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Jeraldine M. Johnson, 85

Jeraldine Marie Johnson (Mrs. Herbert Johnson), age 85, of Dassel, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

She was born March 23, 1928, in Litchfield, the daughter of John and Viola (Peifer) Housman.

Jeraldine grew up in the Litchfield area, and graduated from Litchfield High School before attending Normal Teachers Training in St. Cloud. After graduating from teachers training, she taught for eight years in rural schools, and one year at the Mountain Iron School.

A longtime member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, Jeraldine had been an active member of the CCW, volunteered at numerous church events, was a Christian education teacher, and served as Sunday school principal for several years.

Jeraldine was united in marriage to Herbert Johnson June 9, 1956, at the St. Philip’s rectory in Litchfield. They shared 57 years of marriage, built on pure love.

The couple made their home in the Dassel area, where they raised their five children, had a dairy farm, and raised chickens.

Jeraldine had also been a personal care assistant for several years.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jeraldine loved sewing, quilting, crossword puzzles, and reading. She had also been a member of a card club and a birthday club.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert, of Dassel; children, Jeffrey (Mary Jo) Johnson of Dassel, Joan Klehr of Wausau, WI, Janice (Jim) Maher of Darwin, Julie Johnson-Reeck of St. Paul, and Jane (Troy) Bahr of Hutchinson; 18 grandchildren:Jeremy Johnson, Michelle Johnson, Malorie (Joshua) Kutil, Kathryn (David) Ster, Philip Klehr, David Klehr, Julie Ann Klehr, Benjamin Bahr, Mason Bahr, Gretchen (Eric) Sietsema, Dustin Morehouse, Christopher (Nyona) Morehouse, Heather (Travis) Daly, Ian Maher, Regan Reeck, Sebastian Reeck, Jonathan Reeck, and Miles Reeck, and six great-grandchildren: Sophia, Elizabeth, Annika, Bridgette, Madison, and Hunter.

She is also survived by her brother, Milton “Bud” (Joyce) Housman of Litchfield; her sisters, Phyllis Pollock of St. Michael, and Kathleen Housman of Fridley; and sister-in-law Hildur Carlson of Dassel.

Jeraldine was preceded in death by her parents, John and Viola Housman; sisters Donna Housman, and Barb Chemlik; sons-in-law Richard Reeck, and Robert Klehr; stepmother Florence Housman; and step-brother Peter Hughes; along with numerous other relatives and loved ones.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 1 p.m. at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Litchfield with Fr. Brian Mandel officiating. Interment was at the Swan Lake Cemetery in rural Dassel.

Visitation was Tuesday evening, Aug. 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, and continued Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at the church.

The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.