Ruth Helen Johnson died on April 26, 2009 at her home in Mora. She was 83 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 1st at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. VISITATION will be from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 30 at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora, plus 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Ruth Helen Johnson was born November 3, 1925 in Belle Plaine, Minnesota to Theodore and Joella (Nelson) Johnson. She was baptized at West Union Lutheran Church. She attended grade school in Belle Plaine. During the depression her family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where they joined St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She was confirmed at St. Paul’s and was active in their Luther League during her high school years. She graduated from St. Paul Central High School.
She met her husband-to-be at St. Paul’s Lutheran and Bob and Ruth were married there on January 12, 1946. After Bob was discharged from the Navy they lived in St. Paul until they moved to Mora where Bob went into business with his father, Andrew V. Johnson, a home builder. After moving to Mora they became members of Grace Lutheran Church. During their working years Ruth helped Bob in the home building business doing all the bookwork that goes with a business. In the 1960’s she was employed as church secretary at Grace Lutheran working for several different pastors during those years.
She was involved in many different activities at church – Ladies Aid (later LCW and now WELCA). She was a Sowing Grace Quilter, a member of the Archive’s Committee, the Stephen Ministry program, and a Sunday School Shepherd. She loved to read and especially enjoyed the Living Grace Library at church. She was a member of the Tuesday Morning Bible Study group which has been meeting on Tuesday mornings for over 30 years. Those ladies were very special to her.
She and Bob enjoyed many years camping, first in their pickup camper (home made by Bob), and then in their fifth wheel camping trailer, spending several winters in Arizona in their fifth wheel. They also enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their cabin which they bought and remodeled on Mille Lacs Lake. She and Bob enjoyed the hunting trips they made to Wyoming with their friends. Ruth loved to quilt. She made beautiful quilts for both of her older grandson’s as wedding gifts. She had given each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren a handmade quilt that she had made especially for them.
Her family was most important to her. She was proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was involved in their school activities. She attended their band and choir concerts and didn’t miss a hockey game! Most recently she was enjoying those activities watching her great-grandchildren. Ruth kept in touch with her grandchildren, Nickolas in Washington State and Cassie, a missionary in Japan. She celebrated Christmas 2008 in Gig Harbor, Washington where Cassie was home from Japan for the holidays. To Nick and Cassie she was affectionately known as “Ruth Grandma.” She looked forward to the times she got to spend with her brothers and their families. She was happy when her brother Gordy and his wife moved to the north side of the Twin Cities so she was able to see them more often. She was thrilled to have been able to travel to the east coast and to take a trip to Sweden with her brother Ervin and his wife.
After her husband passed away she worked at Coborn’s Grocery in Mora as a food demonstrator. She liked meeting and visiting with customers who shopped there. These last two years she has been a “volunteer grandma” at Fairview Elementary in the 1st and 2nd grades. She truly enjoyed working with those young children.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bob.
She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Curt) Radeke of Mora, and Sandi (Lee) Frankie of Gig Harbor, Washington; grandchildren Chris (Krista) Radeke of Mora, Brandon (Kara) Radeke of Blaine, Nick Frankie of Gig Harbor, Cassie Frankie of Tokyo Japan; great-grandchildren Blake, Erin and Teagan; brothers Ervin (LaVonne) Johnson of Richland, Washington, Gordon (Bev) Johnson of Isanti; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services held on Friday, May 1st at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora. Rev. Douglas Larson and Rev. Brenda Wicklund officiated. Music provided by Betty Smith, Jacki Peterson and Dick Schultz. Pallbearers are Chris Radeke, Brandon Radeke, Lee Frankie, Rod Johnson, Lynda Venne and Lonnie Schroeder. Honorary pallbearers are Ruth’s Tuesday Morning Bible Study Group: Pat Nelson, Marlys Overson, Eleanor Funk, Marilyn Hovland, Beverly Brendalen, Ellen Gunderson, Dorothy Fredrickson, Jeanne Granlund, Eldora Pearson and Mildred Lewis. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.