on June 21, 2014 - 9:05 PM
Sept. 12, 1932 – June 19, 2014
Joyce D. Moore, longtime food industry and dry-cleaning professional, died Wednesday in her Kenmore home under Hospice care after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 81.
Born in Gilbertsville, the former Joyce Towery moved around the East Coast with her family during the Depression. The family settled in the Buffalo area and in the early 1950s started the Williamsville-based Rinava Perfection Foods company. The company made gourmet salad dressings, based on the recipes of Ms. Moore’s mother, Wava Towery, who was a chef at the former Hackney House restaurant in Amherst.
Ms. Moore helped out with the family business on and off during the 1960s and early ’70s, later becoming a part-owner, along with her parents and two brothers.
While working for the family business, Ms. Moore was involved in all phases of the manufacturing process, from purchasing and production, to sales and distribution. The company sold thousands of jars of salad dressing a year to supermarkets and restaurants, including the Coachman’s Inn and Romanello’s Prime Rib. The company also sold wholesale through S.M. Flickenger.
Rinava went out of business in 1974 with the declining health of Ms. Moore’s mother.
Ms. Moore attended Amherst Central High School, and she lived and worked most of her life throughout Western New York. She left school two months before graduating to work as a full-time waitress at some of the area’s finer restaurants, including the former Town and Country. However, she returned to school in her 50s, earning a GED as well as a business certificate from the former Kensington Business Institute.
Ms. Moore completed her working career in dry-cleaning, retiring in 1999.
She enjoyed antique hunting, painting and watching birds from her back porch, as well as frequent family gatherings at her home.
Survivors include two sons, Mark Towery and Mike Moore; three daughters, Joyce Kryszak, Peggy Sue Shiesley and Kelly Kroh; 21 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Kenmore.