Chelsea/Williamstown, Vt. — Louise Amber, 92, died on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at her home at The Gardens in Williamstown.
Louise was born on Feb. 22, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Robert D. and Camille G. (Sirois) Joyce. She was raised in Upper Darby, a small suburb of Philadelphia. Many happy childhood memories include summers spent with her brother and family in Stone Harbor at a cottage on the Jersey Shore. Louise graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1938 and worked at General Accident Insurance Co. in Philadelphia. Her career was being a homemaker.
Louise married her high school sweetheart, Edward J. Barry in the summer of 1941, and gave birth to their daughter, Joyce, on Nov. 25, 1942. Her husband was killed in 1942, in the Pacific at Guadal Canal. In the summer of 1941, Louise married Jack Amber, a friend from their group and a close friend of Ed’s who was stationed with him in the Pacific. After the war, Jack worked as a Branch Manager for an office supply company in Scituate, Mass. where they began their family. The couple raised their seven children in Drexel Hill, Pa., where Jack continued working with an office supply company. During these years, they were kept busy with school, athletics and continued trips to Stone Harbor, N.J. in the the summer.
Upon retirement, Jack and Louise bought a little place near Cape May, N.J., and lived there for 20 years. After Jack’s death in 1986, Louise worked in the Welcome Center and “dabbled in art”. She took trips to visit Joyce and John in Pennsylvania, Susan in Washington, Paul in Wisconsin, and Peter, Jim & Trudy in Vermont. In the late 1990’s, she moved to Chelsea Court in Chelsea, Vt., to be near three of her children and their young children. After breaking her hip, she followed Mary Norman to The Gardens where she could receive more care.
She is survived by three sons, Paul Amber and his wife, Sue of Lake Nebagamon, Wis., Peter Amber and his wife, Robin and Jim Amber and his wife, Lynn all of Chelsea; three daughters, Joyce Amber-Messick and her husband, Rich of Drexel Hill, Pa., Susan Amber-Oliver and her husband, John of Stanwood, Wash., Trudy Amber-Dowlin and her husband, Tom of Chelsea; 19 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild. She was predeceased by a son, John R. Amber; a great-grandson, Christopher Kangas; a brother, Robert Joyce and a sister-in-law, Dot Joyce.
There will be no public calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church in Randolph, Vt. with Rev. John Milanese officiating. She loved children and in her memory memorial contributions may be made to the Chelsea Ice Rink, c/o Neal Kennedy, P.O. Box 188, Chelsea, Vt. 05038. Arrangements are under the direction of the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home in Chelsea.