Joyce A. (Ditlevson) Haflinger, formerly of BP
Joyce Haflinger entered into rest Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 in her home at Sunridge Retirement Community, Colorado Springs, Colo.
She was the daughter of Edward and Frances Ditlevson, born on Aug. 11, 1926 in Blooming Prairie. Joyce was the oldest of six children, four sisters and a brother. She graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1945. Her family attended First Baptist, and at age 10 Joyce became a Christian, receiving Jesus Christ as Lord of her life. The foundation of her life and her daily strength were the principles found in God’s word, the Bible.
After high school, she worked at the JW Thomas clothing store in Minneapolis, and then as a secretary at Hormel in Austin. Joyce felt called to work at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill. She moved there with her sister, Nola, in 1949, and began working in the service department. Later she became the office manager of the music department. Joyce met Carl Haflinger while working at Moody. They were engaged on Joyce’s birthday, Aug. 11, 1950. One year later, to the day, they married in 1951.
Carl and Joyce could not have children of their own, so they chose adoption. They were blessed to adopt Elizabeth in November 1960, and Jonathan in September 1964.
She was known for her love of children, serving in church with Sunday school, singing in choir, and serving special and delicious meals to her family. Joyce was a great listener. She taught herself accounting and applied this in keeping books for several companies.
Joyce and Carl lived in Chicago 50+ years and had the great joy of retiring to Blooming Prairie for eight years, once again seeing dear relatives and friends. They attended First Baptist Church from 2008-2016.
Joyce is survived by her forever and always husband, Carl, of 67 years; her one remaining sister, Nola, from Ely, Minn.; her daughter - Beth (Tim) Gunsolley; son - Jon (Debby) Haflinger; grandchildren - Randi, Lauren and Taylor Floyd, Trenton Gunsolley and Ian Haflinger; two great grandchildren – Tristan and Rissa and baby Floyd is on the way!
She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Lynwood, and three of her sisters: Delnora, Marian and Connie.
A memorial service was held in Colorado Springs and internment will be in the future, at the Danish Baptist Cemetery in Blooming Prairie.