Alice Johanson, 76

Alice Annette (Lindholm) Johanson, age 76, of Durham, NC, passed away Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at her home, after a five- year struggle with metastasized breast cancer.

She was born May 5, 1938, in Hutchinson, to Melvin and Charlotte Lindholm.

Alice graduated from Dassel High School, and from the University of Minnesota, with a degree in education of the visually handicapped.

She lived much of her life in Moorhead, where she worked for Southeast Human Services in Fargo as a case manager for developmentally-disabled children, and where she was very active in the League of Women Voters.

On retirement, she and Arnie moved to Durham, NC, and Alice devoted herself to reading, and helping to establish the American Village Book Club; knitting, specializing in afghans; Scrabble, virtually unbeatable; and listening to classical music. She enjoyed travel, especially regular visits to New York City and the Metropolitan Opera.

Alice was a deeply beloved wife, mother, and grandmother; a quiet and unassuming woman of great character and independence, who touched the lives of many.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Arnold (“Arnie”) Johanson; two daughters, Kaaren Johanson of Durham, NC, and Sara Jensen (Kirk) of Minneapolis; a son, Mark Johanson (Carolyn) of St, Paul; four grandchildren, Tyler and Zoë Bartholomew, and Oskar and Claudia Jensen; and two sisters, Grace Trittin (Ronald), of Dassel, and Janice Mathieu (Darrel) of Luck, WI.

There will be a private gathering in celebration of Alice’s life in Minneapolis in the near future. Memorials may be sent to WCPE radio, Box 897, Wake Forest, NC 27588.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham, NC. Online condolences at www.hallwynne.com.

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