Joy Freedman

Joy I. Freedman

June 15, 1968 - May 30, 2021
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    Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 | 2:30pm
    Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 2:30pm
    Private Funeral in Levinson's Chapel with Webcasting
    Please click the view the webcast link above to watch the funeral service.
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    408 Donegal Drive
    Towson, MD 21286
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    Wednesday following the service until 6 pm and then 7-9 pm, Thursday, 1:30 - 4:30pm and 7:00-9:00pm, and Friday, 1:30 - 4:30pm.


Donations are being accepted for:
Colon Cancer Alliance

1025 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 1066, Washington, DC 20005

TRU Rescue

P.O. Box 27, Phoenix, MD 21131


Joy I. Freedman,, of Towson, MD, passed away on Sunday, May 30th, 2021 at the age of 52. She is survived by her wife, Lisa Gilden; son, Cole Jacob Stone Freedman; co-parent and dear friend, Jocelyn Stone; step-sons, Benjamin Gilden-Weiner and Samuel Gilden-Weiner; niece, Grace Heinecke; nephews, Hunter and Ian Heinecke; brother, Ross Freedman. She was predeceased by her parents, Janet and Leonard Liberman and Ronald Freedman.

Joy leaves a legacy of love and generosity, having had an immeasurable impact on many lives, human and canine. She was a tireless and passionate advocate, and an inspiration to everyone who knew her. A caring and devoted mother, wife, and friend, Joy was greatly loved by so many and will be deeply missed.

A private funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 at 2:30 pm. Others are welcome to watch virtually via the webcasting link. Interment private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Colon Cancer Alliance, 1025 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1066, Washington, DC 20005 or TRU Rescue, The Joy Freedman Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 27, Phoenix, MD 21131 or any other local dog rescue. The family will be in mourning at 408 Donegal Drive, Towson, MD 21286, Wednesday following the service until 6 pm and then 7-9 pm, Thursday, 1:30 - 4:30pm and 7:00-9:00pm, and Friday, 1:30 - 4:30pm.
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Marlene Kurland

Posted at 12:41pm
Dearest Cole, Lisa, Jocelynn and to all who knew and loved my second cousin Joy. Although 20 years my junior, and that I spent most of my time in recent years in Florida. we always shared a connection in the family and she even spent an afternoon with me, while visiting Florida. Joy was a remarkable woman in so many ways, so caring so loving, so hard working and of course we all know so strong and brave in ways I know I could never be. She was all this and so much more. The thing is, that with Joy, as much as she had so much going on with her own life, and just trying to stay alive, she was still there to help anyone she could and in any way possible. Joy adored her handsome Cole and beautiful Lisa. Sam and I were so happy to see her get married and I know her mom, Janet, my first cousin, was so happy and proud of her always. It's always too soon to say goodbye, especially to someone as wonderful as our Joy. Will love you forever

Laura Rashkin

Posted at 09:12pm
Dear Lisa, Cole and family, We were lucky to meet Joy when she trained us to help our dogs. What a beautiful person! So knowledgeable, confidant, astute, passionate, warm, funny. She spoke of you with so much love and pride. I admire and respect her so much. May her memory continue to be a blessing. Always.
Laura, Ian, and Anna Rashkin

Raymond Lee Buckingham

Posted at 09:17am
I met Joy in the early 90's when we worked for the same video chain. We became instant friends and I saw even then the compassion, love and happiness she brought to everyone. We had not seen each other for years when FB brought us back together. Through this we stayed in touch and saw each other a couple of times over the years. My heart goes out to Cole and Lisa and the rst of the family. She touched us all and will be surely missed!

Pat Lynagh

Posted at 03:43pm
I only knew Joy for a few years, but I could see right away that she was a beautiful soul. She fought the good fight for herself and for others who were facing their own battles. Although we weren’t related, I was privileged to receive the honorary title of “Aunt” from Joy, and I treasure it greatly. Now it is time to rest from your struggle, my friend. You have earned it. We will all miss you so much.

Jennifer Ruddle

Posted at 02:59pm
I’m so heartbroken. Thank you, Joy, for being a huge blessing to me (and my dog) in this world. You supported both my cancer journey and my rescue dog. Isabella and I will always have a special place in our hearts for you. Sending so much love and prayers to Lisa, Cole and everyone who knew and loved you.

