Ruth Bertha Johnson, age 89, of Mora, formerly of Ogilvie, died on Monday, January 29. Memorial service will be held on Friday, Feb. 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Mora. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 1 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, and one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
Ruth Bertha Johnson was born in Montrose, Minnesota in 1917 to parents Fred and Helen (Knop) Passehl. Ruth moved with her parents and siblings to Ogilvie during the depression. She attended school at Lewis Lake and graduated from Ogilvie High School in 1936. Ruth married Delbert Johnson, the love of her life, in 1939. They raised 5 children on their farm northwest of Ogilvie. She is survived by 4 sons Kent (Mary Jo), LeRoy (Beverly), Eldon (Darlene), Ger (Mary); and one daughter DeLaine (Ron) Rebeck.
Blessed with 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; Ruth is also survived by her sisters Viola (Stacy) Barker, and Dorothy (Ed) Sharpe; plus many nieces, nephews and dear friends who will all miss her sweet and loving ways.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Delbert; parents; 2 sisters Laverne and Mabel; and 2 brothers Virgil and Freddie.
Ruth centered her life around her family, community and her church. she wrote a daily journal and loved ones were blessed with her beautiful handwritten notes, letters, etc. She wrote for the Kanabec County Times and also had a weekly column in the Ogilvie Sentinel. She loved to help, volunteering many hours at Kanabec County Historical Museum, Sunshine Villa Nursing Home, etc. She also loved to enter things at the Kanabec County Fair, frequently winning first prize.
For the last 26 years, her home was with friends at Pine Crest Manor in Mora and as one dear friend said – “To know Ruth is to love her. Whenever she passes away, she’ll go right to heaven.”
Rev. Greggory Coop officiated at the funeral service for Ruth. Karen Kirschner was the organist. Inurnment was at Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie.