Joyce H. Johnson, age 91, of Elgin, passed away at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin on February 5, 2017. She was born in Union, IL on July 24, 1925 to her loving parents, William and Bertha Miller.

Joyce was born and raised on a farm in Union, IL, where she graduated from Marengo High School. She moved to Elgin for secretarial school and there she met the love of her life, Jergen Johnson. The two married in June 1950 and shared 39 wonderful years together before his passing in 1990.

Joyce worked at JCPenney in Elgin for more than 25 years. She was very active at her church, St. John’s Lutheran in Elgin.

Joyce’s greatest joy in life was spending time with family, especially her great-grandchildren. Joyce was famous for her homemade apple pies. She was an avid golfer, who continued to play up until age 91. In her free time, she enjoyed playing card games with friends, going to a good Friday fish fry, and doing word-search puzzles. She was also a big Cub’s fan, and enjoyed watching their historic 2016 World Series win.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Jergen Johnson.

Joyce is survived by her children, Craig (Karin) Johnson and Philip (Laura) Johnson; grandchildren, Steve (Dina) Johnson, Dan Johnson, Jennifer (Eric) Brooks, Sarah Johnson, Alex Johnson, and Matthew Johnson; great-grandchildren, Payton Robertson and Callie Johnson; and her brother, David (Jackie) Miller.

Visitation will be 4:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St, Elgin, IL 60120. Visitation will continue Friday, February 10, 2017 10:00a.m. til time of service at 11:00a.m., Rev. Frederich Hannibal officiating. Interment to follow at River Valley Memorial Gardens, 14 N 689 Route 31, West Dundee, IL 60118.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 109 N. Spring St, Elgin or the Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit

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