Joyce E. Karsko
Joyce E. (Kasner) Karsko, 78, of Fernandina Beach, Fla. (formerly of Columbus, Ohio) passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016, in Hancock Regional Hospice. She was born October 24, 1937, in Bay City, Mich. to the late Samuel A. and Lucy M. (Beneteau) Kasner.
Joyce received her undergraduate degree at Western Michigan University and earned her Doctorate in Psychology from Ohio State University. She married John S. Karsko on September 10, 1960. Prior to her retirement in 1990, Joyce was a Professor of Psychology at Otterbein College for over 25 years and counselled patients in private practice.
An accomplished artist, Joyce’s work hung in the Gallery of the Island Art Association and the Plantation Artists’ Guild and Gallery, where she acted as president. Always serving others, she gave yoga lessons for over 30 years, volunteered with the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, the Pink Ribbon Ladies of Jacksonville and served on the J.F. Nicholson Foundation Board of Directors.
She is survived by daughter, Lizan (Greg) Karsko Brand of Greenfield; grandchildren, Taylor, Lauren, Nathan and Lucy Brand, all of Greenfield; nieces and nephews; Patty Chavarria, Pam Smith-Wojcik, David Smith, Danny McGinnis, Kathy Reifies, Craig McGinnis, Sean McGinnis and Chris Medors.
Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, John Stephen Karsko; son, J. Stephen Karsko; brother, Robert Kasner and sister, Dorthea Smith.
A funeral mass will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, October 1, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 519 Jefferson, Blvd., Greenfield, IN 46140 with Father Aaron Jenkins officiating. A reception for family and friends will be held immediately after the ceremony.
In Lieu of flowers, Joyce would encourage those who can, to donate blood. Those interested in making a monetary donation may do so to the Indiana Blood Center, Attn: Lucy Smith, 3450 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208. Please make a note that the donation is in honor of Joyce Karsko. The donations will go toward a college scholarship fund benefitting a high school student who has been active in participating in blood drives.
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