Joyce M. Thornberry

May 11, 1948 - July 26, 2018
Born in Piqua, Ohio
Resided in Piqua, Ohio
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Joyce M. Thornberry, 70, of Piqua, passed away at 9:28 am Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County Inpatient Unit. She was born May 11, 1948 in Piqua to the late Paul and Marie (Rihm) Klopf. She married Keith A. Thornberry December 18, 1970 at St. Boniface Catholic Church; a union that would span nearly 48 years, and he survives.

Other survivors include a son, P.J. (Liz) Thornberry of Loveland; two daughters, Libby (Chad) Daniels of Fredericktown, Christin (Carlin) Lockhart of Suffolk, Virginia; seven grandchildren, Gabby, Abby, Kendall, Joey, Eli, Jackson, Lily; and one sister, Cathy (Jerry) Kearns of Cincinnati.

Mrs. Thornberry was a 1966 graduate of Piqua Catholic High School and a 1970 graduate of St. Mary-of-the-Woods and went on to earn her Masters of Education from Wright State University in 1987. She was an active member at St. Boniface Catholic Church, and served as a Eucharistic minister as well as participating in their bell choir. Her distinguished vocation as an educator spanned over 35 years at Piqua Catholic School where she touched the lives of countless students with her passion for science and math. She taught at the Buckeye Women in Science, Engineering and Research Institute during the summers. She served on the Piqua Catholic school board and was a volunteer for Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County. She enjoyed traveling, reading, attending musicals, and spending as much time as she could with her grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am Monday, July 30, 2018 at St. Boniface Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Daniel P. Hunt as the Celebrant. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 1:00-4:00 pm Sunday at the Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Fr. Thomas J. Grilliot Scholarship Fund for Piqua Catholic School 310 S. Downing St. Piqua, OH 45356 or Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, P.O. Box 502 Troy, OH 45373. Guestbook condolences and expressions of sympathy may be expressed through





Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home
333 W. High Street
Piqua, OH US 45356
Sunday, July 29, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
Saint Boniface Catholic Church
310 South Downing Street
Piqua, OH US 45356
Monday, July 30, 2018
10:30 AM


Hospice of Miami County, Inc.
P.O. Box 502
Troy, OH 45373
Fr. Thomas J. Grilliot Scholarship Fund
310 S. Downing Street
Piqua, OH 45356
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