Peter and Elizabeth Anne Horonzy, and sisters Betty Wyckoff and Sharon Bono. She was dearly loved and will be missed by her children: Edward Bucsku and Jonetta Philebaum of Tampa, Florida; Joni Truch and husband Mark of Ocala, Florida; Susan Bucsku of Silver Springs, Florida; and Thomas Bucsku and wife Jaime of Clinton, New Jersey; sisters Christine Caston and husband Rick, Claudia McGurk and husband Joseph, brother Thomas Horonzy and wife Myra; grandchildren Patricia Jones, husband Christopher and sons Connor and Chase; Summer Johnson, Steven Bucsku, Elizabeth Truch, Landon Browne, Julianne Bucsku and Violet Bucsku; and many beloved nieces and nephews, who share fond lifelong memories.

Funeral services were private, and her remains will be scattered at sea in accordance with her wishes.

Arrangements for Joan have been entrusted to the care of Baldwin Brothers Heritage Place Chapel, 954 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Suite 200, Ocala, Florida 34470. PH: 352-236-5884. Online Condolences as well as fond memories may be left for Joan’s family by visiting www.BaldwinCremation.com


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  1. Julie Jansen lit a candle:
    15 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 15, 2022 at 6:19:08 AM

  2. Bill OBrien says:
    04 Jun 2022
    My sincere sympathies and Prayers go out to all of the family. I see Ed carty said it best for all the college drivers. Joan was a wonderful and Dear Friend for over 30 years. I also met Joan back in the early 80's at the NJASCU "Old GBA" office. I was another one of the many college drivers who went to NJASCU. We soon became friends and have many great memories there with Joan and Charlene. We also had house parties around the holidays that were fantastic memories. I had opportunities to spend some time with Joan and family, in AC, her son's wedding and other times. We kept in touch, shared many laughs, and remained friends all these years. She was an amazing women and dear friend. Of course, she will be missed and not forgotten. I'm glad she is no longer in pain and has joined other family and friends now.
    May you RIP dear friend. May God Bless, provide strength and comfort for all your family.

  3. Susan Elizabeth Bucsku says:
    02 Jun 2022
    I am loving and missing my mom so much! She always put her kids first. She is always there when I need her or just for a memorable, quality visit. Too many happy memories to list.

    My favorite memories since my childhood years through my teens is we rented the same house in SEASIDE, NJ on "N" Street, our house across from the bay. Our family upstairs; my Aunt Betty and her family downstairs. My Aunt Betty always made a giant pot of spaghetti for everyone!

    Another especially cherished is many years of road trips from NJ to SC to see my Aunt Chris and her family. My mom drove her big long green station wagon for 16 hours. Kids slept in the pulled-down back of the station wagon so we all had room to sleep. My mom made it fun by singing songs with us, counting yellow cars, searching for different license state plates, naming the US states; us kids would have the big truck drivers toot to us.

    From the birth of my son, Steven, my mom was "the other parent" and fabulous at it! She did everything and beyond what a wonderful, supporting, caring, loving parent does. Steven would sleep over her house, spend weekends there. She took him on many trips. She did have trouble "sharing" him with others though. HA HA.

    She is a wonderful grandmother to all of her grandkids. Spent quality happy visits with each as much as she could. Her eyes always sparkle and face glowing while visiting them all.

    She is now in a paradise with her mom, my Aunt Betty and Aunt Sharon and many other loved ones. She is in pure bliss, peace and contentment. She watches over us all. She sends me signs, especially when I ask. Thank you for everything you have done, shared and taught me in your life. GOD BLESS YOU, MOM! LOVE, SUSAN

  4. Edward L Carty says:
    02 Jun 2022
    My Thoughts and Prayers go out to the family - Joan was a Wonderful and Dear Friend for over 30 years, I meet Joan back in the early 80's at the the NJASCU "Old GBA" - I was one of the many college drivers who spent a lot of time visiting NJASCU, And had many Great times and Memories there with Joan and Charlene, I had opportunities to spend some time with Joan and family, and her many quick visits on her way to AC with her Sister Betty - it was always a fun visit with lots of laughs... A lot of friendships were born from one little office in Trenton NJ - Joan, love you! You will be missed!

  5. Charlene Pipher says:
    01 Jun 2022
    Aunt Joan will be missed. She was a great aunt (and godmother) and I got to spend almost 30 years working with her at NJASCU and having our daily morning chat sessions, laughing and sharing memories. She always encouraged me and supported me every way possible. She was loved deeply and will be missed. I love you Aunt Joan.

  6. Jonetta Philebaum lit a candle:
    01 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 1, 2022 at 6:14:11 PM

  7. Jonetta Philebaum lit a candle:
    01 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 1, 2022 at 6:13:34 PM

  8. Ed lit a candle:
    01 Jun 2022
    Lit since June 1, 2022 at 6:21:52 PM

  9. Claudia McGurk says:
    01 Jun 2022
    Joan was my sweet older sister. She was a source of strength, support and wisdom throughout my life. Even with states between us - we would have long phone conversations frequently - sharing triumphs, sorrows and giggles. She will be missed dearly.

  10. Carol Losch says:
    01 Jun 2022
    My best friend for many years. Bowled together - even trying out for "Bowling for TV" at Ridley Bowl in Ridley, PA. Our kids played together, went to the shore together, and had so many happy and wonderful times. So sorry to hear that she's passed. A kind and loving soul has joined the heavenly chorus.

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