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Barbara Ann Sharlene Johnson

Barbara Ann Sharlene Compton Johnson, age 69, of Annandale, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2007 at her home on Clearwater Lake after a short but courageous battle with stomach cancer.

She was born July 14, 1938 on a kitchen table in Cokato, to Verlund “Buck” and Mabel Nelson Compton. Raised in North Minneapolis, she built friendships that are still treasured today.

Married to Van Johnson in 1959, they raised two children, Harold (Cherie) and Heidi (Tom) Brandt, in Bloomington and at the lake. She later divorced, but was on the friendliest of terms with her “ex.”

Barb made her career largely in the secretarial field.

A devoted hockey and dance grandma and snowmobile racing fan, Barb will be missed beyond words by her six grandchildren: Mackenzie (13), Lexi (11), Reygan (9), Ian (6), Carson (4), and Colin (3). She treasured her extended family of numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Barb was lovingly cared for in her final weeks by her children, Harold of Red Wing, and Heidi of Savage, and younger sisters, Karen (Compton) and Judy (Grega).

Funeral services took place Friday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, French Lake. Interment followed at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Visitation was Thursday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and continued Friday, one hour prior to the services at the church.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; her mom and dad; her Uncle Del; brother-in-law Tom; and father-in-law Harold.

Arrangements were by the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel in Annandale.

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