Joyce  (Adlis) Cortes


Peacefully, in Pittsburgh, on May 7, 2019 Joyce (Adlis) Cortes, age 74, of Pittsburgh. Born on August 22, 1944 in Philadelphia to Michael Adlis and Myrtle Arrowsmith Adlis. She is survived by her loving children Lisa Blough (Matthew) of Pittsburgh, Candice Mandera (James) of Medina, OH, Ricardo Cortes (Alison Nicoll) of Los Gatos, CA, and Victoria Cortes of Manassas, VA. She was a beloved Grandmother to Meredith, Clayton and Griffin Blough, Madelyn, Avery and William Mandera, Ewan and Kyle Cortes, and Liam Hickernell. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Candido of 39 years and her brother-in-law Neal Harman. She is survived by her sister Gloria Harman.

Joyce graduated from Forest City Regional High School in 1962 and attended nursing school to obtain her RN degree. She worked briefly at Nesbitt Memorial Hospital in Albany, NY, where she met Candido. The newlyweds lived in Albany, Schenetdady and Cornwall, NY before moving to Linesville. In 1973, the family settled in Meadville. In 1981, Joyce joined the nursing staff at Winslow Health Center, Allegheny College, where she worked for 29 years. Joyce's personality was a perfect fit for a career in nursing. She was a naturally caring person who loved interacting with the students and providing them with a nurturing environment away from home. Joyce loved her nursing career and was proud that all four of her children obtained their Bachelor Degrees from Allegheny College.

Joyce was an avid reader and will be remembered for her fun-loving spirit and her passion for life. She enjoyed cooking family dinners, swimming, fishing with Candido, and spending family vacations at the beach. It was her summers off from Allegheny that afforded her the opportunity to spend quality time with her nine grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Friday, May 10 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at Simons Funeral Home, 7720 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh, PA 15237, followed by an 11am funeral service on Saturday, May 11 at Christ Episcopal Church, 5910 Babcock Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15237.
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Roae Family
May 19, 2019
Lisa, Candice and Family:
To know your Mother was to love your Mother. Incredibly loving and just a wonderful person. Our deepest sympathies to the family. Love, Sonya Roae-Nicholson and Family
June Arrowsmith
May 14, 2019
Joyce was my niece by marriage. She was a bridesmaid at my wedding to her uncle. She was a dear friend through all the years since then, and she will never be forgotten. My deepest sympathy goes out to her entire family.
Lisa Schneider
May 08, 2019
Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Dinah and Foster Wiley
May 08, 2019
Dear Victoria and all,
We send condolences and thoughts of sympathy and love to you in your loss. May dear Joyce be in the light and ever in the hearts of all who loved her.
Marlene Consider Smith
May 08, 2019
My sincere condolences to your whole family. I just loved Joyce: she was such a sweet woman. I’m glad our families got to spend quality time together while you children grew up. Sending love and prayers.
Kathy Eves
May 08, 2019
Deepest sympathy from The Eves Family

I will always hold fond memories of Joyce close to my heart. RIP dear friend.