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Joy Grace Demidovich

July 14, 1936 ~ November 24, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old

Joy Demidovich Obituary

Joy Demidovich, age 87, passed away on November 24, 2023 while receiving care at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne.  Joy was born to Berniece (Stetler) Young of Van Wert and Russell Preston of Montezuma.  She graduated from Van Wert High School and The Ohio State University, where she met her husband, Carl.  In the early years of their marriage, Joy and Carl lived in Illinois, Okinawa, Japan, and Washington DC, while Carl was an officer in the US Air Force.  In 1965 they returned to Van Wert to raise their family.  She was a teacher with Van Wert city schools at Horace Mann Elementary for many years before retiring, and a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Joy is survived by her husband Carl, son Carl (Libby) Demidovich, daughter Jill (Kent) Smelser, daughter Lindsay Demidovich, and brother Robert (Sue) Young.


Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren include:  Kyle (Taylor) Smelser, Beckham, Bennet and Jamison, Springboro, OH; Katie (Kit) Fortescue, Archie and Josie, Brandon, FL; Morgan (Jacob)Triplett, Palmer, Boone, and Poppy, Celina, Ohio; Michael (Mikha)Smelser, Canoga Park, CA; Chelsea (Mike) Schweid,Hamden  and Maelyn, Denver, CO; Casey (Alissa) Hill, Ruby and Sven, Oak Creek, CO; Zach (Wendy) Hill, Juliette and Aiven, Thornton, CO; Alexander (Eileen) Demidovich, Nolan, Manhattan, NY; Tessa (Rafael) del Gallego, Kalina and Luna, Denver, CO; Ivan (Sharelle) Demidovich, Eliyanah, Denver, CO; Alex (Julie) Wathen, Luca and Cleo, Lyon, France.


Joy was preceded in death by her infant son Michael, beloved mother Berniece and step-father Harley Young, and brother Charles Young. 


Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00-8:00 pm at Brickner Funeral Home.  Her funeral mass will be held on Friday at 11:00 am at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, preceded by viewing at the church starting at 10:00 am.


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