WINNIFRED R. JOHNSON

W. Johnson webphotoWinnifred Ruby Johnson, of Braham, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at GracePointe Crossing -West Gables in Cambridge, MN.  She was 94 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Braham Ev. Covenant Church with Rev. Steven Jennisch officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

INURNMENT will be held in the spring at the Mission Covenant Cemetery in Braham.

Memorials may be given in Winnifred’s honor to: The Lewis Lake Covenant Church, Karmel Covenant Church, Village Missions (Doug & Sally Johnson), Operation Moblization (The McAfee’s), Prison Fellowship, Salvation Army, or Samaritians Purse (OCC).

Winnifred Ruby Johnson, age 94, of Braham, Minnesota, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

Winnie was born on April 14, 1920 in Braham, MN to Charles and Alice (Swenson) Groth.  She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Braham High School.  She worked in Minneapolis for a few years before marrying H. Curtis Johnson on May 5, 1945 at the Braham Covenant Church.  The couple enjoyed 54 years together, living in the Braham area.

Winnie was always involved in the life of the Covenant church serving in various capacities.  She will be most remembered for her hospitality and willingness to serve.  She enjoyed puzzles, gardening, picking berries, and walks in the woods to pick wild flowers.  She loved playing games like Scrabble and Triominoes and was overheard telling her great granddaughters, “Remember- I play to win”.   Her special gift to her grandchildren was making Swedish pancakes.  It was always their request when they would come to visit.  To the great-grandchildren, she was the pancake lady.  Winnie worked tirelessly at a family genealogy and history; recording everything including pictures and interesting stories.  Her prayers for each of us will be greatly missed.

Winnie was preceded in death by her parents, husband Curtis, son Bruce, brother Charles Groth, and sisters Virginia Groth and Violet Vaca.

She is survived by her daughters, Iverne (Dennis) Sutton and Merideth (Bill) Coleman; son, David (Debra) Johnson; grandchildren, Lynnette (Doug) Diller, Craig (Sara) Jenkins-Sutton, Megan (Mason) Dorsey, Lindsay (AJ) Norman, Emily (Jordan) Anderson, Joshua (Hanna) Coleman, and John Coleman; great grandchildren, Claire, Abigail, and Sylvia Diller; Bailey, Mia, and Carter Dorsey; Andrew, Maximus, and Brock Norman; Bae Coleman; and Elliana Anderson; brother Warren (Lorraine) Groth, sisters-in-law: Nancy Groth and Ruby Johnson; and many other relatives and friends.

A special thank you to those who have surrounded her these past few years; extended family, the church, individuals in the community, and her friends and staff at Elmhurst Commons.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sat. Jan. 31, 2015 at the Braham Ev. Covenant Church with Rev. Steve Jennisch officiating.  A memorial visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham. 

5 guestbook entries for WINNIFRED R. JOHNSON

  1. Scott & Julie Glidden January 26, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    To Winnie ‘ s family. .Deepest sympathy to you all. Always enjoyed visiting with her, such a lovely happy lady. The Glidden’s

  2. Paul Wrege January 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm #

    Condolences to the family. Your mother was a very thoughtful and kind lady. She always brought special Christmas treats to the teaching staff, such as soft caramels. She was very soft-spoken, but was an exceptional parent and community leader. Keeping you in heart and mind at this time.

  3. Lois and Tom Hesselroth January 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm #

    What a wonderful woman – always a smile and friendly greeting. Winnie had a way of making you feel good!

    I loved to listen to Mom (Eleanor) and Winnie tell stories about all the fun they had as little children and young adults. They didn’t talk about the hard times, only good times. Simple pleasures. Appreciating family, friends, good food and faith. What a blessing to have known Winnie. We will miss her dearly. Our sympathy to the family.

  4. Sandy White January 28, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    Winnie was always fast moving with her neat walker. She use to come to excerise class faithfully, Monday, Wed & Firday’s. She encouraged all to come. She loved the trivia also, She was a smart Lady. She loved to tell us stories of her spinning wheel. Very neat. I will miss her. God bless Your family. You shared so much with so many.

  5. Carol Fiedler Brandt January 31, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    The Johnson’s have been longtime friends. David and I went through Sunday School and confirmation together along with high school. I have many fond memories of Winnie – always kind and so sweet. She will be greatly missed. My heartfelt condolences to family and friends.

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