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Iona Johnson, 103

Iona Hazel Hanson Stevens Johnson, age 103, of Cokato, went to her heavenly home Monday, June 13, 2016.

She was born Feb 13, 1913, in Boyd, MN, to Bennie and Minnie (Paulson) Hanson. Iona was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Boyd.

She was united in marriage to Oscar Stevens June 24, 1934. To this union, a son was born. Oscar passed away in 1941.

Iona moved to Cokato, and worked as a clerk in her father’s grocery store in Stockholm, MN, where she met and later married her second husband, Clinton Johnson, March 11, 1944. To this union, four children were born.

Iona was a self-described homemaker and farmer’s wife. She enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, gardening, quilting, watching crops grow, and studying God’s Word. She lived her life in humble service to Christ, lovingly caring for her family, friends, and those in need.

Iona is survived by her children, Robert (Barbara) Stevens of Inver Grove Heights; Diane Dodge of Dassel; Dennis (Deborah) Johnson of Cokato; Beatrice (Michael) Jones of White Bear Lake; and son-in-law, Edward Finnegan of Minneota; 10 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and six great-great- grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Oscar Stevens, and Clinton Johnson; her parents, Bennie and Minnie Hanson; daughter Ronette Finnegan; and son-in-law, Dale Dodge.

Her funeral service took place Thursday, June 16 at 2 p.m. at Stockholm Lutheran Church, with interment at Stockholm Lutheran Cemetery.

There was visitation Wednesday, June 15 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato, and visitation continued Thursday at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements were with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato and Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.

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