Lila H. Johnson, 87

Lila Hazel Johnson, age 87, of Gilbert, died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Augustana Homes – Lakeside Community Homes in Dassel.

She was born Sept. 7, 1927, in Menahga, MN, to Hjalmer and Anna (Niemela) Arvola.

Lila was a graduate of Sebeka high School, and later married Albert Johnson, in 1949.

She worked as a secretary prior to moving to McKinley in 1959, then later to rural Gilbert (Hutter). Lila worked as a seamstress for the Cluett Peabody Shirt Factory in Gilbert, and as a cafeteria aid for the Gilbert Public Schools.

Lila was a member of First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Midway, and the Biwabik Township Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her children: Steven Johnson of Hutter, Sharon (Raymond) Johnson of Kettle River, Carol (Joseph) Johnson of Mt. Iron, Nancy (Nathan) Niemela of Cokato, Brenda (Guy) Elmore of Crystal, Peggy Laakkonen of Anoka, Susan (David) Hearn of Brooklyn Center, Kathleen Johnson of Anoka, Melissa (Brian) Peterson of Dassel, and Rita (Thomas) Sturos of Laurium, MI; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings Leslie (Louise) Arvola, Kenneth (Arlene) Arvola, David (Mary) Arvola, Ruth Leukuma, Norma Hillukka, Verna (Harvey) Grangroth, Joyce Kotila, and Florence (Donald) Halonen; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lila was preceded in death by her parents, Hjalmer and Anna; husband, Albert; a son, Bradley; and a brother, Rudolph.

Funeral service took place Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at First Apostolic Lutheran Church in Midway (Virginia) with Pastor Peter Haapala officiating. Interment was in the Gilbert Cemetery.

Visitation was Monday, Feb. 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert, and it continued Tuesday for one hour at the church, prior to the service.

The Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home in Gilbert handled the arrangements.

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