March 14, 2023 at 10:49 p.m.

Joyce Ann Lahr

Joyce Ann Lahr
Joyce Ann Lahr


Joyce Ann Lahr, 81, of Cold Spring, passed away, from complications due to ALS, Feb. 2, 2023, with her family at her side. 

Joyce is survived by her four grown children, Audrey Lahr Lenz (Randy, daughter Kayla and grandson Amar’e), Constance Lahr Koopman (Thomas), Jonathan Lahr and Lynette Lahr, along with Joyce’s three grandchildren, Dalton Lahr, DayLynn Lahr and Dash Rose, as well as Joyce’s only surviving sibling Gloria Timmer Beuning of Waite Park.. 

Joyce was born to John and Marie (Dirkes) Timmer Oct. 21, 1941, in Albany; one of seven children. She grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, where she graduated with honors from the Orange Consolidate High School, attended Upper Iowa University and returned to college at age 48, graduating from St. Cloud Business College in 1992. Joyce met her husband, Clarence Peter Lahr, at a dance. For years after that, they polka danced several times a week. They married Sept. 8, 1964, and started their life together in Cold Spring.

Over the years, Joyce worked as a machinist at Electrolux, helped streamline processes at Columbia Gear and then opened her own business as a day care provider for 11 years. Over those years, she shared her creativity with over a dozen families. She was an avid gardener, a proficient woodworker, and she enjoyed sketching and painting on canvas. She was a member of St. Boniface Church from the time she and Clarence moved to Cold Spring. She was a dedicated church and senior center volunteer. She wrote short stories and published her first children’s book – For the Love of Max – based on her beloved beagle, Max. 

Joyce ended life just as she lived it – on her terms. She chose to donate her body to the University of Minnesota for study as part of the effort to help others not go through what she did with such a debilitating disease. 

She will be greatly missed by all her loving family and friends. 

Joyce’s family will be hosting a Celebration of Life open house from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, May 20, at their home, 1007 First St. S., in Cold Spring.  




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