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Jeanette M. Johnson, 89

Jeanette Marie Johnson, age 89, of Cokato, died Thursday, March 21, 2013.

She was born March 9, 1924, in Cokato Township, to Edwin and Victoria (Peterson) Johnson. Jeanette was baptized at home, and confirmed at North Crow River Lutheran Church in Knapp, MN.

She began her formal education at Knapp and Birch Lake country schools. In 1941, she graduated from Cokato High School, and in 1946, Jeanette graduated from registered nurse’s training at Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis.

Nursing became her lifetime career, working at Cokato Hospital, Augsburg College, Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar, Dassel Lakeside Home, Ebenezer Home in Buffalo, and at home, caring for her mother, Victoria, afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

Succeeding her parents in custodial work, Jeanette continued working in her church for over 20 years.

In May of 2005, Jeanette suffered a debilitating stroke; yet her sense of humor and her caring, giving spirit still persevered.

She leaves a legacy of active volunteerism, kindness, thoughtfulness, and compassion throughout her church and community.

A funeral service took place Tuesday, March 26 at the North Crow River Lutheran Church in Knapp, followed by the interment at the church cemetery. Arrangements were by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato; www.swansonpeterson.com.