Joyce L. Nafziger, age 61 years, of Wauseon, passed away Friday morning, Jan. 18, 2013, in her home following a nine year courageous battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 15, 1952, in Wauseon, the daughter of Ralph and Patricia (Chittenden) Link.
She married George W. Nafziger on March 22, 1975, and he preceded her in death on May 6, 2003.
A 1969 graduate of Evergreen High School, she received her BA in 1973 from Goshen (Ind.) College, and her Masters in Education from BGSU in 1991.
She was an elementary school teacher at Montpelier from 1973-1977 and a reading teacher at Archbold Elementary School from 1991-2004.
She enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening and reading. She was a member of the West Clinton Mennonite Church near Pettisville.
She is survived by four children, Eric (Sarah) Nafziger and Ryan (Melissa) Nafziger, both of Archbold, Jena (Jesse) Kaufman of Wakefield, Neb., and Joyclyn Nafziger of Wauseon; six grandchildren; her mother, Pat Andrews of Wauseon; two brothers, Gary (Lorene) Link of Morgantown, Ind., and Dave (Michelle) Link of Bellefontaine; a sister, Julie (Dave) Gugel of Wauseon; three stepbrothers, Ron (Roberta) Rupp of Paris, Texas, A.J. (Linda) Rupp of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Ed (Linda) Rupp of Lyons; and a stepsister, Nancy (Randy) Becker of Toledo.
She was preceded in death by her father; two stepfathers, Glenn Rupp and Charles Andrews Jr.; and her husband.
Memorial services were held on Tuesday at 11 am. at the West Clinton Mennonite Church with Pastors Tim Lehman and Dale Wyse offi- ciating. Interment preceded in the Pettisville Cemetery.
Short Funeral Home in Archbold was entrusted with the arrangements. www.ShortFun eralHome.com.