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Darlene Johansson, 68

Darlene “Mia” Rosemary Johansson, age 68, of Cokato MN died Friday, May 15, 2020 at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield.

Mia was born Jan. 30, 1952, in Eveleth to Hugo and Lillian (Palo) Johnson, and grew up in Mountain Iron. She was a graduate of the Mountain Iron High School and attended Eveleth Vo-Tech

Mia had a sense of adventure and traveled every chance she could, visiting family and friends around the world. She travelled many places with Sven, including; Sweden, Finland, China, Indonesia, Israel, Ecuador, and Australia. She always made sure to set aside extra time to visit her children and grandchildren.

April 3, 1982 she married Sven Johansson in Virginia, MN. Following their wedding, Sven and Mia moved to Sweden where they lived for five years before settling in Cokato.

Mia raised six children and later went on to work as a healthcare assistant at Maple Plain Nursing home.

Mia had a caring and outgoing personality, she never met a stranger, she loved meeting and talking to people, making friends wherever she went. She showed love and support to her family throughout her life. She absolutely adored her grandchildren and her eyes would light up whenever she spent time with them. She also loved to garden, and every fall she was happy to share the bounty from her vegetable garden.

Foremost, she put her faith, love and trust in Jesus Christ her Lord and Saviour. She was a faithful servant and worker in His Kingdom. She will be greatly missed by her husband and all fellow believers.

Darlene is survived by her husband, Sven; six children, Dan (Gemvita) Johansson of Minneapolis, David (Genevieve) Johansson of Germantown, TN, Linnea (Robert) Jackson of Prior Lake, Sven-Erik (Marija) Johansson of Olathe, KS, Amy (Carlos) Viteri of Houston, TX and Jennifer (Italo) Vazquez of Minneapolis; eight grandchildren, Lilliana and Briana LeBaron of Prior Lake, Thomas, Hugo, and Elise Johansson of Germantown, TN, Bodin Johansson of Olathe City, KS, and Jayla and Jason Vazquez of Minneapolis; five sisters, Cynthia Griffin of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Priscilla Ylitalo of Brainerd, Charlotte (Norman) Hillukka of Menahga, Corrine Laho of Plymouth, Harriet (Edward) Lehto of Dassel; and two brothers Steven (Denise) Johnson of Buffalo and James (Susan) Johnson of Mountain Iron, and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugo and Lillian Johnson; three brothers, Aaron, Calvin, and Joseph; and three brothers-in-law, Harold Kangas, Ralph Ylitalo, and Earl Griffin.

Funeral service was 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the Lutheran church in Cokato, with Pastor Fred Kilpela officiating. Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, May 18 at Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato. Burial was in the Cokato Finnish Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Cokato.

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