JeriLynne “Jeri” Margaret Johnson, age 75, of Dassel, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, at the Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, after a courageous three-year battle with cancer.
JeriLynne Margaret (Bodeker) Johnson, the daughter of Fay and Elsie (Parker) Bodeker, was born May 23, 1945, at the Glenwood Community Hospital in Glenwood. She grew up in the Alexandria area, before moving to Lake Lillian, where she lived for several years. She then moved to Annandale, where she graduated from the Annandale High School in 1963.
Jeri made her home in the Dassel area, where she was employed by Functional Industries in Cokato, and the Catholic Charities group homes in Dassel and Litchfield. She had also worked at Wessman Oil in Cokato.
Jeri was united in marriage to Howard G. Johnson at the Church of Christ in Dassel Nov. 30, 1991. Together, they made their home in Dassel.
Jeri loved spending time with her family and loved them dearly. She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a great cook and enjoyed baking bars for her family.
She enjoyed scrapbooking, jigsaw puzzles on her iPad, and loved flowers. She looked forward to playing Scrabble with her friends in her Thursday afternoon Scrabble Club, which they started in 2007. She was an avid collector of cookbooks, teapots, and dolls.
She loved to travel to Florida to visit her sister, Jo, and loved following the Gaithers to various states. She especially enjoyed the holidays and special events that she could spend with her family.
Jeri is survived by her husband, Howard Johnson of Dassel; children, Shawn Johnson of Gibbon, Vanessa (Paul) Haekenkamp of Hutchinson, and Aaron (Rachelle) Johnson of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Jesse (Jenna), Valerie, Jamisen, Dreyten, Hendrix, Emery, and Aria; step-children, Grant (Tern) Johnson of Temple Terrace, FL, Nancy (Bruce) Baumgart of Hutchinson, Todd (Tina) Johnson of St. Cloud, and Nichole (Greg) Plath of Hutchinson; step-grandchildren, Andria, Xavier (Sierra), Tyler, Stephanie (Josh), Brittney (Travis), Benjamin, Zachary, Danielle, Alivia, Hayley (Anthony), Jayk, Adeline, Elise, Anna, Lila, and 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Joan “Jo” Brink of St. Cloud, sisters-in-law, Sharon Bodeker of Minnetonka, and Kathleen Bodeker-Hull of St. Joseph; several nieces, nephews, and other relatives, along with her special friends, Cindy and Shirley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fay and Elsie Bodeker; her brothers, John and Jim Bodeker; nephews; Kelly and Barton Wold; mother-and-father-in-law, Harry and Frieda Johnson, sisters-in-law, Marion Johnson, and Harriet Battles, and brothers-in-law, Robert Brink, and George Battles.
A private family funeral service took place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Dassel, with Mike Gerhardt officiating, with interment at Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson following the service.
There was a public visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m., and from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Church of Christ in Dassel, prior to the funeral.
The Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.