Debra Honick

Posted at 02:52pm
My thoughts and prayers to all of Joys' family. She was a lovely, kind and devoted person. Such a loss to the world but I am grateful to have known Joy. My deepest sympathy to her family.

Pam Rogers

Posted at 02:50pm
I am so sad. Even in her toughest moments Joy shared her love and humor with us all. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Tommy and I both have such fun memories of time that we spent with her. She is a treasured part of our lives.


Posted at 01:53pm
I was shocked when I found out about your loss, Joy was such a kind hearted soul she will be sorely missed . May her memory be a blessing

Jeff Kram

Posted at 10:18am
May her memory be a blessing.

Laura and Wayne Zemon

Posted at 10:14am
So sorry about Joy. She was a wonderful person, mother, wife and great friend.
She will surely be missed.

Paula Chambers Raney

Posted at 09:18am
Thank you family for the gift of love and kindness. Thank you for freely sharing your Joy.

Craig Terkowitz

Posted at 08:39am
I will miss you , cousin. Sincere condolences to your family, friends, and all who loved you.

Rachael Beron

Posted at 07:59am
Joy was an amazing and beautiful soul gone way to soon. Everyone who knew her loved her. I don't think there was ever a time, I didn't see Joy with a big smile on her face. I will cherish the memories I have of her forever.
My deepest sympathy to Lisa, Cole, and Jocelyn.


Posted at 11:37pm
Credo che non si muoia, si diventa solo ombre che si posano ai piedi di fiori non visti, tu Joy sarai sempre li accanto ai più belli, più puri ai più divertenti a quelli che non si dimenticano mai.
Arrivederci amica mia

Hillary Mazer Stishan

Posted at 11:31pm
What comes to mind when I think of Joy is her Vibrance. She just radiated Sunshine...she glowed. I will always think of her in that way. Cole, Lisa, & Jocelyn...may all of your loving memories of this extraordinary woman comfort you as you heal from this immeasurable loss. Lots of Love to all who loved her. XoXoX

Stacey Bass McPherson

Posted at 07:59pm
"Joy" was undoubtedly the perfect name for the amazing, loving person we all knew, loved, and admired. Your passion for every cause you championed was inspiring and unparalleled, and the world is a much better place from having you in it. For all of us who were lucky enough to have had Joy in our lives, the hole left behind will be so very hard to fill. I, for one, will endeavor to carry on a little of your legacy by putting my own heart and soul into causes that mean the world to me. To Cole, Lisa, and Jocelyn - my most profound condolences to you all as you navigate this new path. Just know that all of us who loved Joy are behind you every step of the way, hands on your backs, holding you up and helping you to move forward. Joy - rest in peace, sweet friend. Until we meet again...

Francine Donaldson

Posted at 07:18pm
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a time. How lucky am I to have been touched by a person so selfless, loving, caring and committed, to her family, friends, puppies and passion as Joy!

Joy, you were a warrior from the jump and I am so grateful to have been touched by you! Lisa and Cole, know you were and are her everything! Love, Fran

Terry Irons

Posted at 05:22pm
Lisa we are sending you so much love. Joy was a special woman and we have special memories of her from the night you met to your wedding, to her working with Wally. Anyone who had such a special gift to work with animals surely was a blessing for this world. Love Terry

Karen Rosenberg

Posted at 03:53pm
I am so saddened to read of Joy's passing. She was a community gem and a strong, passionate advocate for everything she felt was right. We've lost a strong voice with her gone. My deepest condolences to Lisa, Cole and everyone who feels her loss. Thank you, Joy.

Roy Plummer

Posted at 02:56pm
My heart its broke, Joy was not only a source of entertainment, but an abundance of knowledge of the animal world, I will never forget the kindness and love she showed everyone that come around her.

Holly, David, and Rachel Millman

Posted at 02:05pm
We are so saddened by the passing of Joy and send our deepest condolences to her family. I grew up on Ripple Rd. across the street from Leonard, and then we crossed paths again when Joy took amazing care of our westie Clyde in Worthington Park. She was truly the dog whisperer, and such a genuine, loving person. We sent a donation in Joy’s memory and she will never be forgotten. Love, hugs and licks forever.

