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Jean B. Johnson

Jean B. Johnson

The Mass of Christian Burial for Jean Berniece Johnson of Wadena, and formerly of Ottertail, was celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena with Fr. Aaron Kuhn as celebrant. Jean passed away peacefully at the age of 87 years on Sunday, June 1, 2014, surrounded by the loving arms of the Comfort Care Cottage staff and her puppy, Trinket.

Jean was born on April 30, 1927, in New York Mills, MN. Walfred and Lila (Flom) Kanberg raised Jean on a farm south of the "Four Corners" junction of MN Highways 210 and 29.

Jeans education started in a tiny country school close to home and continued at Henning High School where she was a trumpet player in the band. She talked of the many hours of practicing penmanship. Her handwriting was incredibly beautiful. After Jean graduated in 1945, one year of business school brought her into the field of banking until she was 75 years old. She worked as a teller in the First National Banks in Wadena and Ottertail.

Jean married Lloyd Johnson on June 19, 1950, at St. Anns Catholic Church in Wadena. They raised their four children in Wadena before moving to Ottertail Lake in 1972, where they enjoyed fishing and family get-togethers. Jean loved to crochet, knit, garden, read and travel. She was talented at playing piano and organ, and loved listening to music. Throughout her entire life she always loved her "little doggies".

Jean was preceded in death by her husband Lloyd on March 17, 1994; parents Walfred and Lila; and granddaughter Jennie Johnson.

She is survived by her sons Jeffrey of Ottertail and Steven "Beaver" (Dianne) of Beaumont, CA; daughters Paula (Scott) Pettit of Wadena and Terra (Matthew) Hohman of Fergus Falls; along with her beloved 13 grandchildren & 9 great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers were her granddaughters Danika Batcher, Joetta Markow, Jessica Johnson, Emily Weiher, Kristin Hohman, Katie Jean Hohman and Kelley Hohman, along with great-grandchildren Kloe, Jacksen, Summer, Jaeger, Owen, Annika, Bentley, Lila and Roman.

Serving as pallbearers were Jamie Pettit, Cory Pettit, Zakary Johnson, Turner Johnson, Gunner Johnson and Maggie Jacobson.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Wadena.

Arrangements were with the Johnson-Schuller Chapel in Wadena. (