Joyce A. Sabins

Date of Passing:

November 4, 2023

Sabins, Joyce A., 70, of Read Street, Riverside, died peacefully on November 4, 2023 at home surrounded by her loving family. She was the former wife of Ernst F. Nerstheimer Sr. of Riverside.

Born in Providence, a daughter of the late John and Edith (Lewers) Sabins, she lived in Riverside for 32 years.

Ms. Sabins was the owner-operator of Bookkeeping Advantage, East Providence for 40 years, where she was an accountant and bookkeeper.

Joyce enjoyed gardening, crocheting, crafting, Legos, cooking, baking, antiquing and spending time with her loving family.

She is survived by a son, Erik J. Nerstheimer of Kingston, RI and a daughter, Carrie D. Rodwick of Riverside; four grandchildren, Stephen, Erik, Joey and Ellie; three sisters, Carol E. Sabins of Warwick, Nancy L. Cesario of Smithfield and Norma L. Sabins of Warren. She was the mother of the late Ernst F. Nerstheimer and sister of the late Jean E. Carpenter.

Calling Hours will be held on Monday November 13, 2023 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 1-3 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Joyce’s memory to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, 1302 Main St. St Johnsbury, VT 05819 would be deeply appreciated. The Sabins family invites everyone to a reception at Chelo’s Restaurant, 911 Warren Ave, East Providence from 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Online Condolences


  1. Carrie and Family, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Your mother was such a kind and caring person and I considered her a good friend for many years. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Carrie, I have just heard the sad news of your mother’s passing. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family at this sorrowful time. May happy memories of time spent together be of comfort to you now and in the coming days…

  3. Erik, Carrie and Uncle Ernie,

    I’m so very sorry the loss of Aunty Joyce. Her infectious smile and caring disposition will surely live on as her legacy. She is truly at peace now. Thinking of all of you during this sad time.

  4. Thinking of you and your family, Carrie.🩷

  5. Carrie my prayers and well wishes are for you and your family.

  6. I was shocked and quite sadden to learn of the passing of Joyce. I had been a client of hers for more than 25 years. When she informed me she had to let me go because of retirement, I could hear and feel the guilt and sadness in her voice. Needless to say , we were both sad. We did continue to stay in contact. We had many spirited conversations outside of work that always seemed to end with her telling me know about her grandchildren !
    Joyce was a kind and woman and friend who left a footprint on the lives of so many of us who were fortunate enough to meet her. We need more people like her in this world. My sincere prayers and thoughts are with your family at this time.

  7. My condolences,prayers,love and hugs to you Carrie and family.

  8. Carrie and Family my prayers are with you. My deepest condolences.🙏

  9. I wanted to share my heartfelt sympathy during this painful time. I know words can’t bring someone back, but I do hope they bring you some comfort during the darker days. I will miss Joyce’s sense of humor, her feelings for humanity, and her work ethic. ❤️❤️❤️🙏🙏🙏

  10. Dearest Mr. Nerstheimer, Erik and family and Carrie and family. Words cannot express the extreme condolences myself, and so many others have for you. Joyce was a beautiful lady that I had the pleasure of knowing both personally and through so many stories shared by other most precious daughter ever-Carrie. The amount of love and selflessness she possessed was that of a truly magnificent woman, mother, grandmother and human. May her beautiful soul rest in peace and may you feel the love we are sending your way

  11. Dear Erik and Carrie,
    I had the privilege of knowing and working with Joyce for the better part of 30 years and considered her a fine person and dear friend. I extend my condolences to you and commend her soul to God. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her and loved her.

    Fr. Roger Durand
    Saint Patrick Catholic Church
    Cranston, RI

  12. Dear Carrie,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. You’re in my thoughts and prayers to you and family.

  13. Dear Carrie,

    I was so shocked to see this. Your mother was such a nice lady. And i really enjoyed our
    talks when I would pass by with the dogs. Our deepest sympathy to you and all of your family at this very sad time.
    Carol and Dave Martin (neighbors on Allen)

  14. Dear Erik, Carrie and Ernie,

    Charlie and I are so terribly sorry to hear of the passing of our dear Joyce.
    We have been together forever (teenagers to be exact) and your mom was such an amazing person; we will all love her forever. Her love and warm smile live on in all of our memories. We are so very sorry and send hugs and all our love to you all.

  15. Mira and I have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. So sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Joey and your family .

  17. Dear Carrie, my deepest sympathies to you and your family. ~Alex

  18. Sending hugs and prayers to you at this sad time. Your in my thoughts.

  19. So terribly sorry…peace and love to all…marty

  20. Losing a parent is a terrible thing to go through, made even worse when you are as close as you and your mom are. Condolences and prayers for you and your family.

  21. Carrie I am so sorry for your loss.

  22. Dear Carrie and family. So sorry to hear of yiur Mom’s passing. I know she was the best friend to you as well as a loving Mom. Take solace in knowing she knew she was loved. Love you my friend

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