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Doris E. Johnson, 91

Doris Elaine (Peterson) Johnson, age 91, of Annandale, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at the St. Cloud Hospital.

Memorial services will take place Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale, with Pastor Dave Nelson officiating. There will be visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Annandale.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 331 Harrison St. W., Annandale, MN 55302; or charity of choice.

Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale. Obituary, guestbook, and video tribute can be found online at www.dingmannfuneral.com.

Doris was born March 30, 1923, in Knapp, to Ernest and Esther (Anderson) Peterson.

She graduated from Cokato High School in 1941, and continued her education at the Minneapolis Business College.

Doris was united in marriage to Earl Edgar Johnson of Annandale Sept. 4, 1943. Together, they raised five children on their farm.

A humble, kind, quiet, and unassuming person, Doris held high expectations for herself and her family, and raised her children by example, rather than admonition. She readily accepted new members to her family, however they joined.

Doris always tried to make or find just the right thing to acknowledge birthdays and holidays, whether baking a favorite dish, sewing custom doll clothes, embroidering sets of towels, or commandeering the power tools necessary to make wooden toy sleighs. She continued to write individual notes, even when doing so became difficult for her.

Like many from her era, Doris could squeeze a lot from a nickel, or a day. She kept the family books, and even in the leanest of years, there were presents and all ate well.

Despite long hours of work at Beecher’s Resort, Wyman’s, and then Fingerhut, Doris always had the school lunches made, dinners prepared, and her beautiful flower gardens maintained.

Education was her highest priority. She always made time to read to her children, help them with homework, and challenge them in games. She was known to be a little less kind on the Monopoly game board, or the mechanical hockey game.

Doris also had determination. She made sure the farmhouse would have electricity, and eventually indoor plumbing; and was willing to take on any project. She taught her children and grandchildren to make pickles, blackberry jelly, and Swedish potato sausage.

She liked to travel, first by family car trips; and later, she and Earl traveled to Europe. When Earl was gone, she enjoyed many bus trips throughout the US with her sister, Rosalie.

Doris became a master crossword puzzler, and when a stroke made speech difficult, she refocused on jigsaw puzzles.

A member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale, Doris worshipped, and enjoyed quilting and other activities.

She lived the past eight years at the Annandale Care Center and Centennial Villa, where she made many friends.

Doris is survived by her children and their spouses: Sandra (Michael) Hobbs of Golden Valley, Curtis (Barbara) of Sartell, Dean (Barbara) of Arcadia, CA, James (Cheri Toftey) of Minneapolis, and Lyndon (Nancy) of Annandale; 12 grandchildren: Marcia, Michelle, Corinne, Erik, Kristen, Andrew, Matthew, Kate, Dane, Nicholas, Katelyn, and Jacob; five great-grandchildren: Joshua, Serena, Maren, Haylen and Evelyn; a sister, Rosalie Kotila of Champlin; sister-in-law Elma Peterson of Minnetonka; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Earl, she was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Esther Peterson; two infant daughters; and a brother, Kenneth Peterson.

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