Darlene Johnson

darlene johnson
Darlene passed away on Friday, November 15, 2019, at her home in Fargo, surrounded by her loving family, and under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Darlene was born on February 19, 1934, the daughter of Garfield and Cora (Hovdestad) Peterson, in Moorhead, MN. She grew up in Moorhead, graduating from Moorhead High School in 1952. She married and began to raise her family. She had a natural talent in cooking and baking, leading into a life of work in the food industry, ending in her retirement from Elim Nursing home as kitchen manager. She continued to have the goods from the oven ready and coffee always on for family and friends. She loved to pass down and teach her children and grandchildren her love of traditional baking at Christmastime. Her love for her grandchildren was endless. Darlene is survived by her children – Teri (Tim) Holland of Philippines; Michael Johnson of Fargo; Mitchell (Jean) Johnson of Fargo; Rick (Karen) Johnson of Fargo; and Candace (Paul) Poelaert of Hoffman, MN; her grandchildren – Paul (Val) Holland, Angela Long, Elizabeth Holland, Ian (Anne) Johnson, Lane Johnson, Kaitlyn Johnson, Brady Johnson, Glynis (Lucas) Nystrom, and Olivia Volker. Also surviving are her eight great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary Lou Ahrens; her brother-in-law Curt Ahrens; her brother, Gary Peterson; her sister-in-law, Christine Peterson; her daughter-in-law, Mona Johnson; her son-in-law, James Volker; and two grandsons – Joshua Johnson and Corey Johnson. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Hospice of the Red River Valley. FUNERAL SERVICE: 10 AM Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center at Boulger Funeral Home VISITATION: one hour prior to the service in the funeral home on Thursday BURIAL: Holy Cross North Cemetery in Fargo

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  1. I have so many fun memories of Grandma Boots. She was such a fun, special lady and a great boss(I especially enjoyed it when she would drive through blizzards to pick me up on days when school was cancelled so I could get snowed in at work instead of home) I will always keep her in my memories. Thinking of you Terri, Tim, Paul, Angie, and Beth during this difficult time.

  2. for a truly beautiful and wonderful woman, we will miss you bootsie, my condolences to the family. you will be sorely missed.

  3. I grew up knowing Darlene as Bootsie one of (Bev)… my Mom’s best friends. She was always baking awesome cinnamin rolls hot out of the oven and always invited me Cindy Bev & my Dad Bernie over for coffee and a hot roll. We would ask about each other’s day , tell jokes and laughed until we cried. Bootsie was tough, had a heart of gold and a sense of humor that was contagious. She will be truely missed and now she can have coffee in heaven with Bev & Bernie. Love You Bootsie Cindy 🙂

  4. Aunt Bootsie, I miss you already. I miss our nightly calls or as we called them “welfare checks”. I miss talking recipes and or baking conversations. I appreciate all the love you showed me for so many years. I appreciate how much you were there for my family my entire life and especially after my mom and dad passed. You were truly one of a kind. Rest in peace I will think of you daily and you will always have a special spot forever in my heart. Loved you lots Missy

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