Joyce Elaine Barger (nee Mateer), 53, of Lorain, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2007, at New Life Hospice Residential Center in Lorain following a five year illness. She was born February 23, 1954 in Omaha, NE where she was raised and lived. She had made her home in Lorain since 1972. Joyce was employed as an activities director at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Avon and The Villa Camillus in Columbia Station for 15 years, where she loved working with the elderly patients who suffer with Alzheimers. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Lorain. Joyce loved gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Jerry Barger; her son, Randy Barger of Lorain; her daughter, Lela Frank of Twinsburg; four grandchildren; her brothers, Byron Mateer, of Lavista, NE, Richard Mateer of Willard, MO; and her sister, Janella Pariseau of Omaha, NE.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Doris Mateer (nee Haney).
Friends may call Friday, May 4, 2007 from 2 to 4 P.M. and 7 to 9 P.M. at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 5, 2007 at 11 A.M. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 16633 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 600, Addison, TX 75001. Arrangements are being handled by the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst.