Joy Margaret Keoppel

September 07, 1934 ‒ January 21, 2020

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Joy Margaret Keoppel departed this life on January 21, 2020 returning to the arms of her Lord and Savior.

Joy was born on September 7, 1934 to parents Councellor B. Keoppel and Mary Lois (Moore) Keoppel, Mercer County, Celina, Ohio.

She graduated from Rockford High School and continued her education at The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.  She went on to obtain her M.A. in Education from Bowling Green State University.  She spent her entire career of 31 years in the Mansfield City School system teaching at Empire Elementary, Rebecca Grubaugh Elementary and Ranchwood Elementary.

Joy was an avid traveler having visited all 50 states, 7 continents, including 90 countries.  She enjoyed her many friends, playing bridge and attending the activities at Primrose Retirement Community where she had been residing since April 2019.  She was a member of N.E.A., O.E.A., and Mansfield City School Employees Union.  Joy’s spiritual life was nourished at the United Methodist Church of the Cross in Lexington where she was a long time member and enjoyed being part of the Knitting Angels Group.

Joy is survived by her nephew Gregory John Keoppel and his wife, Beth Giles Keoppel; great niece Donna Cox and husband Derrick Cox, great nephews Nathan Keoppel and Aaron Keoppel; great great nephew Treyson Cox, and cherished special friend, Julia Schilling.

She was preceded in death by her brother, John D. Keoppel.

A memorial service celebrating Joy’s life and lifting up the values she cherished will be held on Monday January 27, 2020 at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.  There will be one hour of visitation beginning at 10 am with the service beginning at 11 am.  Rev. Ben Weisbrod will officiate.  Interment will be at Swamp College Cemetery in Celina, Ohio at a later date.

Memorial contributions to either of Joy’s favorite charities: The American Cancer Society or the Best Friends Animal Society, may be made through the funeral home.

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  • We are so sorry to hear of Joy’s passing. She was my father’s (Chester Green) cousin. Even though we did not see her often we always enjoyed her visits. In our younger years we saw her and Uncle Councellor and Aunt Lois at the Moore reunions. Those were great fun for all of us. If it is possible, please let us know when you will bring her to Swamp College Cemetery, I would appreciate it. I am sure that some of the remaining Green family would like to attend the graveside service.

  • Dearly Loved Aunt Grandma and Mom to us Joy Margaret, you poured your life out and into your family, your students and their parents, and your many, many precious friends. Our extreme thanks for your never-ending love and support. We all are so much better for having received the Joy love that keeps our hearts warm every day, and it will keep on giving us numberless memories to enJOY till we hopefully meet you again in Glory.
    We firmly believe you are resting in our Lord’s presence surrounded by all your Heavenly family. Wow, what an incredible life you lived, and a wonderful example of Christ’s love for us to seek daily. From cousin Carol Green Tedder: Death like a sunset, is a sunrise in Heaven.

  • Joy,
    Your friendship was so enjoyable me and my family. You have been so kind and loving to all of us.The memories will continue to cheer us along our journey thru life unto our heavenly home to meet again someday, May God rest you and give you peace.

  • Joy loved kids inside and outside the classroom. She always raved about her former students succeeding in life and would open her heart to any new kids she came across outside of school. We will all miss her.

  • Godspeed Ms. Keoppel! I am so glad I got a chance to tell her what an impact she had on me as a teacher. She came to both my parent’s calling hours and told me what a special family we were and how much she enjoyed having us as students . It was so nice to hear but so much better than that I got a chance to tell her how much she had impacted my life. She is one of my two all time favorite teachers and I told her so. A light has gone out in our world but I have no doubt she will be shining brightly elsewhere!