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Obituary: Michael "Mike" Cletus Joyce

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Michael "Mike" Cletus Joyce
Michael "Mike" Cletus Joyce  

October 17, 1950 — February 19, 2020
Mr. Michael "Mike" Cletus Joyce of San Jose died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 69 on February 19, 2020.

Mike is survived by his husband, the love of his life, Michael Jay Stauffer Joyce; they were married on July 1, 2017. Mike was an accomplished organist, pianist, and vocal performer as well as an instructor. He sang with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, and other organizations in the Bay Area, as does his husband. Both traveled and performed on the Lavender Pen Tour with SFGMC and the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir to advocate LGBTQ rights and can be seen in the "Gay Chorus Deep South" documentary. Mike sang with North Coast Men's Chorus in Cleveland.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 13601 Saratoga Avenue, Saratoga. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mike's life. In lieu of flowers, donations for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, 170 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 or to Michael Jay Stauffer Joyce in Mike's honor can be made via

On March 15 at 3 p.m. there will be a small service at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral to place Mike's ashes to rest in the columbarium.

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