Joycelyn “Joy” J. Abraham

February 24, 2023

Joycelyn Jean Abraham, age 90, of Lake Crystal, died Sunday, February 5, 2023. A funeral service celebrating Joy’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church, Lake Crystal. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday at Lake Crystal Mortuary and one hour before service at the church on Thursday. Interment will be in Lake Crystal Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Zion Lutheran Church Mission Circle. Joy was born February 19, 1932, to Herbert and Elsie (Claussen) Lemke in Luverne, Minnesota. She grew up on the family farm north of Hardwick, Minnesota, and graduated from Luverne High School in 1950. Joy was united in marriage to Milton “Milt” H. Abraham on August 12, 1951, in Hardwick. Joy and Milt lived in California while Milt was in the Marine Corps. They returned to Luverne, where Joy worked at the school and the family cabinet making business. In 1973 they moved to Lake Crystal. Joy worked for the family business, Millrich Construction, and later for Sween Corporation, which became Coloplast, for 25 years before retiring. Joy was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the American Legion Auxiliary and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed cooking for her family, gardening, flowers, quilting at Zion Lutheran, and traveling to Mexico and Alaska with Milt. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. Joy is survived by her husband of 71 years, Milton “Milt”; two children: David (Anita Jo) Abraham of Amarillo, Texas, and Kathy (John) Borneke of Janesville; grandchildren: Michael (Lizzy) Borneke, Kaitie (Vance) Blomgren, Kimberly Abraham, Lauri (Kyle) Kegans, Rahnee Ladd, Wes (Ramona) Ladd and Stephanie Ladd; great-grandchildren: Luella Joy Blomgren, Alex- ander, Henley and Brylie Kegans, Blake Finger and Brilee Henderson; sister, Imogene Krogmann of Luverne; brother-in-law, Richard Abraham of Lake Crystal; nieces and nephew, Penny (Mike Godes) Krogmann, Tammy Krogmann, Pam Abraham and Greg (Janette) Abraham; and extended family. Joy was preceded in death by her parents; son, Timothy J. on December 24, 1962; brother, Keith Lemke; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John Krogmann, Gerald and Gayle Abraham, and Betty Abraham