Joyce McQuaide Barr

  • Died: February 11, 2018
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

William Slater II Funeral Service

1650 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15220

Tel. (412) 563-2800

Tribute & Message From The Family

Of Mt. Lebanon (formerly of Scott Township), peacefully surrounded by her loving family, after a long life dedicated to her family and her strong Catholic faith, on Sunday, February 11, 2018. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, James Theodore Barr, Sr.; and loving son, Francis Barr. Joyce was the seventh, and last surviving of nine children of Franklin and Eleanor Joyce McQuaide. She is survived by her children James (Carilyn) Barr, Jr. of Brandon, FL, Mare (Richard Ohl) Barr, Kathleen (Bill Scanlon) Barr, Patricia (Pete) Kulzer, and Maureen (Glenn) Valentine, all of Pittsburgh, PA. Cherished gram of Jacqueline (Ronan) Carroll, Michael Barr, Tara (Michael) Downs, Marissa (Michael Seamans) Barr-Hartman, Sean (Ashlee Kelly) Valentine, Meghan, Anna and Nora Kulzer; proud great-grandma of Chloe Barr, Eoin Carrol, Evelyn Furrick and Josie Hartman; loving step-grandma of Adam (Beth) Hartman, Leese Jameson, Jennifer and Kevin Scanlon. She is loved by numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. As matriarch, her wisdom and brilliance guided generations of the family of which she was so very proud. Raised on Mt. Washington, and a graduate of St. Mary of the Mount, Joyce was an avid reader whose amazing stories of family and Pittsburgh history will never be forgotten. Her devout Catholic faith led her to work as the secretary of SS. Simon & Jude Church and to be an integral member of both SS Simon & Jude and St. Bernards parishes. A special thanks to her neighbors on Cherrydell Drive, 900 Washington Road, great-niece and caregiver, Chelsea Hammond; caregivers, Aubrey and Mary Ann, who helped her to maintain her fierce independence. Our thanks to the staff and hospice care unit at St. Clair Hospital. Joyce never had a bad thing to say about anyone and was the kindest woman we have ever known. She left this world a better place, and we are all blessed for having had her in our lifes.


Condolence & Memory Journal

On behalf of my mother Shirley Martin and my son Caine, we are keeping our your family in our thoughts. Our visit to the family reunion so long ago, remains a delightful memory.

Posted by Tamera Martin - OR - Family   March 20, 2018

Love & Prayers ~Michael & Devon [via proxy]

Posted by Michael D. Carrico - Aloha, OR - family   March 19, 2018

I am truly honored and blessed to have met and cared for Joyce. Her exuberant love of life and family and her grace in the face of hardship have been an inspiration. Deepest sympathies to her large and lovely family. Your matriarch has passed, but not without leaving an unsurpassed legacy of love. "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good."

Posted by Aubrie Pecore - Mt. Lebanon, PA   February 15, 2018


Posted by Dianne Willis - Nutterfort, WV   February 14, 2018


One miraculous woman that will be soo missed!! I hope her close to my heart!
She has touched many lives and many different way!
Love you momma Barr

Posted by Patricia E Runte - Melbourne, FL   February 14, 2018

To the Barr Family,

Heaven has definitely gained a wonderful angel. Your mom and dad are two of my favorite memories from Cherrydell Drive. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Joanie Fredland

Posted by A friend   February 14, 2018

To all of the Barr Family, you have our deepest condolences on the loss of your mother. She was a genuine lady with a love of her family and, of course, Pittsburgh sports. You have many wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers to all who grieve. Love, Susan & Dave Hicks

Posted by A friend   February 14, 2018

You have our deepest sympathies. We pray in your behalf, and we look forward to the day when we will welcome back our loved ones on a Paradise earth. Psm 37:29

Posted by A friend   February 14, 2018


Kathie - may your lovely Mom rest in peace !
You and all your family have lost a 'treasure' but not her spirit ... May memories live on FOREVER for you and all your BIG Irish family !!!
Hugs, Sue

Posted by Sue Fairchild - Jupiter, FL   February 13, 2018

Jim, Mare, Kate, Patti and Maureen. Your Mom was such a wonderful woman. Aunt Joyce had the most magnificent aura about her. I cherish every opportunity I had to talk and spend time with her. I'll never forget the time we spent going through the articles and old newspaper clippings she had collected that documented so many notable events in our families' pasts. God Bless her and Bless each of you. Love and Prayers.

Posted by Joseph McQuaide - Dallas, TX   February 13, 2018

Maureen - thinking of you and your family.
Cindy Smith
W&J College

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with all of Joyce's family and friendswhat a huge loss to this world that she is gone from us but she truly will live on in everyone's heart. She was an exceptionally kind woman, bright and energetic with such an inquisitive mind. Her memory was incredible when I last visited and she was always full of historical details, stories and insights. Joyce was such a good mother and she extended that loving mother energy to everyone through concern for other families and community. She never judged and, like her dear husband, she never met a stranger'. A beautiful light has gone from our world, but she has joined Jim and Fran in theirs.
Memory Eternal

Posted by Maureen Gregg Kroll - Fairfax, CA - Friend   February 13, 2018

Godspeed dear Great Aunt Joyce heaven truly gained an Angel sending my love and prayers to all of your family and friends

Posted by Dana Marinelli - Bainbridge Island, WA - Family   February 13, 2018

I will always remember your mom for her clear view of God and life. She is a treasure that I will keep forever.

Posted by Claire Dusak    February 13, 2018

Words helps us to expressed how we feel.May these words we say to you ,lighten the sadness and bring a

Posted by A friend   February 13, 2018