Joyce Fienberg
October 27, 2018

Funeral Information

October 31 2018 - 10:00 am
Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5915 Beacon St, Pittsburgh, PA 15217


Fienberg, Joyce Libman; On Saturday, October 27, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Stephen E. Fienberg. Devoted mother of Anthony (Magali) Fienberg of Paris, France and Howard (Marnie) Fienberg of Vienna, VA. Sister of Robert (Esther) Libman of Toronto. Grandmother of Tiffany, Selena, Victoria, Juliana, Adam and Sophie. Aunt of Chana (Nachum) Shore, Avi (Atara) Libman, Devorah (Michael) Kurin, Miriam (Ephriam) Leiderman, Daniel Fienberg and Ori (Emily) Fienberg. Also survived by great-nieces and nephews. Services at Beth Shalom Congregation, 5915 Beacon Street, Squirrel Hill on Wednesday, October 31 at 10 AM. NO PRIOR VISITATION. Interment Tree of Life Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Tree of Life/Or L'Simcha Congregation, 5898 Wilkins Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or Family House, 5245 Centre Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc.


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What a tragedy. Our hearts and prayers are with you from Chicago. May you get some small measure of comfort from the love and concern of the extended world community.

By Rochelle Katz - November 07, 2018

I first met Joyce at Camp Kawagama in Dorset, Ontario when we were in the same cabin. We then continued as counsellors together. Although we lost touch for a number of years, we reconnected at the camp reunion about 10 years ago when we picked up as if no time at all had passed and continued to stay in touch. I would see or speak to Joyce each time she came to Toronto. At times we had lunch but most often we chatted by phone. I last spoke to her from Pittsburgh in September. She was a wonderful friend whom I shall miss.

By Barbara Burke Beck - November 02, 2018

Mariana and I send our sincere and heart-felt condolences to the Fienberg and Libman families. I have known Joyce since we were 12 years old at camp. She was my first girlfriend. While we dated briefly as teenagers we became life long friends thereafter. Joyce introduced me to my first wife. We attended her wedding. Over the years, though we were in different parts of the world, visits occurred in Boston, San Francisco and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Steve visited us in New Delhi, London and Hong Kong. While distant in miles we always were in close touch. She was a sweet and loyal friend. Her gentle demeanour and love for family and friends will be sadly missed.

By Charles Godfrey - November 01, 2018

We in the Montreal Jewish community stand with you during this very difficult time. On Monday of this week, more than one-thousand Jews stood shoulder to shoulder with you in our local temple condemning hatred and anti semitism in all forms. L’Chaim!! Buruch Dayan Emet.

By HM - November 01, 2018

To the Fienberg and Libman families we offer our deepest sympathies and most heartfelt condolences. We did not know Joyce but her brother Robert is a colleague of ours from the original York Finch Hospital in Toronto. Joyce and her husband were fixtures at CMU and Pitt. I, David, grew up in Squirrel Hill, lived a block from CMU, attended Pitt, and was schooled and Bar Mitzvah at Tree of Life before moving to Toronto in 1975. As all Jews and people of conscience feel the pain of your loss, we regret not having shared Joyce's light before she was taken from you, We hope that he bond we feel to your families and the love and compassion we are seeing in Pittsburgh's community will shine brightly through this dark hour. No doubt, her memory is a blessing to all of us.

By David and Joanie Slavkin, Guelph, Ontario , Canada - November 01, 2018

I truly hope that Joyce's family reads my message, and I realize that most likely, they will not recognize my name. If someone else sees this message that knows her family, please convey my sentiments. I have had a wonderful friendship with Joyce for over 50 years. We first met in the mid-1960's and became good friends on an 8-week trip throughout Europe. In all of that time, Joyce would send me personal updates and holiday cards over the years. She never went too long before she would ask how my Sister (who passed away many years ago) and myself were doing. Occasionally, when she was in California with her husband at some conference, we would meet for lunch and catch-up. Joyce is one of the finest people I have ever known in my life. Her warmth, her grace, her loving personality, her depth of caring for others, are rare qualities. My heart is broken over this tragedy, and my prayers are with her family. She loved her family, and just beamed when she was talking about her children and grandchildren. With this message I am sending my love to her family, and my gratitude for having a long friendship. Joyce was truly a "Blessing" in my life. With condolences and warmth, Chuck Leo, Ph.D. Professor at Pepperdine University cell #: (714) 742-4239 e-mail:

By Chuck Leo - October 31, 2018

Tony & Howie, My deepest sympathies for you and your children on the loss of your mother. I will never forget that she made me feel as welcome in your home as I did in my own. I remember my Grandmother used to say “To be remembered is to remain alive.” Know that during my time as your friend before you moved away from Minnesota, all those times we hung out at your house ensured I will not forget your mom. May the kindness she showed the world remain forever in the hearts of those of us lucky enough to have known her.

