Joan M. Johnson, 78

Joan Margaret “Joanie” Johnson, age 78, of North Oaks, formerly of Cokato, died peacefully Monday, Feb. 19, 2018.

She was born and grew up in Cokato.

Joanie led a creative life, enjoying sewing, and china painting, and in 1993, discovered her true calling; quilting. She created many beautiful quilts that she gave to friends and family.

Other pastimes included playing bridge with friends, card and board games with her family, music, and watching nearly any kind of sporting event.

Her family, friends, and faith were the most important pillars of her life, and she was always there for those she loved. Her example of kindness and generosity will be remembered and exemplified by all who knew her.

Joan’s favorite role was that of being a grandmother. She loved her five grandchildren with all her heart and soul.

She will be missed.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Fisk and Esther Peterson; and infant brother, Charles.

She will be sadly missed by her husband of 51 years, Brian; children, Kristin (Brian) Burge, Kari Johnson, David (Sara) Johnson, and Joel Johnson; grandchildren Tyler, Ava, Caroline, Jackson and Zachary; sisters Carol Peterson, and Mary (Nabil Elias) Peterson; nephew Alex Elias; and niece, Mona Taylor.

A celebration of Joan’s life took place Monday, Feb. 26 at noon at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, with a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Arrangements were with Bradshaw Funeral and Cremation Services.

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