Joyce Mae Steer

DAMASCUS – Joyce Mae Steer, 78, of Damascus, passed away on July 23, 2013, at Salem Community Hospital.

Joyce was born on May 23, 1935, in Alliance, the daughter of the late Jesse F. and Viola M. (Harmon) Davis.

A lifelong area resident, she was a member of Damascus Friends Church, Damascus Garden Club, Canton Garden Center, Garden Club of Ohio, where she served as Canton district director, and was a nationally accredited and master flower show judge.

Joyce was very involved in the family business, Damascus Nursery & Floral for over 40 years; she loved gardening, flower arranging and opening her home to friends and family. She was an avid birdwatcher, accomplished seamstress and historian.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Kenneth Steer of Damascus, whom she married on July 6, 1955; a son, John Steer, two daughters, Judy (Craig) Wheeler, Beth (Jim) Grimm, all of Damascus; seven grandchildren, Sarah (Grimm) Miller, Jessica (Wheeler) Wallace, Rachel (Grimm) Jones, Nathan Steer, Julie (Wheeler) Frankhouser, Nicholas Steer, Chelsea Steer; and four great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Jim.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at Gednetz-Ruzek Funeral Home in Sebring, officiated by Pastor John Ryser.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today and the hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Damascus Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joyce’s honor to Damascus Friends Church, P.O. Box 205, Damascus, Ohio 44619.

Friends may send condolences and sign the guest register online at

Arrangements are by Gednetz-Ruzek Funeral Home of Sebring, Ohio; 330-938-2526.


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