Joyce Evelyn Tester, 77, Wabash, died at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. She was born Feb. 27, 1942 in Dayton, Ohio to Charles, Sr. and Mildred (Gariety) Bernholt.
Joyce was a 1960 graduate of Immaculate Conception High School in Celina, Ohio. She attended Mt. St. Joseph University in Cincinnati and graduated with her bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton. Joyce married Lloyd “Lee” Tester in Celina, Ohio on Nov. 14, 1964. She worked 21 years at Miller’s Merry Manor, retiring as the office manager. Mrs. Tester was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church where she was part of the Ladies Guild and a previous member of the Parish Council. She enjoyed reading, shopping, flowers, playing BINGO with her grandkids, and collecting cookbooks, Longaberger baskets, and tea sets.
She is survived by her husband, Lloyd “Lee” Tester of Wabash, four sons, Douglas J. (Kristi) Tester of Huntertown, Daniel L. (Amy) Tester of Peru, David A. (Helen) Tester of Laketon, and Darrin Tester of Zionsville, seven grandchildren, Katlynn R. Tester of Fort Wayne, Kyle R. Tester of Peru, Bryce and Derek Tester, both of Huntertown, Adriene (Brandon) Warren of Liberty Mills, and Andrea Kahn and Peyton Tester, both of Laketon, two great-grandchildren, Bentley and Brooklyn Warren, both of Liberty Mills, two sisters, Mary Lou Legido of Miami Springs, Fla. and Margie A. (Dennis) Keeling of Celina, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Charles C. Bernholt, Jr..
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 188 W. Sinclair, Wabash, with Father Levi Nkwocha officiating. Entombment will be in the Chapel of Remembrance Mausoleum at Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call 2-7 p.m., Friday, with a Rosary service at 7 p.m., all at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash.
Preferred memorials are the Life Center of Wabash or St. Bernard Catholic Church and School.