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. or to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Rd, Dublin, OH 43017 (

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

  • I’m so so sorry my Best Friends/2nd Family 😢 The picture of Joyce is Beautiful, just how I will always remember her❤️ Love and Prayers for the entire Family 🙏🏼

  • Dear Family
    God’s blessings……we were the moms of the neighborhood. Our conversations were always about All our kids.. A real sweetheart.

  • So sorry for the family loss she was a long time family friend she well be missed and never forgotten Prayers for Her and the family God Bless you all . Steven Burton and Family

  • I had the privilege to work with her at Wacko in Carrington she was a fun person to be around prayers for the family.heaven gained a other 👼

  • Aunt Joyce, you called and checked me often after all of my (out) loss. I really appreciate it. I’ll always cherish that and our talks. And the day, you took me shopping on Black Friday. Your thrift shopping. RUP .. I LOVE.

  • Aunt Joyce, you called and checked me often after all of my (out) loss. I really appreciate it. I’ll always cherish that and our talks. And the day, you took me shopping on Black Friday. Your thrift shopping. RIP .. I LOVE.

  • Just wanted to say how very sorry I am for your loss. She was always so sweet whenever I talked to her.You all are in my thoughts 🥺


  • Dear aunt Joyce. I will miss u and I was glad to see u at Ginny funeral in 2012 my prayers go out to ur family and the rest of the ransom is pat

  • Joyce was like another mom to me when we were kids, so sorry to the family for your loss.

  • Uncle Dave, Kathy and Family, Chris and Family and Mike and Family. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Aunt Joyce was always happy to see us and welcome us into her home every time we got to visit. She was a beautiful, gracious lady and will be missed. Love to you all.

  • To all: I am SO SORRY for your loss!
    She has always been my favorite Aunt.
    She was funny and witty to the end making everyone chuckle. I am sure each one of you had your own special memories of her. Cherish those memories and be thankful for the time god let you have her. She was truly a blessing sent from heaven.
    Oh how I will miss you Aunt Joyce!!!

  • Kathy and the rest of the family;

    My deepest sympathies goes out to you’re family My God bless everyone one of u .. Kathy if u need anything or just talk let me know.

    Rick and Jimi Clark

  • Honestly, I really didn’t know Joyce. However, I do know her son, Chris, and over the past 12 years I’ve known him to be honest, considerate, kind and a faithful friend. In fact, a few years ago after I was in a serious accident he shut down his shop to come and take care of me. This tells me all I need to know about Joyce because she was an amazing Mom!

  • Chris, Mike, Kathy and Dave….. I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to your family. May God comfort you during this difficult time. She was a beautiful wife and mother. I love you all

  • I knew Joyce as a hard working considerate woman. My prayers are with you all for healing hearts and minds full of all the good that was Joyce Fricke.

  • Dave and family,

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers be with your during your time of sorry. Rest in peace in heaven Joyce. We had a lot of good times together with the entire Fricke Family. Memories that will be cherished forever.

  • Thoughts and prayers to the whole family for your loss. Joyce and i was good friends through the years while the kids were growing up but after we moved we lost touch and that’s something that happens to often and shouldn’t.RIP Joyce i’m glad the pain and suffering are gone.

  • So sorry for the loss of your loved one, she sounds like a wonderful person. Will pray for the family and hope all the good memories will help get you through these sad times. God bless you Robin Lester and Dave Denman

  • Dave, Chris,Kathy and Mike,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Joyce. She was a great lady and she loved her family dearly. Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Joyce will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.
    Judy Wolford

  • Joyce was a wonderful woman. My kids loved going to her house when they were little.
    Saddened for her her passing. I’m glad shes not suffering now.

    Love and prayers,
    Mary Jane

  • Dear famiily of Joyce Fricke I only knew Joyce for three or four years. I played Bridge and Euchre with her. She was a very nice lady. Her passing was a shock to me. I moved to Nebraska last November and did not know she was ill. I pray for peace within your hearts. Sincerely Shirley (Fowble) Robinson