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Edna Joyce (Kinsey) Lannum

May 18, 1928 ~ December 5, 2021 (age 93)


Edna Joyce Lannum, age 93, of Northwood Village in Dover, formerly of Ravenna and Freeport, died unexpectedly Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 11:15 a.m. in Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital, Dover, Ohio.

She was born May 18, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a daughter of the late Frederick Wayne   Kinsey and Frances Burson Perkins Kinsey.

Little Edna Joyce grew up in the little town of Holloway, Ohio and graduated from Holloway High School in 1946. After graduation she went on to the College of Wooster and received her Bachelors of Liberal Arts Degree in 1950. She then was hired by the Freeport School District which later became Lakeland School District which evolved into Harrison Hills City School District. She taught English, Speech, Drama, and Spanish for thirty years and directed a minimum of seventy plays throughout the years. She was the founder of Thespian Troupe #1690 which is still alive today thru Harrison Central High School.

She met the love of her life, Clarence Paul Lannum in the fall of 1950 at Freeport High School where they were both teaching. They were married August 27, 1952 in Wellsburg, West Virginia. Clarence died May 14, 2014.

Clarence and Joyce formed the Deersville Community Players. Joyce was the executive producer and directed numerous productions for over twenty-five years.

Surviving are a daughter, Frances Pauline “Fassie” Streely of Ravenna and her companion, Ray Ferrell; two granddaughters: Lisbeth (Matthew) Tipton of Deerfield and Ashley (Kate) Chandler, of Hudson; and five great-grandchildren: Chandler Paul, Ethan Harold, Jayden, Maddie, and Ellie.  

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her great-granddaughter, Paitynn Kennedy Tipton.

Viewing will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 12, 2021 in Koch Funeral Home, 216 S High Street, Freeport. She will be cremated following the viewing. Clarence and Joyce both will be buried in Oak Grove Cemetery at a later date.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 13, 2021 in the Deersville Community Theater, 208 Main Street, Deersville, Ohio 44693. Cheryl Besozzi will be handling the Celebration of Life Production with the assistance of Pastor Dave Koch, Pastor Jim McConnell, Greg Milleson, and Cheri Harding.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Freeport-Lakeland Alumni Association in Mrs. Lannum’s memory to Gary Piatt, 2404 Farber Street SE, Magnolia, Ohio 44643.

Koch Funeral Home, 216 S High Street, Freeport was entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be made on their website at www.kochfuneralhome.net

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December 12, 2021

12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Koch Funeral Home
216 South High Street
Freeport, OH 43973

Funeral Service
December 13, 2021

1:00 PM
Deersville Community Theater
208 Main Street
Deersville, OH 44693


Freeport-Lakeland Alumni Association
% Gary Piatt, 2404 Farber Street SE, Magnolia OH 44643

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