Joyce L. Fricke
August 24, 1938 ‒ June 20, 2019
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Joyce L. Fricke, age 80, of Mount Gilead, passed away at her home early Thursday morning, June 20, 2019, following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
On August 24, 1938, Joyce was born in Gambier, OH, one of 12 children of the late Felix and Oletha (Butt) Ransom.
Joyce married the love of her life, David G. “Dave” Fricke on August 14, 1964, when they eloped to Kennesaw, GA. They shared the last 54 wonderful years together as husband and wife.
Joyce loved being at home taking care of and raising her children. She held the title of “Neighborhood Babysitter” during that time also, taking care of over 75 other children during those years. She later spent 13 years working in quality control for Cardington Yutaka Technologies. There, she was known by many of her co-workers as “Grandma.”
To many, Joyce was known as the “Lottery Lady,” and was rather partial to the Ohio Lottery scratch off tickets. She also enjoyed her Bridge Club, playing Euchre with the “old ladies,” Yahtzee and Bingo. She was an active member of the VFW Post 8054 Ladies Auxiliary.
Joyce’s family meant the world to her, and she particularly cherished time with her grandchildren. Her family loved her cooking, with her chicken and noodles being the hands down favorite, closely followed by her spaghetti and fried chicken.
Joyce will be remembered as a spunky, sassy lady, a bit of a firecracker. She spoke her mind, was extremely blunt and honest, but you always knew where you stood with her. She displayed tough love, but was very caring and loving at the same time.
Joyce will be dearly missed by her four children: Gary (Susan) Adams of Glen Burnie, MD, Chris (DeeDee) Fricke of Mount Gilead, Kathy Graham of Mount Gilead, Mike Fricke of Mount Gilead; six grandchildren: Cameron Fricke, Cory Fricke, Kaci (Ryan) Lanker, Kortni (Tony) Coots, Amber Wolfe, Michael (Christen) Wolfe; eight great grandchildren: Kinsli, Kindyl, Nori, Zak, Shawn, Zayden, Kylie, Keegan; one great grandchild on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by 11 brothers and sisters.
Joyce’s family will greet friends from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services to honor and celebrate her life will follow at 4:00 p.m. with Hospice Chaplain Chris Plough officiating. Everyone is invited to share a meal and fellowship with the family afterwards at the VFW Post 8054, 4960 State Route 61, Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
Rather than flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joyce’s name to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South St., Mount Gilead, OH 43338 (www. hospicemorrowcounty.org) or to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Rd, Dublin, OH 43017 (www.cancer.org).
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Joyce’s family, and your special memories or condolences may be shared with them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.