Lorraine V. Johnson, 96

Lorraine Vivian Johnson, age 96, of Annandale, died Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at the Annandale Care Center.

She was born May 15, 1923, to Martin and Selma (Lidberg) Martinson.

Lorraine grew up in Annandale, where she also graduated with the class of 1941. She then furthered her education, becoming a registered nurse in 1945.

Lorraine was united in marriage to Donald Benjamin Johnson Nov. 14, 1953, at Knapp Lutheran Church, north of Cokato. The couple made their home on a farm near Annandale, and were blessed with two boys, Carmon and Thomas.

Lorraine was employed in several health positions including general duty nurse, nursery supervisor, and in obstetrics. She was a surgery nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, and worked with the Red Cross on the polio epidemic in Texas and Minnesota.

Lorraine retired from active nursing in 1985. She worked at the Annandale Care Center on the activities staff and volunteered there until 2006.

Her church family and her faith have always been extremely important in Lorraine’s life. She taught Sunday school for many years, and also belonged to Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Ladies’ Circle at St. John’s.

She enjoyed crocheting, baking, fishing, baby sitting, playing games including Scrabble, and doing puzzles. Above all, she cherished the time she was able to spend with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lorraine is survived by her son, Thomas, of Annandale; daughter-in-law, Denise (Barry) Schultz of Annandale; grandchildren Kurt (Jessica) Johnson, Michaela Rae (JJ) Johnson, Michelle (Kevin) Johnson, Heather Schultz, Jeremiah Johnson, and Taylor Johnson; five great-grandchildren: Bennett, Cole, Charlie, William and Olin; and many nieces, nephews, other family members, and friends.

In addition to her husband, Donald, Lorraine was preceded in death by her son, Carmon; and siblings Hannah, Cecelia, Carl, Paul, and Violet.

Funeral services took place Thursday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Annandale, with visitation one hour prior to the service. The Rev. David Nelson officiated, and burial followed at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.

Arrangements were entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale. Obituary, guestbook, and video tribute can be found online at www.dingmannfuneral.com.

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