LoAnn Johnson Fetzer was born March 14, 1945, to Edwin and Adelaide (Hetletved) Johnson in Robinson, ND.   She graduated from Tuttle High School in 1963 and then received her Degree in Elementary Education from Valley City State University in 1967.

LoAnn married Leonard Fetzer August 12, 1967 in Robinson, N.D. They moved to Grafton, N.D. until 1981 at which time they made their home in Fargo.  She was a teacher for 33 years, retiring in 2010 from Jefferson Elementary.

As a devoted mother, grandmother and teacher, children were always a priority to her. Many describe her as the sweetest person they know who was so kind and generous to others with her time and energy. LoAnn had a passion for reading, enjoyed a nightly game of solitaire, lunching with friends and occasional shopping trip. She was a talented seamstress who made quilts and blankets for her grandkids and there was no shortage of food in the home as she was always baking or trying out a new recipe.  LoAnn also enjoyed music and she sang in the choir at Olivet Lutheran Church for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Leonard; children, Lanny (Virginia), Lana (Matt), Landon; grandchildren; Mia Frice-Fetzer, Brindelyn Fetzer, Adalee and Elijah Anderson; mother, Adelaide Johnson; siblings, Eunice (Myron) Meidinger, Burdell (Theo) Johnson, and Janell (John) Quinlan.

She was preceded in death by her father, Edwin Johnson.

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  1. Fargo ND
    Lana, Ann told me of your Mother’s death. Many times we sat together at sports events and would cheer you on together.

    May she rest in peace and may your family feel her presence in special ways.

  2. jacksonville FlOur son Matthew Berseth played basketball with Landon in High School. We are sending our sympathy to the Fetzer family.
    Sincerely,
    Kris and Tom Berseth

  3. Forest Lake MN
    Johnson and Fetzer families…..I was saddened and shocked to hear of LoAnn’s death. While I have known of LoAnn all of my life, it was only in the last few years that I had opportunity to visit with her. She had such a gentle, kind, caring countenance that undoubtedly will leave a void in the lives and hearts of many. My deepest sympathy to each of you on your great loss. I pray for God’s love, peace and comfort to surround you during this difficult time.
    Brenda

  4. Bismarck North Dakota
    So sorry about your loss Lenarad and family

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Just know that the Lord is by your side at all times. When you think you are alone he has his arms around you. Just hold on to that.

    Your Cousin
    Ilene

  5. It seems the wonderful stories at the service tonight were a small tribute to such an incredible and inspiring woman. I have many fond childhood memories of Mrs. Fetzer and will never forget her.

  6. Fargo I am a 2nd grader at Jefferson Elementary. My parents are helping me with this. Mrs.Fetzer was a very nice teacher. I have missed her this year. Mrs. Fetzer made reading fun. She rewarded me after doing well on the reading tests. She always said hi to me as I walked by her room in the morning. Thank you Mrs. Fetzer, I will never forget you.

  7. Sympathy to the Johnson / Fetzer familes ~~
    May it make your sorrow
    Easier to bear
    Knowing there are others
    Who understand & care.

    Gentle thoughts & prayers during these difficult days ahead. Sincerely, Carla

  8. Boise IDI am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs. Fetzer was my first grade teacher at Jefferson in 1989. She was a wonderful teacher and I will always remember her. God Bless.

    Annie Johnson

  9. Roseau MN
    Lana and family.

    I was saddened to hear of your loss. I only met LoAnn one time (baby shower) and she had such an easy way about her. Knowing Lana, I can only presume that she was a fabulous mom.

    You will all be in our prayers. May God bring you comfort and peace as you celebrate the memory of LoAnn.

  10. mc clusky ndOn behalf of the Andrew Dalbol/ and Ted Haibeck families we extend our deepest sympathy. I was very surprised to read this tragic news. Please know that you are all in our prayers. May God give you the strength to endure.God bless the memories of your dear loved one.

  11. Fargo ND
    To LoAnn’s Family
    You are in my thoughts and prayers as we celebrate LoAnn’s incredible life of caring, giving, and love. Her gifts of kindness are many and her gift of knowing when someone needed that special expression of support will be appreciated and remembered always.

  12. Seeley Lake MTSo sorry to hear about LoAnn..Our little neighbor girl on the farm. We know she will be missed. We are here in Arizona and heard about it from the Dalbols.

    Condolances to the family, Betty and Glendell

  13. Fargo ND
    Leonard and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Erik and I are in Arizona and will not be at the funeral.

    We will be with you in thought and prayer.

    We will touch base when we get home.

    LoAnn was an incredible lady. She touched so many people’s live and will be missed dearly.

  14. West Fargo ND
    There is nothing that I will be able to say that will take away the pain and hurt, but please know that I have many childhood memories of sleep overs and playing at the Fetzer home and it brings back many smiles and wonderful memories of LoAnn.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  15. Dallas TX Leonard, Lanny, Lana and Landon,

    I am so sorry to hear about LoAnn, I have great memories of your family living across the street in Grafton. Your Mom was always so nice and friendly and may parents so enjoyed having you are neighbors and friends. Leonard was a pallbearer at my father’s funeral many years ago.
    I hope all the great memories you have as a family will ease the sadness you feel right now. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  16. Fargo I admired LoAnn and feel lucky to have worked with someone so kind and caring. She devoted any extra time she had to helping kids succeed and read that were struggling and needed more help. Not many would be so generous with their free time. She was generous in other ways too as she often anonymously bought supplies and clothing and even Christmas gifts for students that were in need. It is so unfair to her and her family to lose her just as her retired life was beginning. I hope in time peace comes to all of your hearts. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by her Jefferson family so much.

  17. bismarckn n.d.My sincere condolences to your family. Just remember what a great person LoAnn was and what she contributed to this world.

  18. Leonard and family
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. LoAnn was a friend to everyone. She was a very special person.
    I heard of her passing in the Tuttle blogs. You will find caring thoughts from others at that site. Please know we care.

  19. I am so sorry for your loss…. she always seemed the picture of health. you are in our prayers. Torgrimson Family

  20. LoAnn was my Reading Recovery colleague. She was consistently kind and pleasant, a talented, hard-working teacher who brought wisdom and quiet strength to any gathering. She helped so many young children and her fellow teachers, as well. I’m grateful to have known her and realize her family must be experiencing profound loss. She spoke so lovingly of her husband, her children and grandchildren. I’m sorry I can onlyoffer my deepest sympathy.

  21. Fargo ND
    As a former neighbor, a fellow educator and a recent co-retiree with LouAnn I am so very sorry to hear of this news. I send my most sincere sympathy to the entire Johnson family and Fetzer family.

    Donna (McCabe) Lewis

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