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Ellen A. Johnson

Ellen A. Johnson of Duluth will celebrate her 100th birthday with an open house from 1-3 p.m. Dec. 4 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Esko.

Ellen was born Dec. 3, 1916, at home in Duluth, to Thorwald and Theoline (Thorsen) Thorson from Norway. She grew up in West Duluth and attended Merritt Elementary, West Junior High and graduated from Denfeld High School in 1936.

Ellen was an only child and was best friends with Valeria (Carlson) Petersen. Ellen married John Johnson in 1942, and they had one son, Jack, who they devastatingly lost in 1985.

Ellen and John lived on Redwing Street in Woodland and attended Concordia Lutheran Church. She was an excellent typist and secretary in the UMD music department and the Duluth Rotary. They spent their retirement years as "snowbirds" in Arizona. John passed away at age 87. They had been married for 66 years.

Ellen and John loved to travel. Ellen has visited all but four of the 50 states throughout her life; however, she never once considered moving away from Minnesota. She loved to make lefse and bake Norwegian Christmas cookies like krumkake, sandbakkels and rosettes.

Ellen loves to visit with her family, especially her daughter-in-law, Judy (Chris) Nelson, of Esko, her two granddaughters and her four great-grandchildren. She also loves cats and dogs and likes when her grandchildren's dogs come to visit so she can sneak them treats under the table.