Joyce Ann Biziak (nee Hess), age 81, longtime resident of Kirtland, Ohio, departed this world on March 22, 2019 surrounded by her family under the care of Cleveland Clinic’s Hospice Service. Joyce was born April 9, 1937 in Emporium, PA. Joyce lost her beloved husband, Leo Biziak, in 1995 and remained widowed the rest of her life. Preceding her in death, she was the daughter of Frank & Catherine (nee Brosky) Hess, and sister of Frank Hess Jr.
Joyce graduated from Shaw High School in 1955. During her working years, she was employed at White Motors, Ft. George G. Meade in Maryland, and lastly as an administrative assistant at Rotor Tool. Joyce continued her education at Lakeland Community College. Early on, participating in 4H, Joyce enjoyed showing and training Doberman Pinschers (her favorite dog); later in life downsizing to a Dachshund, Min-Pin and lastly a Chihuahua. She had many talents and interests, one of her favorite hobbies was sewing and she made her own exquisitely creative cloth dolls. She also enjoyed oil painting. She collected dolls and was an active buyer and seller on eBay for many years. When she was able, she also loved to travel and see the world.
In 1972, Joyce embarked upon what she called the most satisfying adventure of her lifetime. She was the first ever in the state of Ohio to attempt to establish adoption proceedings between Ohio and South America, adopting first a son and then 21 months later, a daughter, both infants. In doing so, she paved the way and for several years assisted many other couples add children to their families by establishing the protocol that would allow out of country adoptions. Eternally grateful to her, those families still kept contact with her to this day.
Joyce had a zest for life, and was always curious to learn and try new things. Blessed with an intellectual nature, she was technologically savvy and possessed vast knowledge on a variety of topics/issues and was a great resource to all that knew her. When her health prevented her from crafting, she continued to participate in hobbies, family get-togethers and church events, and events with friends (Fabulous Over 50 Late Bloomers Red Hat Chapter of Lake County), many of whom have since already passed on. Joyce was strong and independent, but also loving, friendly and social. She was a planner, a deep thinker, very determined and very thorough. She loved to laugh and possessed a quick wit. She loved the beauty of nature, the wisdom of the Bible, and her family and friends. It was (and is) her hope and prayer, that none would perish but receive eternal life by God’s Grace. Joyce was cherished and will be dearly missed by all.
Loving mother of Heston Biziak and Kathryn “Katie” Hoover (husband Kip); cherished daughter of the late Frank and Catherine (nee Brosky) Hess; dearest sister of the late Frank Hess Jr.; dear aunt of Dori and Frank Daniel Hess and great-aunt of Sloane Facemyer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Joyce to Chester Christian Center, 11815 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, OH 44026. Celebration of Life Service Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 11 AM at THE FUNERAL HOME. Burial following at Willoughby Cemetery.
Family will receive friends to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of Joyce at THE DeJOHN-FLYNN-MYLOTT FUNERAL HOME OF WILLOUGHBY HILLS, 28890 CHARDON ROAD (between Bishop Rd. and Rt. 91) WEDNESDAY 4-7 PM & THURSDAY MORNING 10-11 AM.
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Stefan J Sawczak
Joyce was a blessing to our church in Chesterland. Her wit, knowledge of the Bible, and sweet spirit were always a blessing. Even in some of her difficult times with her health Joyce always left the room a better place than it was before. She loved to encourage others in the Lord and desired many people to come to the saving grace our The Lord Jesus Christ. She will be missed here on earth but another pleasure to see when we get to heaven.
My Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family at this time of Great Loss!
Dear Heston and family & Katie and family,
I only knew your mother for a few years from Chester Christian Center Church. She was a beautiful lady inside and out. No doubt she loved the Lord Jesus and the Word of God. She attended many Bible Studies at the Church. What a wonderful zeal for life she had and so quick to smile. I am so sorry for your loss yet I rejoice with your mom — she is dancing with her Lord in Heaven and I will see her again some day!
Pastor Yvette Semon
We are all very sorry for your loss. Joyce will be missed very much at Chester Christian Center
Joyce was a very sweet lady I enjoyed talking to her and visiting. May she rest in peace. She is with the Lord.
She will be greeted by many in Heaven who have missed her.
Linda Hess Johnson
Heston, Katie and Kip,
Steve and I are so sorry for the loss of your precious Mom on this earth. May our thoughts and prayers bring some comfort to you. My cousin Joyce was a blessing to me. I will miss her, too. Know that you are, and will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love,
Joyce was a former member of Cleveland Doll Club, an enthusiastic collector of fashion dolls and other dolls, a maker and seller of dolls, a great dresser. She was smart, was so much fun and had a terrific laugh.
Kip & Katie….
We are extremely sorry for your loss. Thinking of you…
Marc, Deb and Bob