Clara Johnson, age 90, of Pelican Rapids, MN, formerly of Fargo, left us to live in eternity, Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Pelican Valley Nursing Home in Pelican Rapids. Clara was born to William & Martha (Bahls) Krueger on October 7th 1924 in Canada. In her early years they moved to Perham MN, where she grew up. On October 27, 1945 she married Gordon M. Johnson. Survivors are two children Carol Bessire, Fargo, ND; and Douglass (Ann) Johnson, Pelican Rapids, MN; 4 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, & 4 great great grandchildren; one brother, Bert (Imogene) Krueger; two sisters Sally (Emil) Huwe & Noreen Huwe. Preceded in death by her husband, parents, 2 brothers, 4 sisters, great grandson, Kiran Bessire, & son-in-law William Bessire. She loved to sew, read, garden, and pick berries. She was a wonderful cook and baker and was very well organized. She had a great sense of humor. She loved children, loved life, and will be greatly missed. Thank you for spending your precious time with us today to celebrate her life. God bless you for blessing us, Carol, Douglass, and Ann. Blessed be the memory of Clara Johnson. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 7, 2015 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center, with a visitation one hour before.

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  1. Carol & Doug,

    Mike and I wish we could be there to give each of you a hug. Please know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.

    Your mom, “Aunt Clara” was a very special person. I treasure the memories of her and Uncle Gordon when I visited the cottage as a child with Lila and the Johnson gang. I also treasure the more recent visits with Mike – I’m so glad he got to know her.

    Your mom, “Aunt Clara” was a role model for me. I once told her that I wanted to be like her when I grew up. I pray that God gives me the strength and the wisdom to come close.

    Sandy (O’Brien)

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with ALL of Clara’s family. Always saw her with a smile on her face. Heaven received another great lady while her family down here lost one. Rest in peace Clara and I know you were welcomed home by so so many.

  3. From the old neighborhood I am sad to hear of Clara’s passing. Remembering the fun times growing up on 20th St South and all the parents who made life so wonderful. See you on Thursday. God Bless


  4. to carol & doug I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom clara…. clara was very special to me…. hope this finds you both comfort at this time…. god bless you both love tammy

  5. I have been a member of the nursing staff @ PVHC for over 10 years. Funny thing, Clara never ever remembered my name. When I brought her 6 a.m. medications into her room for her, we would have some great conversations. Or if I would work the day or evening shifts, I could always joke with Clara. When Clara first arrived as an admit to PV, she was on “her last leg”, meaning hospice comfort measures were in place to allow her to die with dignity. It did not take long and Clara was conversing with all, a real spitfire personality. This was a strong willed woman who rallied so many times, it just doesn’t seem real that she finally gave up her spirit and left us. Clara truly did have more lives than a cat. We all will miss her and we all enjoyed her many conversations, her strong personality, and many ways she corrected us on how she wanted her care to be directed. Clara did die with dignity and peace, she just waited until it really was “her time”. God bless our very special Clara.

  6. There are few people you meet in life who, in the little time spent with them, have such a memorable impact on you … Clara was one of those special persons.

    A couple of summers visits to the cabin in Pelican Rapids with Clara and her family & I met a “modern pioneer women” who would have thrived in any period. Her timeless qualities of strong-spirited, dedication, resourcefulness, generosity, wonderful cook, good humor, molder of values, and most importantly, a Godly woman were always evident. Where else but at the lake could Beth have caught a sunfish & Jacob learned to skip stones under Clara’s watchful eye.

    Though the visits were few, the memories are many and lasting. Heaven is in better shape with Clara’s arrival.

  7. Dear Carol and Doug,

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother, although I am sure Gordon is happy to have her with him once more. I wish I could have made it to the service to give you both a great big hug on behalf of all of us, but I was out of town and unfortunately didn’t hear about her passing until I returned.

    Your mom was a very special person in so many ways for so many people and while she will be missed in the days ahead, she will be with us always as we cherish the memories of her.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both,

    On behalf of my entire family warmest hugs,


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