Betty Johnson, age 82, of Perham, formerly of Delano, was granted her angel wings Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, with her family by her side.
She was born Oct. 28, 1936, in Donnelly, MN, at home, to Joseph and Bertha (Krienke) Mau.
Betty graduated from Morris High School in 1954.
She met Jerry (Gerald) Johnson in Morris, renting a room from Jerry’s parents. He came home from the Navy, met and fell in love with her, and the rest is history. They married Oct. 21, 1956; and renewed their wedding vows April 19, 1980, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano.
Betty worked at the Delano High School library from 1972 to 1986. From there, she continued her working career at the State Bank of Loretto, working there for another 14 years, before she retired.
In 1998, Betty and Jerry moved from Delano and retired in a log cabin home they built in Perham.
Betty had many hobbies and loves including her children, spoiling her grandkids and great-grandkids, knitting, sewing, baking, reading, hunting, fishing, traveling, walking, gardening, her church and God.
She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Bertha and Joseph Mau; her brother, Erv Mau; her sister, Delores Mau; father-in-law Shorty Henning; mother-in-law Sally Johnson; sisters-in-law Pat Mau and JoAnne Mau; son-in-law Jimmy Embola; great-granddaughter Paisley Schwarzrock; and beloved pet Foxy.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Gerald Johnson; daughter Toni (Duane) Hirsch and family including Nichole and Chad Kuechle (Sunny, Annie and Odin), Jason and Jill Hirsch (Brecken, Brody and Brynlee), Ashley Hirsch (Parker, Faith and Bentley), Brandon Hirsch, and Brittany Ferrell (Oaklee), and honorary granddaughter Aryssa Trotter; daughter Sandy (Mark) Anderson and family including Tara Moores (Rylee, Tommy and Madison), Tracy and Anthony Chojnacki (Brooklyn, Addilyn and Reed), Alicia and Justin Bigley (Cameron, Nick and Evelyn), and Shannon Anderson (Kaysen, Kade and Kinlee); daughter Linda Embola and family including Sarah Altmann and William Linebaugh (Caydance and Harper), Isaac and Nancy Altman (Evalyn), and Hannah Altmann; and son Mark (Tina) Johnson and family including Kristine Johnson (Gage), Cassandra Yarbrough (Sarah, Destiny and Nicolas), Tyler Johnson, Alicia and Jimmy Schwarzrock (Bentley and Aynsley), and Dylan Johnson; her brother, Joe (Carol) Mau; and her sisters, Fran (Kenny) Habisch and Karen Foede.
There was a funeral service Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Perham, with visitation from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society. Donate by phone, call 1-800-227-2345, or send to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Arrangements were with Schoeneberger Funeral & Cremation Service, Perham; www.schoenebergerfh.com.