LuAnn Marie Johnson, age 83, of Mankato, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 10, 2018, at the Mayo Health System Hospital in Mankato.
The funeral service will take place Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (13901 Fairview Dr.) in Burnsville, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Private burial at Fort Snelling.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Out-Post Mission, or the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Society.
Arrangements are with the Mankato Mortuary; www.mankatomortuary.com.
LuAnn was born June 19, 1934, in Cokato. She was baptized and confirmed at Stockholm Lutheran Church, rural Cokato.
A 1952 graduate of Cokato High School, LuAnn attended the University of Minnesota-St. Paul Campus and received her LPN license.
LuAnn married Richard Johnson June 30, 1956, in Stockholm, rural Cokato. They lived in Litchfield, Bemidji, Baudette, Richfield, and Burnsville.
She started her nursing career at Litchfield Hospital, and then moved to Bemidji Hospital. After her children were born, she was a stay-at-home mom.
Volunteering was important to LuAnn, whether it was helping a neighbor or serving on a committee.
She was a member of University of Minnesota Ag School Alumni Association, and served on several committees.
LuAnn and Dick were members of Prince of Peace Church in Burnsville, where LuAnn served on several committees and boards, including Anna Circle, Altar Guild, and quilting. You would also find her working at the famous Prince of Peace “Mega Sale,” and she was a strong advocate for their Out-Post Mission and Marie Sandvik programs.
In 2012, LuAnn moved into Augustana Regents in Burnsville; and in February 2018, she moved to New Perspective in Mankato to be more centrally located to her children.
LuAnn had a big heart for her family, neighbors, and friends. She loved to entertain year-round, not just during the holidays. The Johnson door was always open for a quick visit or weeklong visit.
LuAnn maintained long-term friendships with former classmates, neighbors, and church members; and was always there to lend a hand, remember a birthday, or to add to anyone’s collections.
She enjoyed life through traveling, garage sales, recycling, Christian music, bingo, watching her children and grandchildren, and following all of the Minnesota sports teams, especially the Twins and Timberwolves.
LuAnn is survived by her children, Sheila (Eric) Opsal, Jennifer (Dennis Dahl) Johnson, and Rick (Hollie) Johnson; her grandchildren, Laura (Ben) McMullan, Katie (Brian) Keepers, Amy and Andrew Opsal, and Kjersten, Anders and Lilja Johnson; her great-grandchildren Henry Keepers, and Evan and Ryan McMullan; sisters-in-law Lorna Johnson and Sharon Ness; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard “Dick” Johnson; parents Harry and Mabel (Good) Carlson; in-laws Carl and Dorothy (Fairchild) Johnson; siblings Margie (Norm) Krueger, John “Beezie” (Joyce) Carlson, Carleton “Coty” Carlson, and Harry “Rollie” (Norma) Carlson; and in-laws Dorothy (Don) Vollman, and Deane Johnson.