Sandra "Sandie" Johnson

Sandie passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, surrounded by her loving family, at the age of 70. Sandra M. Ydstie was born on March 11, 1949, the daughter of Harlum and Eunice (Hage) Ydstie, in Fargo, ND. She grew up in Hillsboro where she received her education, graduating from Hillsboro High School in 1967. She later attended Interstate Business College in Fargo. Sandie was united in marriage to Mark O. Johnson on June 15, 1968 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. They made their home in Hillsboro, where they raised their 3 children. Mark and Sandie worked side by side at NAPA until Mark semi-retired in 2006 and then relocated to their summer home in Battle Lake, MN. Sandie enjoyed cooking, baking, and gardening. She spent numerous hours volunteering at Battle Lake Good Samaritan Center. Sandie was known as the book lady. Sandie was a member of Eldorado Willing Workers Homemaker’s Club, Battle Lake Good Samaritan Auxiliary, and Zion Lutheran Church of Amor, MN. Most of all, Sandie was a mother before anything else. Her greatest blessings were her children and grandchildren and she cherished the time spent with them. She was proud of each and every one of them and enjoyed going to their activities. She also loved spending time with family and friends. Sandie is survived by her children – Angie (Charles) Olson of Battle Lake, MN; Chris (Jennifer) Johnson of Hillsboro, ND; Amy (Jim) Olson of West Fargo, ND; her grandchildren – Ashley (Kyle) Thompson, Dustin Olson, Karlee Johnson, Kaylie Olson, Abbigail Olson, Maddison Olson, and Brooklyn Olson. Also surviving are her siblings – Pam (Roy) Gensrich of Northwood, ND; Cindy (Mike) Eperjesi of Gillette, WY; and Sue (Mike) Loverude of Enid, OK; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark in 2011; and her parents. VISITATION: 5-7 PM Monday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro PRAYER SERVICE: 7 PM Monday at the church FUNERAL SERVICE: 11 AM Tuesday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Hillsboro BURIAL: Riverside Cemetery in Hillsboro

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  1. Chris, Jen and Karlee & families,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you in the loss of your mother and grandmother. May her memory be blessed!

    Darrel and Julie MILLER and family

  2. Our condolences to the family. Sandie always had a smile and was happy to see you any time we would meet. May she walk with the angels and be your guardian angel.RIP.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Your Mom loved you all very much. God Bless you all and know she is with Your Dad.

  4. Angie, Chris, Amy & families,
    So sorry to hear about your mother passing away, also condolences to Pam in the loss of her sister.
    You all are in my thoughts & prayers.
    I will not be able to attend the funeral because I am in AZ for the winter.

  5. Know that our hearts and our prayers are with you in your grief.
    We are so sorry for your loss and hope the memories you have and share with each other, are filled with joy in remembering her. Her life will be missed by all who knew her in this community

    Don Lawrence

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this time. She was such a lovely lady and will be deeply missed!

  7. Sandy and the Ydstie cousins use to play kickball during the family reunions each summer. It was a fun time for the cousins to interact. This was a game we played in our teens some times at Sandy’s home place.

    Betty and I wish you our sympathies as you grieve Sandy’s passing.

  8. We go by Sandie’s place each morning on our walk and think of her – she was a great neighbor, so friendly and fun to talk with. Thinking of your family and sending comfort to each of you.

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