Joyce Louise (Sherer) Wise, 84, died March 18, 2014.
She was born May 17, 1929, in Fremont, and was the daughter of Garnet and Mary Ruth (Jacobs) Sherer.
Joyce graduated from Jackson Burgoon School and married Charles Edwin Wise, a Sandusky County farmer, in 1948.
Joyce was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Fremont and part of the church bell choir. She loved music and was a talented pianist as well as an avid bridge player. As a lifelong, devoted Democrat on the local and national levels, she held several positions including 5th Congressional District committee woman, member of the Ohio Democratic State Federation of Women, member of the State Democratic Executive Committee, and president of the local Sandusky County Democratic Women's Group. She received the Helbert Award and was honored as the Sandusky County Democrat of the Year in 2003. Joyce was a member of the National Organization for Women and enthusiastically supported women's rights. She was also a dedicated volunteer for the American Red Cross and a member of the National and Ohio Farmers Union. Other interests included travel, reading and family. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Joyce will be remembered for her boundless energy and upbeat personality. Words cannot express how much she will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have known this extraordinary woman.
Joyce is survived by two brothers, George (Janice) Sherer of Malta and Carl Sherer of Green Springs; her four children, Roger (Sandra) Wise of Fremont, Kay (Jim) Polk of Atlanta, Kerry (Tom) Barth of Bellevue and Matt Wise of Toledo; her five grandchildren, Erin (Ian) Dixon Palmer of Atlanta, Natalie (Nick) Wise Muccio of Columbus, Greg Barth of Bellevue, Nadine (Matt) Wise Holbrook of Worthington and Stefanie (Peter) Rusin of Antioch, Ill.; and three great-grandchildren, Charlotte Kay Dixon, Benjamin Rusin and Luca Muccio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles.
A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 204 Wayne St., Fremont.
Donations in Joyce's honor can be made to the Fremont Birchard Library, 423 Croghan St., Fremont, or the Sandusky County Historical Society, 514 Birchard Ave., Fremont.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.kokm.net.