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Joyce J. (Miller) Brighenti

October 31, 1938 — November 23, 2020

Joyce J. (Miller) Brighenti, 82, of Latrobe (Unity Twp.), PA, formerly of Derry, PA, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 at Walden’s View Memory Care, North Huntingdon, PA.  She was born Oct. 31, 1938 in Latrobe, PA, to the late Hilary R. and Irene (Miller) Miller, Sr.  She was a homemaker.  Joyce enjoyed crocheting, cross-stitching, and playing cards and dominoes.  She was a die hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She and Chester had season tickets for years and were fortunate enough to attend two Super Bowls, IX and XLV.   She enjoyed playing and watching golf. She spent every Friday shopping at the mall and having lunch with her friends or her daughters, granddaughters and even was able to get great-granddaughter Mia in on the action. Spending time with her girls outweighed looking for a bargain.  Her pride and joy were her grandchildren and she loved being Gigi to her beautiful Mia Rose.  Her life took a backseat to anything her family needed and she was always there without hesitation!  The family would also like to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at Walden’s View Memory Care who lovingly took care of Joyce for the past year.  A special thank you to the most amazing caregiver, Marshay’la “Shay” Brown-Salih.  Her bond with Joyce was indescribable and she will forever be a part of our extended family!  Her love and care went beyond anything we could have ever hoped for.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four siblings Hilary “Curly” Miller, Don Miller, Betty Roscoe and Marce Miller. She is survived by her husband of 61 years Chester M. Brighenti; three children Mark C. Brighenti and his wife Rhonda, Beth Cooper and her husband Patrick, Suzy Smith and her husband Scott all of Latrobe; her grandchildren Erica Brighenti and Michael Johnston, Jamie Busch and her husband Chris, Emily Ponterio and her husband Andrew, Katie Holtzer, and Kayla Cooper, Shane Krinock, Cara Krinock; and her great-granddaughter, Mia Rose Brighenti; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be held Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at the Frederick Funeral Home, Inc., 1543 Ligonier St., Latrobe, PA 15650.  A private Funeral Liturgy will be held at the funeral home with Fr. Salvatore R. Lamendola officating.  Burial will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA.  We respectfully request your adherence to all current medical guidelines, including wearing a mask and social distancing, as well as your understanding as we maintain occupancy limits.  Memorial contributions may be made in Joyce’s name to Cure PSP, 1216 Broadway, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001 or the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center at Arnold Palmer Pavilion; 200 Village Dr., Greensburg, PA 1560.   To purchase flowers or send condolences please visit

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Friday, November 27, 2020

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Frederick Funeral Home, Inc.

1543 Ligonier Street, Latrobe, PA 15650

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