In Memorial

Joyce Dow

Date of Death: April 15th, 2021
3 Iyar 5781


Joyce Dow (née Berkelhamer) age 79, beloved wife of James Dow, Jr.; loving mother of Sheri (Reinhold) Mussar and Maureen (Greg) Shelton; cherished Magraw of Caitlyn (Sam) Zielke, Matthew Mussar and Jenna Mussar; dear sister of Rita Berkelhamer Janowitz and Jerome (Elizabeth) Berkelhamer; treasured aunt to Dr. Maura Berkelhamer and Ellen Berkelhamer. Joyce was a valuable associate of JC Penny, retired after 30 years of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, or Catholic Charities of Lake County, Private memorial service. Please attend via live stream, Monday, April 19, at 3:00 PM. For the link to view the service, virtual shiva information and to leave condolences: Shalom Memorial Funeral Home, or (847) 255-3520.

Service Information

Service : Monday, April 19th at 3:00 pm
Service Location: Memorial Service - Shalom Chapel Service

May Her Memory Be For A Blessing

You are invited to view the memorial service of Joyce Dow which will take place on Monday, April 19, 3:00 PM, by clicking on the link below.

Following the service, please add your name to the Guest Book and Memories page on the website, as the family would love to know that you attended the memorial.


Shiva Information

Ok to Share Shiva info:

Below is the Zoom information for the Shiva on Monday 4/19 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Topic: Joyce Dow Virtual Shiva
Time: Apr 19, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 883 0958 0856
Passcode: 182973
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,88309580856#,,,,*182973# US (Chicago)

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Meeting ID: 883 0958 085

American Cancer Society
225 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200
Chicago, Illinois, 60601
Catholic Charities of Lake County
721 N. LaSalle
Chicago, Illinois, 60654

View Shiva Page & More

Guest Book & Memories

Share Your Memories of Joyce Dow
Share Your Memories

April 19th, 2021

Joyce and I were friendly when we lived in Rogers Park and our friendship grew when she and her family lived in Des Plaines. Our girls are about the same age which made it nice when we went to visit. However we became a little closer when we moved to Saddlebrook. We often went out to funny talkative dinners and really enjoyed ourselves. She will be missed.

~Rosalyn Finkle
~Cousin, Grayslake Il

April 19th, 2021

Joyce and I became good friends when we worked a JCPENNYS IN Vernon Hills,Il. She moved in to SADDLRBROOK FARMS 55 and over community and found a house for me
across the street and we continued our friendship another ten years. I will miss her very much.

~Gloria Heath
~very good friend, Grayslake

April 19th, 2021

Thank you, Joyce, for the joy for life that you shared with everyone! You embraced me with that same joy when I became part of the family, married to Sharyl, for which I am so very grateful. I will always remember the presence of fun when you were in a family gathering and how you cared for each one.

~Rick Curtis
~, Grayslake

April 19th, 2021

Joyces Mom &my Mom where sisters.
I had a special bond with Joyce and we became very close in the last few years.
We spoke often on the phone and she was very fond of my Partner Mark.
Joyce I will miss our phone calls
You will always be in our hearts
Love &Hugs

~Bobby Jacobs &Mark Wells
~First cousin, Grass Valley Ca

April 19th, 2021

We are already missing the laughter and fun we've had together. We enjoyed all the back and forth "banter" we had, looking for new places to eat breakfast and dinners through the years. Rest comfortably, Joyce.

~Howard & Eunice
~Cousins, Grayslake, Il

April 19th, 2021

Norman and I truly admired the special relationship Rita shared with Joyce and the family. May your beautiful memories always be a source of comfort and inspiration.
With love, Darlene and Norman Padnos

~Darlene Padnos
~Friend of Aunt Rita, Glenview IL

April 19th, 2021

Joyce was my older cousin, on my mother Ardella's side of the family. Joyce was there for me always and played a very important part in my life for many, many years, as did Rita. For a while we didn't talk as much as we did in the past. I remember once we had a 2 hour conversation in the last year or so. She told my brother Bobby last week that I could call, but not talk for very long. I called on Monday or Tuesday and she wasn't able to talk then. At least I was able to her voice one last time. Joyce, I have always loved and you have always had a place in my heart and always will. Love, Rhona

~rhona jacobs
~cousin, Chicago

April 19th, 2021

I will always remember Cousin Joyce for her smile, laughter, fabulous sense of humor and most of all, her sassy and mischevious (albeit feigning her innocence) personality. I enjoyed visits with both Joyce and Jim at my parents home and chatting about all kinds of things. She was deeply loved by all of us and I will miss her dearly. May her beautiful memory be for a blessing.

~Sharyl & Rick Curtis
~Cousin, Grayslake, IL

April 19th, 2021

Guest Book

~Margaret Hagemann

April 19th, 2021

Jerry, Elizabeth, & family:

Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Our sincerest condolences.

Bill & Leslie Nelson

~Bill & Leslie Nelson
~Friends, Chicago, IL

April 19th, 2021

I loved getting together with Joyce and playing cared and eating! She was always so witty and made me laugh. Years back, we had season tickets to the opera one year which I will always remember.
The service was beautiful today.

~Kathleen P Kinahan
~good friend, Grayslake

April 19th, 2021

Remembering Joyce as lively and vivacious. May her memory be for a blessing.

~Allen Gimpel
~Friend, Grayslake (Saddlebrook) IL

April 19th, 2021

I love you, dear cousin Joyce. May your memory be for a blessing. I’m grateful to have watched the service, honoring you. You will be forever in my heart. Love to all my cousins & extended family at this time.

~Leslie Finkle
~Cousin, Highland Park, IL

April 19th, 2021

May her memory be for a blessing.

~Larry & Elaine Steinberg
~Friends of Rita Janowitz, Algonquin, IL

April 19th, 2021

Having lunch with Joyce at the Marriott Theatre was always an enjoyable experience. May her memory be a blessing.

~Sandy & Mort Skidelsky
~friends of Rita, Buffalo Grove

April 19th, 2021

May you find comfort in Joyce’s love and in your memories of your life together.

~Rabbi Maralee Gordon
~Rita’s former rabbi, Woodstock, IL

April 19th, 2021

A beautiful service that demonstrated the love felt for Joyce and how much she will be missed. My deepest sympathies.

~Mary Kann
~Friend of Maureen, Bartlett, IL

April 19th, 2021

It was a beautiful and touching service, very fitting for Joyce who made everyone smile and feel special. May her memory be for a blessing.

~Judy and Louis Rabin
~Friend, Buffalo Grove, IL

April 19th, 2021

Sending lots of love to Rita and family.

~Davina and Sienna Kelly
~Friend of Rita, Huntley, IL

April 19th, 2021

Many fond memories of Joyce when I was younger. May she Rest In Peace.9

~Kelly Niemann
~, Geneva Il


Yahrzeit Dates For Joyce Dow

Tradition directs us in the evening before the Yahrzeit dates listed below, the anniversary of our loved one's day of death, we are to kindle a candle in our homes as a reminder of their place in our hearts.

Gregorian Date
3rd of Iyyar 57825/4/2022
3rd of Iyyar 57834/24/2023
3rd of Iyyar 57845/11/2024
3rd of Iyyar 57855/1/2025
Click For Yahrzeit Blessings
Site by Chicago Style SEO