M. Joyce Winand, age 86, formerly of Co. Rd. 22, Fredericktown, died Wednesday morning, September 9, 2015, at Lexington Court Care Center following an extended illness.
On November 1, 1928, Joyce was born in Morrow County, Ohio, the daughter of the late Raymond and Margaret (Stull) Williams. She was raised in the Johnsville / Waterford area, and graduated from Johnsville High School in the class of 1946.
After high school, Joyce worked at Reese Optical in Mansfield until she married her life partner, Harold "Kirby" Winand, on October 3, 1953, in the Waterford Methodist Church. Joyce later worked for many years at the Morrow County Election Board but primarily dedicated her life to caring for her family as a homemaker, taking in pride in her role as a "Mom" and "Grandma". Joyce and Kirby shared over 57 special years of marriage, and lovingly raised two sons: Bart and Brent. Kirby preceded her in death on March 13, 2011.
Raised during parts of the Great Depression and maturing during World War II, Joyce and Kirby demonstrated the fiscally conservative nature that many of their generation shared. Joyce was an optimist who rarely considered how much she had or how much someone else might have. Joyce remained a staunch democrat throughout her life and had served as the President of the Morrow County Democratic Women's Club. Joyce's passion often involved concerns for those less fortunate, who she believed were forgotten in a too often materialistic society. Joyce and Kirby emphasized to all the responsibility of "being your brother's keeper."
Joyce and Kirby loved to play games and laugh, and talk with their friends. Traveling with special friends, New Year's parties and other special events in their home and the homes of their friends were much anticipated and enjoyed.
Joyce and Kirby were members and regular fixtures at the Waterford United Methodist Church, where Joyce attended all of her life. As a Christian, Joyce believed tolerance and acceptance of others to be God's calling. The hours of commitment to the Waterford Church gave Joyce a great deal of pleasure. Joyce served as a Sunday School teacher and the director of numerous Bible Schools. Joyce and Kirby took special joy from their years of involvement in the After School program offered at the church for the children of the Waterford community.
Joyce believed in the words of Pope John Paul II, "When the moment of our definitive passage comes, grant that we may face it with serenity and without regret for what we shall leave behind. For in meeting our God, after having sought him for so long, we shall find once more every authentic good which we have known here on earth, in the company of all who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith and hope." Joyce truly earned those rewards, and we now rejoice for her.
Left to cherish her memory are her two sons: Bart (Karla) Winand and Brent (Ronda) Winand; six grandchildren: David (Tracie) Winand, Ashley Winand, Taylor Winand, Ridge Winand, Bailey Winand and Tanner Winand; two great-grandchildren: Natalie and Konnor Winand; a brother and sister-in-law, Wendell (Janet) Winand; and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Including her husband and parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law: Kenneth and Marlene Williams; and father and mother-in-law: Harold and Lucille Winand.
Her family greeted friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring her life were held there at 11 a.m. on Monday. The service was conducted by Joyce's nephew, the Reverend Keith Williams, who will be assisted by Waterford United Methodist Church Minister, Reverend Tadd Sponseller. Burial followed in North Fork Cemetery in rural Fredericktown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the care of the Waterford United Methodist Church, 20595 Waterford Rd., Fredericktown, OH 43019.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Joyce's family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.