Joyce Margolius



Joyce (Solomon) Margolius, cherished wife of the late Stan Margolius, passed away on May 23, 2017, just seven months after her beloved husband. Joyce, the daughter of Rose and Louis Solomon, was born and raised in Schenectady, NY. She was a graduate of Nott Terrace High School and received a degree from Mildred Elley.


Joyce and Stan’s love story began at the age of 13 when they met at the Jewish Community Center. They were married in 1956 and for the next 60 years shared a love and commitment to one another that will continue to inspire their children and grandchildren forever. Joyce and Stan moved to Clifton Park in 1967 to raise their four children and launch their computer software business. Joyce devoted herself to her love of literature and was a founding member of the Shenendehowa Free Library, now known as the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. In a mission to form strong community in the budding town, Joyce became chairman of the committee that initiated the first children’s story hour, sharing her love of reading with her new town and bringing families together. 


Joyce loved sports and was an avid participant and spectator of golf, bowling and tennis. She was a committed Democrat who prized her signed copy of Hillary Clinton’s autobiography. An early pioneer of the large, bold, all-caps purple email font, Joyce loved Cadillacs, anything purple -- cars, pens, stationery, nail polish, handbags, wallets, jewelry -- her toy poodle (Sally), and chocolate, which she always kept close by, and which she always gave her grandchildren, with or without their parents’ consent.


Joyce’s legacy was enriched through the fantastic advice she gave over the years. A few family favorites include: “if you see something you like, buy it,”  “don’t sweat the small stuff,” “let arguments of the past stay in the past,” “don’t borrow trouble,”  and “you’ll know it’s true love when you feel adored.”


Now reunited in heaven, there’s no question that Joyce and Stan are picking up right where they left off.  They’ll sit together in their family room – he in his recliner, and she on the sofa – surrounded by family photo collages and an extensive library of hardcover books. The two will happily watch Venus and Serena play each other in a grand slam final, agreeing that the Williams sisters, though impressive, aren’t quite as athletic as their own grandchildren. They’ll spend their evenings watching movies and listening to favorite CDs from their 25-disc shuffler, and will carve out time to play cards or go bowling with a few new friends – Sinatra, for sure, and probably Jackie O, with whom Joyce will share sunglasses. Long afternoons together laid back in lounge chairs by the pool will be the cherry on top. If anything is certain, it is that Joyce and Stan will continue to adore one another in the most spectacular love story the world has ever known.


Joyce was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Rose Solomon, her twin sister, Judith, her brother, Steven, and her husband, Stan. She is survived by her sister, Rayma Wyman, her four children, Steven Margolius (Linda), Susan Rousselle (Paul), Linda Presler (Ari) and Julie Hoy (Michael); her daughter-in-law Barbara Margolius; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandsons, and her precious poodle, Sally.


Services will be private. Donations can be made in Joyce’s memory to the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065.  To leave a condolence message for the family, please visit