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Clara Vivian Johnson

Clara Vivian Johnson, age 99, of Dassel, died Friday, Feb. 29, 2008, at Lakeside Health Care Center in Dassel.

She was born Oct. 12, 1908, to Mollie (Nelson) and Edward Johnson in Kingston Township. Clara was baptized Feb. 22, 1909, in Kingston Township, and confirmed May 25, 1924, at the Swedish Mission Church, French Lake.

Clara went to grade school at Kingston District 1, and graduated from Dassel High School in 1927. She took normal teachers training in Litchfield, and graduated in 1928. Clara taught in Kingston and surrounding county schools.

She was married to Ivan Johnson Nov. 26, 1931, in Meeker County. They lived in the rural Maynard Lake area until moving to Kingston. After retirement, they moved to Dassel.

Clara was an avid reader and also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, crossword puzzles, bingo, ice fishing, playing cards, dining out, and going to Senior Dining, Senior Citizens, and worship services. She liked to watch the “Wheel of Fortune” television show, and her 1 p.m. story.

Clara is survived by her children: Betty Bobrowske of Dassel, Bonnie (Jerome) Betker of Darwin, and Margie Piepenburg of Dassel; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Alice Boreen of Oak Harbor, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan; her parents; her sisters, Florence and Inez; brothers, Emil and Albert; and a granddaughter, LaRae.

The funeral service was Tuesday, March 4 at 2 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel with the Rev. Keith Carlson officiating. Congreagational hymns were “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In The Garden.” Soloist Sheldon Hedin sang “How Great Thou Art,” and “The King is Coming.” Organist was Harvey Peterson. Interment was at the Dassel Cemetery.

A visitation took place Tuesday afternoon, one hour prior to the service at the church.

Casketbearers were Clara’s grandchildren: Lois Koehnen, Leslie Fitzgerald, Lee Bobrowske, Lisa Hendrickson, Lana Kopecky, Kris Piepenburg, Jody Fenelon, and Kelly Hedlund.

The Johnson Funeral Home of Dassel handled the arrangements.