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Dorothy Eleanor Johnson

Dorothy Eleanor (Rudquist) Johnson died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006.

She was born Oct. 3, 1920 at Cokato Township to Hjalmer and Helen (Peterson) Rudquist. Dorothy was baptized and confirmed at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato.

Dorothy was raised on her parent’s farm in Knapp with one brother and five sisters.

She was married to Kermit Johnson July 9, 1944 at North Crow River Lutheran Church, rural Cokato.

She lived in the Cokato area all her life, other than spending a few years in California with Kermit while he served in the US Air Force.

Dorothy worked primarily as a homemaker, and enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, and reading. She would always make coffee and have home-baked treats for those that dropped by to visit. If you were lucky, you would also have some warm rice pudding like only she could make it.

Dorothy lived at home with Kermit until March of 2000, when she was no longer able to provide home care for Kermit’s advancing Alzheimer’s Disease.

She then moved to Edgewood Gables, where she lived until April of this year, when her declining mobility and congestive heart failure required the support services of the Cokato Manor.

As she wrote in her Christmas greeting this year, “To everything there is a season, says the author of Ecclesiastes, and for me, it is now the season of coping with the toll of time. But it is also the Christmas season, and all of us can rejoice and be thankful that we know “God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, and that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Dorothy is survived by her son, Galen, and his wife, Anne; grandchildren Matthew Johnson, a student at St. Cloud State University and a corporal in the US Marine Corps, and Elizabeth Johnson, a student at Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Melvin; and a sister, Gladys Pettit.

Funeral service was Monday, Dec. 4 at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato with the Rev. Steve Thorson officiating. Music was by Karen Anderson and Sheldon Hedin. Interment was at North Crow River Lutheran Church cemetery.

The Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato handled the arrangements

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