MARGARET ELIZABETH "MARGE" (BEMEL) (CARLSON) JOHNSONMarge Johnson died peacefully in her home at Walker Methodist Sr. Apartments in Anoka, Minn. on Monday, July 23, 2012.
Marge Johnson died peacefully in her home at Walker Methodist Sr. Apartments in Anoka, Minn. on Monday, July 23, 2012.
She moved to Anoka in Nov., 2009 to be closer to her family, leaving her cherished historic home on Woodland Ave. in Duluth where she resided for 38 years.
Marge was born in Duluth on May 2, 1919, the daughter of Frank E. and Minnie Olson.
She attended Denfeld High School and later worked as a waitress, butter splicer, secretary and for 20 years at UMD in administration.
She met her first husband, George W. Bemel, Jr. while working as a secretary for a finance and loan company in Duluth. They had five children.
Marge was widowed in 1953 when George died unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrage on Father's Day that year. She courageously kept the family together and raised her children alone until later marrying Darrell Carlson. She later survived Darrell Carlson and her last husband Warren Johnson. She was a devoted wife and mother.
Marge was proud of her 20 years service at UMD in the placement office where she had many friends and became known for placing hundreds of students in part time jobs in and around Duluth.
She was a long time member of Endion United Methodist Church, later University, and now Hope United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Minnie Olson; her in-laws, George and Eva Bemel; her brothers Raymond, Robert and Burton; sisters Muriel and Delores; and husbands George Bemel, Jr., Darrell Carlson and Warren Johnson.
She is survived by her brother Ronald Olson; her children Robert Bemel, Susan Bemel, Carole Dahmen, Joan Iron Moccasin and George Bemel; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Marge is fondly remembered for summers at the Bemel cabins at Aerie Lake where she spent summers cooking on the woodstove and hosting celebrations of all kinds, for her strength and courage, for her love of music, singing gospel songs at church and at home, attending the Duluth Symphony and New Years celebrations at the DECC. Marge loved to dance and had great fun listening to jazz standards on Sat. afternoons at Club Saratoga.
She was devoted, courageous, classy, and fun!
VISITATION: 10 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. funeral service in Hope United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Oneota Cemetery. If so desired, memorials may be directed to United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Dougherty Funeral Home, Duluth, 727-3555
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