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Hilma Marie Johnson

Hilma Marie Johnson, age 85, of Kingston, died Tuesday evening, Aug. 12, 2008, at her home.

She was born Aug. 21, 1922, in Hewitt, Minn., the daughter of George and Esther (Laastch) Bristlin. Hilma grew up in the Hewitt area, where she attended school.

She was united in marriage to Dale Johnson June 22, 1968, in Minneapolis. They made their home in the Kingston area.

Hilma loved to take care of children. She especially enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Hilma also loved to embroider, and was an avid Barbie doll and teacup collector. She also enjoyed gardening and going to the Garden Club. She will deeply be missed by her family and her many friends.

She is survived by husband, Dale, of Kingston; children, Charles (Donna) Rowe of Browerville, Jane “Becky” (Duane) Monech of Wadena, James (Barb) Rowe of Browerville, John (Jackie) Rowe of Nebraska, Mary (Duane) Eddy of St. Cloud, William (Carol) Rowe of Reading, Daniel Rowe of Maplewood, Candy (Jeff) Gram of Coon Rapids, Steve (Heather) Virkus of Stacy, Bunny (Tom) McKee of Kansas City, Kans., Leonard (Helen) Virkus of Mankato, and Alan and Becky Johnston of Comfrey; 53 grandchildren; 100 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Hilma is further survived by brothers Gilbert (Ardith) Bristlin of Belle Plaine, George (Karen) Bristlin of Lino Lakes, Edwin Bristlin of Casselton, N.D., and Alfred (Cleo) Bristlin of Spokane, Wash.; sisters Verona (Bob) Hinman of Cheney, Wash., Lillian Rowe of Orange Park, Fla., and Elaine McCellan of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sons, Thomas Vikus, Patrick Rowe, and Jerry Rowe; several grandchildren; a brother, Robert Bristlin; and sisters Louise Harms and Dorothy Sarrison.

The funeral service was Friday, Aug. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church in Cokato with the Rev. Orval Wirkkala officiating at the service. Interment was at the Cokato Finnish Cemetery, rural Cokato.

Visitation took place from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Friday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.