By Tim White - October 31, 2018

I didn't know your mother, I'm not Jewish, and I live in Canada but I want to express sincere sorrow to you in your loss. The condolences submitted speak of a very fine lady. We Canadians grieve for the suffering of the Jewish people in Pittsburgh.

By Mary Moses - October 31, 2018

So very sorry for your loss. I hope and pray that in the days, weeks, and months ahead, your family can find a measure of comfort and peace in the resurrection hope. Isaiah 26:19

By Pamela Strong - October 31, 2018

and may God bless and comfort you and your family during this sad time. Melanie Jordan

By Melanie Jordan - October 31, 2018

To the family of Joyce Feinberg, I am so very sorry for your loss. Melanie Jordan

By Melanie Jordan - October 31, 2018

Anthony, Howard, and Entire Family and Friends, I am saddened by your loss and send my heartfelt condolences. Joyce will certainly be missed by all who knew her, and those she helped to educate at the University of Pittsburgh. Her elegance, magnificence, generosity, thoughtfulness, and caring spirit will carry on. Please continue to cherish your good memories. God is for you a safe place and strength; a help that is readily found in times of distress. (Psalm 46:1). The God of comfort will give you the courage and the strength to cope. May he comfort your broken hearts.

By Davis - October 31, 2018

May her memory be for a blessing. Sending our deepest condolences and love

By Fern and Bryan Daves - October 30, 2018

Sending deepest condolences and love to Joyce's cousins, Ellen and Susan Cole, to her brother and sister in law, sons and to all other family members. So many of us, in Toronto and elsewhere, share your sadness and shock. May Joyce's memory be a blessing.

By Michaele-Sue Goldblatt - October 30, 2018

Joyce was a kind and generous neighbor when we lived in Minnesota and our boys played together. The world is a poorer place without her. Our prayers are with all who loved her.

By Jim and Sarah White - October 30, 2018

Anthony and Howard, Our deepest sympathy. We will add our names to the long list of people who knew your mom, and dad. We met them during grad days at Harvard and have stayed in touch all these years. You would be surprised by how much we know about the two of you and your families. As kids you played with our two girls who were the same age. We vacationed with your parents, ate out, went to New Hampshire, and the list goes on and on. I was looking forward to our yearly chat with your mom in December where we would update each other for the passing year. Our thoughts and prayers are with the two of you, your wives, and your children. Love from Minnesota, Paul and Nancy

By Paul and Nancy Larson - October 30, 2018

Our hearts are broken, along with Joyce's family's ! May Joyce RIP ! May all of you find solace with your memories of Joyce, until you are reunited again in Heaven one day with her ! Fly High Joyce ! 😇 God Bless You, Dee, Tim, Zachary Martin and Jennifer Frenkil

By Jennifer Frenkil - October 29, 2018

To the family of Joyce Fienberg Joyce was a lovely person who really loved her friends and family. She took great delight in the people who meant so much to her. I enjoyed our lunches and friendship while I lived in Pittsburgh. May her memory bring peace to all.

By Karen Egorin - October 29, 2018

Deepest sympathies to Anthony and Howard and their families at the loss of their loving mother and grandmother. Joyce provided such warm support to those of us who were Steve’s graduate students. She is remembered fondly by many who passed through the CMU statistics department.

By Diane Griffin Saphire - October 29, 2018

Howard and Anthony, My heart - broken - is with you.

By Todd Simonds - October 29, 2018

Dear Family. My sincere condolences for your loss. I had known Joyce for much of my life in Toronto. She was in my class at Forest Hill Collegiate from grade 10 to 13 and before that in Junior High. I also knew her through Holy Blossom Temple where our families were both members. My Dad knew Joyce's Dad quite well. I also knew Steve with whom I shared a staff cabin one summer at Camp White Pine in Haliburton Ontario. Steve was a canoe tripper who took kids on canoe trips into Algonquin Park in Northern Ontario. A few months ago Joyce stopped here in Niagara on the Lake to visit with our mutual friend Chuck Godfrey and I came along for coffee. Joyce was as I remembered her when we were teenagers, except for the glasses. To me she hadn't changed at all. As expected and as I remembered her from school she was kind, soft spoken, resilient, elegant and dignified. Canadian media has covered this whole tragedy and tonight,Monday, there will be a huge vigil in Toronto for all of the victims. Joyce and Steve's photo has been shown on CBC Television and her story told. Holy Blossom Temple has been referenced as where Joyce was Confirmed and where she and Steve were married. I hope the respect shown her by our media and our thoughts give you some comfort.

By Allan Papernick - October 29, 2018

I live in Toronto, Canada and I wanted to reach out to the family of of this extremely brave woman who died so tragically last Shabbat. I want the family to know that Jews around the world mourn with you. I hope the many wonderful memories you have of Joyce help you through the days to come and your family never again feels the pain you are feeling know.

By Arlen Zacks - October 29, 2018