CHERYL ANN JOHNSTONE

Cheryl Johnston of Stanchfield, formerly of North Branch, passed away on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at her home.  She was 53 years old.

A FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at  3:00 pm on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating.

VISITATION will be from 5-8pm on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church and 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday.

INTERMENT will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.

Cheryl Ann Johnstone, of Stanchfield, formerly of North Branch, passed away after a long seven year battle with lung cancer on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at her home.   She was 53 years old.

Cheryl was born May 14, 1958 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She was the owner and “Star of the Show” at the Outback Saloon in Stanchfield.  She was a very loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all.

Cheryl could have been known as a “Jill of all Trades”.  Everything she did in life, she did well; from speed skating, ping pong, where she was known as “The Wall”, fishing, and gardening.  She succeeded at every career she tried, from bus driving to real estate (she could sell a mobile home to a millionaire).  Her true passion was getting people to have a good time.  She was able to turn a bar into a place where everyone wanted to hang out.   Cheryl had a sign above her bar that was handed down from her grandfather that read: “You are a stranger here, but only once”.  She lived by that motto, treating each stranger as a new friend.   She touched so many lives with just a simple joke or a smile.  She will be truly missed by her loving companion of 20 years Martin, her loving family, and many friends.

Cheryl is preceded in death by her grandparents William and Minnie King, mother Lila Johnson, and brother Michael King.

She is survived by the love of her life, Martin Johnson of Stanchfield, son Jay (Joanne) Johnstone of Woodbury, daughters Kori (Brian) Polzin of Roberts, WI; and Brittney King of Rogers, AR; grandchildren Jacob, Trenton, and Briahna; father Joseph Johnson of North Branch, and brother Bill (Lisa) King of Hugo; several other relatives and many friends.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 from 5-8 pm at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service on Thursday.  Interment will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.  Casket bearers are Jay Johnstone, Jacob Rositzki, Don Saunders, Russ Vanbeek, David Anderson, and Brian Polzin.  Arrangements are by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.

8 guestbook entries for CHERYL ANN JOHNSTONE

  1. Lueckens August 1, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    Marty, We are so sorry for your loss, Cheryl the Outback will not be the same without you… May you rest in peace, with no more pain.

    Love the Luecken Family.

  2. Mike & Cathy Greeley August 1, 2011 at 8:50 am #

    We are sorry to hear of your loss, Cheryl is no longer in pain and will never leave your heart. Our prayers go out to you.

    Aunt Lucille Nelson and Family

  3. Kaye and Kevin (Suki) August 1, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    God saw you were getting tired,
    And a cure was not to be,
    So he put his arms around you
    And whispered, “Come to me.”

    With tearful eyes we watched you,
    And saw you pass away.
    Although we loved you dearly,
    We could not make you stay.

    A golden heart stopped beating,
    Hard working hands at rest.
    God broke our hearts to prove to us,
    He only takes the best.

    The Outback will never be the same without Cheryl, but the memories of her will last a life time to so many people. I feel very blessed to have called her my friend!!!
    Marty, if you need anything, you know you can call on us.

  4. Schusteds August 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Marty sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    Sam,Jodi,and kids

  5. Dave & Barb Anderson August 2, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    Oh Marty if words could help I’d say them. For a person that was so great in all she did there just is none. I know she’s looking down on you and all of us. She is no longer in pain. She will be in our hearts forever. Dave and Barb

  6. Dennis & Suzanne Stickles August 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    Marty, I am so sorry. I know we have said it before, but if we can do anything please call on us. Cheryl, put simply, “AMAZING WOMAN”

  7. roxanne schlickenmayer August 4, 2011 at 10:10 am #

    Cheryl will be greatlty missed by all at the outback especially with smart comes to differnet custmers. Marty Dennis &I will have you and the family in out thoughts and prayers

  8. Mike & Betsy August 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    Marty, it has been a very long time since we saw you and Cheryl but we remember well the good times in North Branch. So sorry to hear of Cheryls passing. God bless and peace be with you and your family.

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