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Joyce Fornoff

d. December 24, 2019

Joyce S. (Abbott) Fornoff, age 81, of Springfield, formerly of Athens, passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2019 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

She was born on August 20, 1938 in Richmond, Virginia.               

Joyce married Walter Fornoff on March 29, 1964.

She is survived by her husband, Walter, Sr.; sons, Charles (ex-wife Melissa) Fornoff and Joseph Fornoff; grandchildren, Kayla (husband Jordan) Lauer, Rachael, Madilyn, and Logan; three great-grandchildren, Keaton, Clara, and Rhett; and several nieces and nephews.

Joyce is preceded in death by her mother, Vesteen Ward; one sister, JoAnn Beam; and a son, Walter Eugene Fornoff, Jr.

She was a homemaker all of her life.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Springfield.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2020 from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM also at the funeral home with Rev. Nicole Cox officiating.  Joyce will be laid to rest at Indian Point Cemetery near Athens.

Memorials can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


  1. RIP Aunt Joyce. You are so missed. I’ll always remember all the many summers we were blessed to spend together. You are so very much loved.

  2. We were so sorry to learn of Joyce passing. She is not suffering and as hard as it is to let them go, we know she is in a better place. Love and prayers going your way for peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  3. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Joyce will truly be missed by so many that knew her.
    Joyce was a wonderful person that truly cared for others. I truly have been honored and Blessed to have known Joyce.
    May Joyce R. I. P.
    She is with her LORD and SAVIOUR now.
    GOD BLESS YOU , Joyce and GOD be with your family .

  4. We were so sad to hear of Joyce’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Walter and the family…

  5. Charlie,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May you find the strength from those around you to get through this difficult time. Our condolences to you, your father, Joe and the rest of your family.
    Love and prayers your way.

  6. So sorry for your loss. She will be missed by many.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of Joyce’s passing. She was a wonderful lady and will truly be missed. Thoughts and prayers to ur family at this time.

  8. I am sad to know Joyce has passed. She was a helpful church friend.

  9. Our sympathy to Walter and Joyce’s family. Joyce was the first person I met after moving to Athens in 1977. I was in the yard one day when Joyce and the boys came by on their way to the old ball diamond for a game. Joyce was a friendly and nice person and would stop and visit if I was home when they came by.

  10. Hey I didnt know you I but I wish I got the chance I am Jo Ann Beams granddaughter I wish I could have gotten to know u Joyce I haven’t know about u that long

  11. Joe, we were so very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. Just wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Sorry to hear about joyce passing .she will sadly be miss .thought and prayers to your family at this time

  13. Our sympathy to Walter, Charles, Joe and Joyce’s family. We were neighbors in Athens and enjoyed visiting with Walter and Joyce. They were missed when moving to Springfield and will be remembered by many. Joyce cared about people and was good to check how you were and give your day a ray of sunshine. She loved my children especially Kurt. May your golden memories bring you comfort. The Plopper-Messersmith Family.

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