Betty L. Johnson, 92

Betty Lois Johnson, age 92, of Dassel, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Augustana Lakeside Health Care Center of Dassel.

A memorial service will take place Monday, March 13 at 2 p.m. at the Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Dassel, with the Rev. Daniel Belgum-Blad officiating. Interment of the urn will be later this spring, at the Dassel Community Cemetery.

There will be a time to gather Sunday evening, March 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel; continuing Monday, March 13, at the church, one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are being handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.

Betty was born Jan. 3, 1925, in Ellsworth Township, Meeker County, the daughter of James A. and Flora Montgomery Olmstead. She grew up in the Dassel area, where she was baptized and confirmed at the Church of Christ.

Betty attended country school before she moved as a teenager to St. Cloud, where she attended and graduated from Saint Cloud Tech.

Betty was united in marriage to Glenn Donald Johnson Feb. 14, 1948, at the Church of Christ in Dassel. The couple made their home for a short time period in South Dakota and Texas, where Glen worked construction, before moving back to Dassel.

Betty had been employed at Dayton’s, 3-M, Green Giant in Cokato, and as a secretary at Midwest Hatchery, and Storm Systems in Dassel. She had also been employed at the Hummingbird Habitat in Dassel, and the Dassel Lakeside Nursing Home, in the office.

Betty loved her family, and enjoyed holidays and the times she spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her grandchildren will always remember her great sense of humor and her love for cats.

She was a wonderful cook, and a talented baker, making great rolls, rye bread, and rice pudding that she lovingly gave to family and friends. Betty was a master gardener, and always had a wonderful garden that exploded with color during the summer months. She was also a member of a photography club, a birthday club, as well as serving in the Ruth Circle of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church W/ELCA group, and on the church council.

Betty is survived by her children: Glenn “Chuck” (Laurie) Johnson, Diane (Dennis) Johnson, all of Litchfield, Galen (Karen) Johnson of Fairbanks, AK, and the Rev. Gary (Diane) Johnson of Red Lake Falls; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by a brother-in-law, Bob Shirley; sister-in-law Shirley Ostlund; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn; a grandson, Zachary Mlodzik; her parents; and three sisters, Ethel Zepplin, May Olmstead, and Kathy Shirley.

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