DOLORES C. "DEL" JOHNSONDolores C. “Del” Johnson went home to glory to be with her Lord on Oct. 22, 2012 at Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Dolores C. “Del” Johnson went home to glory to be with her Lord on Oct. 22, 2012 at Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Dolores, better known as Del, was born in Effie, Minn., on Feb. 10, 1931 to Carl and Myrtle Peterson.
Del’s early years were spent in Effie where her family at one point owned the local restaurant. After graduating from Big Fork High School, Del pursued her nursing degree in Rochester, Minn., and also attended the University of Minnesota. She worked in Public Health for some years and while employed in Minneapolis she met and later married Richard Johnson.
Soon after marriage, they settled at their home on Fish Lake. After many years longing for children, Dick and Del adopted two sons and later joyfully welcomed their biological son Vincent into their family. As their children grew, the family enjoyed frequent fishing and camping trips on Fish Lake and were often joined by their dear friends Allen and Marilyn Moore and their girls. One of Del’s greatest losses was the death of their adopted son, Rodney, a grief that lingered for years. Del remained at her home on fish Lake until the last couple of years when her illness required long term care.
Dolores had many friends from her church community, mainly Hermantown Community Church and Fredenberg chapel. She was known for her gift of hospitality serving many delicious home cooked meals to friends and family along with hosting many Bible studies and prayer meetings. Del had a love of the Word of God and was know for extensive memorization of chapters and passages of scripture. She was a true prayer warrior.
Del was preceded in death by her parents and son, Rodney.
She is survived by her loving husband Richard; son Vincent (Duluth) and Michael (Montana); her sister Naidine York of Hamilton, Mont.; grandson Travis (Duluth), four grandchildren in Texas and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff at both Edgewood Vista and Chris Jensen Health and Rehabilitation for their wonderful love and care. Also, the Essentia Hospice staff was exceptional in their care during her last days.
VISITATION: 1 p.m. Friday Oct. 26, 2012 until the 2 p.m. Memorial Service in Sunrise Funeral Home. Burial will be at Nobel Hill Cemetery, Fredenberg Township. Arrangements by Sunrise Funeral Home.
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