Joyce A. Kreps

June 27, 1933 ‒ February 27, 2020

Galion, Ohio

Joyce A. Kreps, 86, of Galion passed away Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Signature HealthCARE in Galion.

She was born June 27, 1933 in Bucyrus and was the daughter of Howard K. and Edythe L. (Brocklesby) Stebbins. On November 26, 1952 she married Jack D. Kreps and they enjoyed nearly 53 years of marriage until his passing on November 5, 2005.

Joyce graduated from Galion High School in 1951 and graduated from the Mansfield General School of Nursing with an RN Degree in 1954. She worked as a Registered Nurse for Mansfield General, Dr. Clarence Adams, formerly of Galion, and retired from the Galion Hospital.

Joyce was a member of Alphi Phi Sigma, and the Mansfield Nursing Alumni Association. She enjoyed crafts and absolutely loved her pets.

Joyce is survived by daughter Belinda K. (Michael) Nehmsmann of Fairfield, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; sisters Jean Quay of Indianapolis, Indiana and Jane Ann Flory of Findlay and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a son Bradley Kreps and a sister Janet Baehr.

Following her wishes, there will be no service held.

Memorial contributions may be made to Avita Home Health & Hospice in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Joyce Kreps, and condolences may be made to them at

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  • To the Kreps, Stebbins, Brocklesby Families,
    Joyce loved being a nurse and her children and grandchildren. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for the passing of Joyce.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • I’m so sorry to hear about Joyce’s passing, I worked with her at Galion Community Hospital. Sending prayers to the Kreps family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Joyce was a precious person and a great nurse. We felt very privilege to have her as our friend down through the years.

  • So sorry to hear this news, Joyce was a wonderful, kind neighbor to us. You are in our prayers. Carol and Charlie Clark

  • Our most sincere sympathy to Belinda and entire family! Joyce was such a help showing us our house. and meeting the owners! We enjoyed being her neighbors!! Prayers to all! Emery, Marge and Mike Shaffer

  • Dear Belinda and family,
    So sorry for the loss of Joyce. You are in my thoughts. DeAnn Ventrone Mills

  • Dear Belinda,
    So very sorry for the loss of your mother. May your memories sustain you in this difficult time. And may she Rest In Peace.

  • “Wings for Joyce Ann”
    We listen to the tales and romanticize,
    How we’d follow the path of the hero.

    Boast about the day when the rivers overrun,
    How we rise to the height of our halo.

    Listen to the tales as we all rationalize,
    Our way into the arms of the savior.

    Feigning all the trials and the tribulations.
    None of us have actually been there,
    Not like you…

    Ignorant siblings in the congregation.
    Gather around spewing sympathy,
    Spare me…

    None of them can even hold a candle up to you.
    Blinded by choice, these hypocrites won’t see.

    But enough about the collective Judas.
    Who could deny you were the one who illuminated
    Your little piece of the divine?

    And this little light of mine, a gift you passed on to me
    I’m gonna let it shine
    To guide you safely on your way.

    Your way home…

    Oh, what are they gonna do when the lights go down?
    Without you to guide them all to Zion?
    What are they gonna do when the rivers overrun
    Other than tremble incessantly?

    High is the way,
    But our eyes are upon the ground.
    You are the light and the way.
    They’ll only read about.
    I only pray heaven knows,
    When to lift you out.

    10,000 days in the fire is long enough.
    You’re going home…

    You’re the only one who can hold your head up high.
    Shake your fist at the gates saying,
    “I’ve come home now!
    Fetch me the spirit, the son and the father.
    Tell them their pillar of faith has ascended.

    It’s time now!
    My time now!
    Give me my
    Give me my wings!”

    Give me my wing

    Give me my wings

    You are the light, the way,
    That they will only read about.

    Set as I am in my ways and my arrogance.
    Burden of proof tossed upon the believers.
    You were my witness, my eyes, my evidence,
    Joyce Ann unconditional one.

    Daylight dims leaving cold fluorescence.
    Difficult to see you in this light.
    Please forgive this bold suggestion.
    Should you see your maker’s face tonight,
    Look him in the eye.
    Look him in the eye and tell him,
    “I never lived a lie, never took a life,
    But surely saved one.

    It’s time for you to bring me home.”