Joyce A. McLean

Joyce A. McLean, 84, passed away after an extended illness on Oct. 14 at Silvercreek Living in Hailey, Idaho.

Joyce was born on April 24, 1936, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, and was the daughter of Helen Smith Koch and Daniel O. Koch.

Mrs. McLean attended public schools in Rahway, New Jersey, and graduated from Penn State University. She also received her master’s in teaching from Rutgers University. Mrs. McLean worked as a first- and second-grade teacher at Madison Elementary School in Rahway, New Jersey.

Mrs. McLean was married to Vincent R. McLean for 49 years until his death in 2009. She is survived by her two children: Judy McLean of Lake Placid and Ponte Vedra, Florida, and Bruce McLean and his wife Jill of Sun Valley, Idaho; and four grandchildren: Taylor Jubitz, Bradley Jubitz, Hayley Jubitz and Karlin McLean. She had one brother, Daniel O. Koch Jr. of San Francisco, California.

Joyce was a resident of Westfield, New Jersey, from 1964 to 2011 and Lake Placid from 1984 until she relocated to the Palm Desert in 2016. Joyce was an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, the Westfield Service League and a Girl Scout leader. She served on the board of the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. She was also a strong supporter of the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, hosting many fundraisers, cocktail parties and guest artists in her historic home, Joyland, which was built by the famous composer of “Babes in Toyland,” Victor Herbert. Joyce’s friends would often refer to her as “Joyce of Joyland.” World travel and skiing were some of Joyce’s favorite activities, as well as hiking in the Adirondacks, where she climbed all of the 46 highest peaks, earning her the proud designation of an Adirondack 46er.

A private service for family and friends will be held in Lake Placid. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Lake Placid Sinfonietta.