Arles L. Johnson, age 91, of Watertown, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo.
Her funeral service will be Monday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. at Watertown Evangelical Free Church, with the Revs. Dan Osborn and Paul Kling officiating. There will be visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Interment will be at Watertown Public Cemetery.
Casket bearers are Andrew Krueger, Katie Halbert, Scott Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Charles Johnson, Travis Johnson, and Ashley Johnson.
Honorary casket bearers are Conway Bruhn, Ryan Porter, Jason Porter, Sierra Roach, and TJ Roach.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.
Arles was born May 8, 1926, on a farm in rural Delano, the daughter of Charles and Esther (Oestreich) Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano.
Arles went to school through the eighth grade in a one-room school, the Yany School. She graduated from Watertown High School with the class of 1941.
Arles continued her education at the St. Paul Bible Institute from 1944-1947, and then at Taylor University in Upland, IN from 1947-1950.
She had the support of her home church to go on oversea missions. The mission trips took her to Belgium, Congo, then onto Bruxelles, Belgium to study French, and take the colonial course in order to direct and teach the nationals. She started directing, and later teaching in 1952.
Arles served for 28 years on mission trips in Congo, as well as spending one year in Venezuela, teaching in South America with the missionary children. She resigned in 1978. Arles told many Africans about Jesus, even speaking some Sundays in the village chapels and mission chapels.
As a farmer’s daughter, all that has been accomplished is because of the grace of God and for the glory of God.
Never married, Arles had a happy life, accepting the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior in 1939. She was a member of the Watertown Evangelical Free Church since 1941.
Arles had the privilege to travel to France, England, Holland, Switzerland, Greece, Italy, Jerusalem, Canada, and Germany.
One of her favorite Bible verses was Matthew 6: “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Arles was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Esther Johnson; sister Gladys (Lyle) Bruhn; brother Marlin (Elaine) Johnson; and brother-in-law George Roach.
She is survived by her loving family: sister Shirley Roach of Marysville, WA; sister-in-law Sharon Johnson of Sioux Falls, SD; nieces and nephews Steve (Renee) Johnson, Don (Veronica) Johnson, David Bruhn, Beverly (Donnie) Cooper, Edward Bruhn, Bonnie (John) Krueger, Troy (Nancy) Roach, and Amber Roach; great-nieces and great-nephews; and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.