Joyce entered this world on July 16, 1929 in Galion, Ohio to the proud parents Wayne and Blanch Eckstein, now deceased. Joyce was diagnosed with M.S. in 1976, but she was a fighter Through all the pain and suffering, she always managed a smile – she was tough!!
My wife of 65 plus years. I was in the Navy, and our first residency was in Portsmouth, VA. in a third-floor apartment. We shared the bathroom with neighbors, had to carry water from there to the tiny kitchen sink, and had an ice box, no stove, but she had a pressure cooker that we cooked in on top of a fuel oil stove for our heat. Our weekends were a fun day in the park with hot dogs and beans. I could go on, but she always smiles, and we loved each other! Rest in peace Joyce, we’re together forever.
Joyce is survived by her sister Sally Gaiser and husband John, and our son, Bill and wife Debbie, daughter Kris Thompson and husband Phil, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Joyce wrote this poem approximately 10 years ago:
It’s night, and I run
Through sweet smelling, dew drenched grass
My dog, running on short little legs,
Happy to keep up with me
I feel the cool breeze on my cheeks
The bright moon lights my path
And I am happy
Then it’s morning
I stumble from my bed
And grab my walker
Hoping I’ll make it through the day
Without a painful fall
Waiting for the night
There will be a time of visitation held on Wednesday, August 8. 2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00 p.m. with the funeral service starting at 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Gardens Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Heritage Gardens Cemetery.