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Gayle H. (Hahn) Joyce

September 10, 1937 — January 2, 2021


Gayle H. Joyce, 83, of Tiffin, passed away 8:45 p.m. Saturday, January 2, 2021, at The Willows at Tiffin. Gayle was born in Cleveland on September 10, 1937, to the late Alvin and Suzette (Davies) Hahn. She married Robert Joyce on June 9, 1962, in Willowick, OH; he preceded her in death on December 30, 2009.

She is survived by her son, Sean (Chris) Joyce, and granddaughters, Maggie and Mollie, all of Tiffin.

A 1955 graduate of Willoughby Union High School, Gayle received a bachelor’s degree from Kent State, a master’s degree from Penn State, and a Ph.D. in microbiology from the Ohio State University.  She taught biology at both Heidelberg University and Terra State Community College and worked for many years as a clinical microbiologist at Fremont Memorial Hospital.

Gayle enjoyed her pets, reading, research, drawing, and gardening; she was proud of her work as an Ohio Master Gardener volunteer.

A private family service will be at Traunero Funeral Home and Crematory, 214 S. Monroe Street, Tiffin, Ohio  44883 (419) 447-3113. Interment will take place immediately following at Greenlawn Cemetery in Tiffin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Old Trinity Episcopal Church, Heidelberg University, the Humane Society of Seneca County, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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