Eva Florence Johnson, age 89, of Plymouth, formerly of Cokato, passed away quietly and peacefully Saturday, April 2, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her husband and family. She was a few days away from completing 90 years of life.
Eva, the youngest of the eight children born to John and Amalia Tulkki, was born April 5, 1926, on the family farm in Howard Lake.
After graduating from Cokato High School in 1943, she moved to Minneapolis, and worked in office administration.
Eva married Robert R. Johnson in 1945. Bob and Eva moved to Plymouth, in 1949, and then built their final home on an adjoining homesite in 1959.
Eva had 15 children; 11 boys and four girls: Stephen, Robert, Dagny Kangas (Jerry), Richard, Thomas, Loren (Bonnie), Gordon (Linda), Daryl, Barbara Eastman (Eric), JulieAnn Rahkola (John), Phillip, Stuart, Ronald, Timothy (Mari) and Heidi Rahkola (Kurt).
When she passed away, Eva had 138 descendants; 15 children, 48 grandchildren, 74 great-grandchildren, and one great, great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Amalia Tulkki; seven siblings: Raymond, Howard, Emil, John, Walter, Daniel, and Agnes (Kosola); her children: Dagny, Robert, Thomas and Phillip; grandchildren John David Rahkola, Robert Johnson, Katie Rahkola, and Thomas Rahkola; and a great-grandchild, Larissa Tormanen.
Eva had abundant willingness to help and assist her family, relatives, and people. She turned away no one. Despite having numerous children of her own, she opened her doors to many children in the neighborhood, and her home became a place to “hang out,” play, and was a sanctuary for many.
For the gift of serving others, she was blessed with the love of her many descendants, relatives, and friends who cherished her.
Eva also was able to “stop by, at any time” for conversation and a free cup of coffee at the home of one of her many friends and relatives.
Eva’s funeral service took place Friday, April 8 at 11 a.m. at First Apostolic Lutheran Church of Long Lake, with visitation two hours prior to the service at the church. Interment was at Cokato Finnish Cemetery.
Arrangements were with the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.