Michael Alper and Zachary Berger

Posted at 01:17pm
Dear Lisa, Cole, and all who loved and were loved by Joy:
Our hearts are stricken by the loss of such an extraordinary being. We know how deeply she loved you and how committed she was to the causes she fought for. We wish -- as would anyone who knew her at all -- that we could have had more opportunities to spend in her spirited and uplifting company, but we are grateful for the times we did share with her. When she first met our troubled dog Bix and, within seconds, had him hanging on her every gesture, we saw immediately what a gift she had for connecting with others, whether dog or human. She leaves an immeasurable void, but we hope her legacy and the beauty of memory may provide you some measure of consolation in your grief.
זיכרונו לברכה

Catriona Henderson

Posted at 01:11pm
We were quiet friends. Friends no less. How lucky heaven & the rainbow bridge are to have you. I know you are surrounded by so much love. You are so loved here.
You are all around us. Thank you for bringing us Brooks, updating us gently that he ate the window ledge! For helping me with Gibson, understanding my sorrow. For Cc snuggles & Luna love. For introducing us to you beautiful wife who we will support, love & protect until we all meet again. Your quiet friends.
C & E

Greta Engle

Posted at 12:58pm
Joy was one in a million, and all of us were better with her on this earth and in our lives. There's no fairness in death, and she should still be with us. So much love to Lisa and Cole in your grief, which I cannot begin to imagine. I hope there is some comfort in the blessing of Joy's imprint on your lives. We share in your sorrow, and hope in time you can heal.

Beth Kohn-Converse

Posted at 12:37pm
I knew Joy and her brother Ross from growing up and living on Bonnie Ridge drive. Through Facebook I have seen what an incredible warrior she has been as she fought this horrible disease while still being an advocate for both Colorectal education and early detection and dog rescue and training. Not to mention her role as wife and mother. Can’t understand why she was taken so young but I am positive that she will continue her efforts from a bigger place now and that her light will continue to shine here through those who loved her and had the fortune of being part of her life. Love to Lisa, Cole and Jocelyn.

Suzanne Krupa

Posted at 12:28pm
My sincerest condolences to Cole, Jocelyn, Lisa and family for your extraordinary loss. I had the blessings to meet Joy and befriend her over 25 years ago. Her love, kindness, generosity and laughter have impacted and touched my life and many others. I am humbled and eternally grateful for her in my life. May her spirit always be with usn 💕🙏

Bryan Hecksher

Posted at 11:53am
Joy and family,
I was so sorry to hear the news. My mind raced to all of the laughs, good times and focused on the warrior she was! She loved with all of her heart, for humans and animals! She her laugh and light will be missed!

Hillary Sachs

Posted at 11:17am
Dearest Lisa, Cole and Jocelyn,
It is with the heaviest of heart that I send you all my love.
As is no surprise, Joy was and is the strongest, most loving and
extraordinary woman that I have known. I feel so graced and honored
to have had her in my life and to call her family.
Again, love you all, Hillary

David Harrison

Posted at 10:59am
Joy was always a nice, bright and cheerful kid, going back to our Wellwood days, and clearly an inspiring, motivated and determined woman. My sincere condolences to Joy's family and my hope that her memory will be a blessing for all the people, and dogs, who knew her.

Debbie Schwartz

Posted at 10:55am
Joy was my hero and an incredible warrior! She had endless energy and love to share and I am truly in awe of how she fought her disease so gracefully and valiantly while continuing to advocate for causes that meant the most to her . To Cole, Lisa and Jocelyn - you all took wonderful care of JOY and she knew how much you loved her! To all of us who knew and loved Joy, we are much better people for having know her RIP my friend!

Dawn Jewett

Posted at 10:45am
Joy, you fought so hard and for so long my heart breaks for your family. I find comfort in knowing you are resting peacefully and no longer fighting. My sincerest condolences to your son Cole and wife Lisa. May God Bless them both. I'll miss you my friend...

Joan Uhlfelder

Posted at 09:03am
Lisa, Cole,Jocelyn .....I’ve know Joy since she was a young child and a friend of my daughters ...she was our dog trainer for Maggie and found our current rescue, Tucker for us 5 years ago. To say Joy was special is an understatement. She was a courageous, caring woman..and so very Brave. Rest In Peace Joy 🙏🏻
She will be missed by all who loved her 💛


Posted at 08:35am
I will remember you all the days of my life, my sweet Joy. I know that every soul you touched, 2 legged, and 4 legged, were waiting for you. Until we meet again... I love you.

Ellen, Jim and Ethan

Posted at 08:31am
You fought the fight Joy and advocated for so many. My condolences to Cole, Lisa, Jocelyn and all your family and friends.

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