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Joyce M. Drefahl passed away peacefully at Country Club Retirement Campus of Ashtabula on December 29. She was born October 14, 1931 to Donald and Josephine Hare of Ashtabula. She graduated from Edgewood High School in 1949. While she was in high school, she would go to the Ashtabula Movie Theater where she met her to be husband Gene. They were married for 53 years.
Joyce was a member of Eastside Presbyterian Church for more than 80 years and was the longest standing member of the church at the time of her passing. She always shared a warm smile and a nice word. She had many wonderful memories of the church and the many church friends she made during those 80 years. She was deeply loved by her church family and her many special friends.
She worked at the Toppit Diner and out of the home as a secretary for Penn Ohio Electric. Her husband worked as an electrician and foreman for Penn Ohio Electric. But what brought her the most joy was being a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother, a wife and a homemaker.
She was an avid bicyclist and could be seen riding all over town. She was a fabulous cook and baker and everyone appreciated her many home cooked meals, pies, cookies, homemade applesauce and cakes. She loved doing jigsaw puzzles and was a jigsaw expert. There was always a card table with a jigsaw puzzle in progress in her home.
She knew someone wherever she went, even if it was in another state! Her name was very fitting to her because so many people enjoyed her joyful energy. Her voice was one to be heard, whether it be for stories or a song.
She leaves behind many family memories. Her grandkids will forever remember many fun-filled times and special moments: Grandma Joyce pulling them in the little red wagon, blowing dandelion seeds and watching them swirl in the wind, feeding the fish at the Pymatuning Lake spillway, sharing Christmas mornings by the fire, ordering Chinese for the backyard Chinese picnics, playing cards, board games, going to their favorite shops on a shopping expedition or just sitting cuddled up under a blanket on the couch watching a movie or a favorite show. As the fourth generation arrived Great Grandma Joyce continued to enchant her great grandchildren with trips to Marianne’s chocolates, sharing a hot fudge sundae for two, discussions of dolls and teddy bears, visits to Lake Shore Park to visit the peacocks, to have a picnic, hangout at the beach or enjoy the lighted Christmas displays. Time with grandma and great grandma was always exciting and fun and you could always count on her to have freshly baked, perfected cookies, especially during the holidays.
She is survived by her son Steven (Cynthia) Drefahl, and daughter Dawn Tubman, grandchildren Jason(Monica), Jessica(Phil), Scott, Amber(Dan), Christopher and great grandchildren Neil, Addison, Isaac and Nathan, and many nieces and nephews.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gene, brothers Richard and Douglas and daughter Renee.
She will be greatly missed but has left happy memories with all the love, hugs and kisses she gave to her family and friends.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2024, from 11:00p-1:00pm with a funeral service to begin at 1:00pm at Fleming and Billman Funeral Home, 526 W. Prospect Rd., Ashtabula, Ohio followed by burial at the Edgewood Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the staff of Country Club Retirement Campus of Ashtabula and Hospice of the Western Reserve for the kindness, and compassion they showed Joyce during her several years while a resident at Country Club and in her last weeks of life. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joyce’s name to the East Side Presbyterian Church, 3440 Edgewood Drive, Ashtabula, OH 44004 or online at http://www.eastsidepres.org/donate