Joyce A. Grinold, July 9, 2018

Joyce A. Grinold, 80, of Roseland Park Road, formerly of Canton, CT died Monday morning surrounded by her loving family. For more than 35 years, she was the loving wife of the late William B. Grinold. Born in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Richard J. and Ada Starratt Ledden of Collinsville, CT. After attending Central Connecticut State Teacher's College, Joyce married her first husband, Melvin Alberts, in 1957. Together they had four children. In 1969, Joyce pursued her love of literature by establishing “The Bookshelf” in Canton Village, Canton, CT. After marrying the late William (Bill) Grinold in 1981, Joyce became a realtor associated with R. Sparrow Hicks of Woodstock. Together with her cousin, Luella Marshall, Joyce was instrumental in helping track the genealogy of more than 5,000 members of the Starratt family who migrated from Scotland to Nova Scotia in the 1700's. Joyce took great pleasure in the achievements of her children and grandchildren. Her extended family included three dogs: Rosey, Sara, and Zeus. Joyce is survived by her two sons, Michael Alberts of Woodstock, CT and David Alberts of Ellington, CT; two daughters, Susan Hennigan and Lisa Kelly, both of Woodstock, CT; five step-children, Heidi Derbyshire of Lincoln, MA, Peter Grinold of Rutland, VT, Paul Grinold of Fort Myers Beach, FL, Mindy Bicknell of Andover, NH, and Alicia Hamblett of Barrington, RI; ten grandchildren, Mark Gagnon of Sarasota Springs, NY, Brian Hennigan of Elkridge, MD, Amy Tatro of Johnson, VT, Zachary Alberts of Boston, MA, David Kelly, Cleo Alberts, Owen Kelly, and Seth Kelly, all of Woodstock, CT; and Andrew and Grace Alberts, both of Ellington, CT. In addition, she is survived by great grandson, Eisen Tatro of Johnson, VT; as well as two brothers, David Ledden of Collinsville, CT and Craig Ledden of Hawaii. Funeral services and cremation are private and have been entrusted to Gilman Funeral Home and Crematory, 104 Church St, Putnam. Memorial donations may be made to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Rd, Newington, CT 0611. For memorial guestbook, please visit
Published in The Hartford Courant on July 13, 2018