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Kim Johnson, 48

Kim Johnson, age 48, of Maple Lake, passed away suddenly Thursday, July 31, 2014, surrounded by family, from complications due to cancer.

Kim was born Sept. 21, 1965, in Robbinsdale, to Val (Chayer) and LeRoy Mude. She was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley.

Kim grew up in Crystal, and graduated in 1984, from Armstrong High School in Plymouth. She then attended St. Cloud State University and St. Catherine’s University, graduating with a degree in special education.

A lifelong educator with passion for special education, Kim served the school districts of St. Michael, Big Lake, Elk River (Zimmerman), Blue Sky Charter, and St. Cloud. She had a desire to help all students succeed and went far above and beyond what was expected of a teacher.

Kim loved horses, dogs, and country living. She was active in 4-H as a leader. She also enjoyed lying in the sun and reading a good book.

Riding her horse and taking a long walk was a great day for Kim, whose greatest love was her family. She traveled many miles and spent many hours watching her sons Matthew and Michael play hockey. She loved deep conversations with her daughter, Megan, and was proud that she chose to follow in her footsteps as an educator. Daughter Natalie and Kim shared many hours riding their beloved “ponies” together.

Kim and her fiancé, Dale, fell in love over a glass of wine and were building a life together, having recently purchased their dream place in the country.

Kim is survived by her loving fiancé, Dale DeVos of Maple Lake (formerly of Cokato); sons Matthew and Michael Krueger of Elk River; and daughters Megan Krueger and Natalie Johnson of Maple Lake.

She is further survived by her parents, LeRoy and Val Mude of Dalton, MN; sister Kris (Larry) Bodoczy of San Antonio, TX; niece Callee Bodoczy; nephews Tommy and Quinten Bodoczy of San Antonio; uncle and aunts Les (Ruby) Mude of San Antonio, and Maxine (Don) Nibbe of Tucson, AZ; cousins Teresa Jesten and Troy Nibbe; and countless friends and fellow educators.

A memorial service took place Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Monticello.

Visitation was Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m., and included a prayer service, at Peterson Grimsmo Funeral Chapel in Monticello, which handled the arrangements.

Memorials may be given to the Kim Johnson memorial fund.

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