Joyce Ann Isom

February 06, 1944 ‒ October 19, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Joyce Ann Isom (Sibbersen), 74, died at her home in Marion after a long illness on October 19, 2018 with her family at her side.

Joyce was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1944, the oldest of three children of Andrew and Eleanor (Schmidlin) Sibbersen. She graduated from Clay High School and attended classes at Toledo University.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 52 years, Duane. He admits to tripping over a desk the first time he saw her while working together at JC Penney. The couple was married in Toledo and lived briefly in Marion before moving to Petersburg, Michigan, and then Fargo, North Dakota in the early 1980’s. The family returned to Marion in 1984, where they remained.

Joyce volunteered many hours at Marion Catholic High School, her children’s school, and rarely missed her kids’ sporting events. At one point in the 1970’s when her son’s baseball team was at risk of disbanding due to a lack of coaches, Joyce and her friend volunteered to coach the boys’ team at a time when there were few moms coaching boys’ sports.

Joyce was a devoted wife and mother, and loving “nana.” Left to cherish Joyce’s memory are her children: Leslie (Steve) Raabe of Annapolis, Maryland, Julie Isom of Albany, New York and Andrew (Amy) Isom of Marion; five grandchildren: Martin, Marcus, Emersyn, Oliver and Ireland, whom she adored; her brother Bruce (Jan) Sibbersen, of Woodville, Ohio and sister and best friend Beth (Jerry) Zohn of Toledo; she also leaves behind beloved nieces, nephews, brothers- and sisters-in-law and friends.

Her greatest joy in life was family and she particularly enjoyed vacations and holidays, as well as playing cards and games. Joyce was a kind, considerate person eager to help her family and friends. She took great joy in gardening and was proud of a first place May Day basket ribbon she received while visiting Annapolis, Maryland. Presidential history, especially that of the First Ladies, was an interest.

A positive outlook even in trying circumstances, a strong moral character and an extraordinary work ethic are just a few of the gifts that Joyce passed to her children. When she retired as a manager from Elder-Beerman, she was the longest-tenured employee with 23 years of service.

Born and raised a Lutheran, Joyce worshiped at the Catholic Church as an adult.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion from 10AM to 11:30AM; Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:30AM with Fr. Thomas Buffer officiating; burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul, 342 N Main St, Marion, Ohio 43302.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Isom family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting




  • Joyce and her family were the best neighbors we’ve ever had. They lived next door to us for too short a time but we enjoyed their family and appreciated the kindness Joyce always extended to us and our children. She helped me learn about certain plants and a great deal about backyard gardening.
    We are so sorry for the illness she had and for your loss.

  • Dearest Isom family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. Many of my favorite junior high school memories happened at the Isom house. Even as a kid, I was surprised at how Joyce genuinely seemed to like us even though it seemed like we could never stop screaming. We screamed when one of us said the name of a boy in our class….or mentioned the name of a rock musician we liked….I’m not even sure there was always a reason we screamed. We just did, and Joyce just smiled.

    The Isom house was a house of hugging, and Joyce was one of the hug-givers. She looked you in the eye when she asked you questions—she was one of those adults who seemed to really care about the answers. Another thing I remember clearly, because I found it so surprising. One day hanging out at her house, we were talking about parents and Leslie said, “My mom is so beautiful.” And she had the most loving look on her face. This was junior high. The custom at the time was to COMPLAIN about parents, not declare love.

    I know you’ve suffered a great loss this week, and the world has too since Joyce has left. I’m so sorry. Much love—and hugs—from Minneapolis. Love – Linda Z

    • Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and wonderful memories, Linda. My parents have always loved you! And I love you- Leslie

  • Duane, so sorry for your loss. You would remember me as Phyllis Mounts from school. I think we might even have had a relationship through DaLee Simmons who married my brother. Your wife seems like a lovely lady, and I know you will miss her everyday. My prayers are with you and your family.