Frances Elizabeth Johnson, age 100, of Dassel, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at the Lakeview Ranch, Darwin.
She was born Oct. 13, 1916, in Litchfield, the daughter of Algot and Albertina (Danielson) Floren. Frances grew up in the Dassel area, and graduated from the Dassel High School.
She continued her education by attending teachers training in Willmar to obtain her teacher certificate. Frances taught country school for several years.
Frances was baptized and confirmed at Swan Lake Lutheran Church, and was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel at the time of her death. She had been an active member of Bible study, the Swan Lake Ladies Aid, and later the Gethsemane Lutheran Ladies Aid and quilting group.
Frances was united in marriage to Bernard Nels Johnson June 19, 1937, at the Lutheran church parsonage in Dassel. The couple made their home on the farm northwest of Dassel until 1973, when they moved into Dassel.
Frances loved teaching children, and her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were a joy in her life. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and sewing, and was a member of the birthday club and senior citizens in Dassel.
Frances loved her community, and always enjoyed everyone she would meet. She will be missed by her family and her friends.
Frances is survived by her son, Richard (Gail) Johnson of Dassel; son-in-law John Sandstede of Dassel; grandchildren, Noah Johnson, April Leiker, Amy Dickson (husband, Kent), Abby Alle (husband, Neil), Beau Johnson (wife, Alison), Sara Krueger (husband, Jeff Olson), Peter Krueger (wife, Sheree), Stephanie (Sandstede) Smith (husband, Chris), and Jill (Sandstede) Wedel (husband, Jason); and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard; daughter, Susan Sandstede; grandson, Lucas Johnson; infant grandson, Joshua Johnson; parents, Algot and Albertina Floren; and siblings Ruby Oster, Oliver Floren, Dennis Floren, and Harold Floren.
A memorial service took place Thursday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel with the Rev. Carolyn Pflibsen officiating. Interment was at the Swan Lake Cemetery in rural Dassel.
There was a time to gather with the family one hour prior to the service at the church.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel handled the arrangements.