Joy M. Kraft (nee Rasmussen), resident of Glenwood City, Wisconsin, died on October 6, 2016 at the age of 75 after a brief struggle with cancer.
Joy is survived by her children Judie Foster Babcock (David) and Andrew G. Foster and step-sons Travis D. Kraft (Julie), “Jake” Wayde J. Kraft (Kristine), “Jud” Justin R. Kraft (Karen), Timothy Fjeldseth (Lisa) and 11 Kraft grandchildren – Lauren, Ethan, Kaleb, Elizabeth, Thea, Adam Trevor, Theron, Matt, Zakk and Katie. Joy is preceded in death by her husband – David R. Kraft; parents – “Bud” Glenn Rasmussen and Marion L. Rasmussen (nee Lyke); brother – Darrel G. Rasmussen (Barbara) and first husband – Bruce E. Foster.
Joy was born on January 18, 1941 in Rochester, MN. She graduated from John Marshal High School (Rochester), earned her B.S. at Dickinson State University in North Dakota and M.S. from Michigan State University. She worked as a medical technologist and laboratory supervisor for 35 years in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Idaho. In May 1991 Joy married Dave Kraft originally from Timberlake, South Dakota. They lived in the Janesville area before retiring to Glenwood City, Wisconsin.
Joy enjoyed many life-long hobbies that kept her busy in retirement including sewing, knitting, gardening, cooking. Joy loved spending time with friends and family. She was also a fan and shareholder in the Green Bay Packers.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday October 15, 2016 at her home, 915 First Street, Glenwood City, Wisconsin. All are welcome to attend as we celebrate Joy’s life. Please wear Packers’-theme clothing and bring a dessert to share. No other memorial will be held. Condolences can be sent to her home or shared on-line at https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/joysfamilyandfreinds.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or the Mayo Clinic – Dept. of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905. The family would also like to thank everyone who provided encouragement through prayer, visits, cards and well-wishes while Joy was in the hospital. She was truly blessed by the love of her family and friends.