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Mabel Johnson

November 15, 2015

Funeral Services - Saturday

November 21, 2015
- 11:00am

Grace United Methodist Church - Moorhead

Visitation - Saturday

November 21, 2015
9:30am - 11:00am

Grace United Methodist Church - Moorhead


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Mabel Johnson

November 15, 2015


Mabel Katharina Johnson, 88, passed away peacefully, Sunday, November 15, 2015, at Bethany on University.

Mabel Katharina Johnson was born on December 10, 1926, in Fulda, MN, to Emil C. and Katharina “Tena” (Joens) Wagner the tenth of eleven children.   She attended District 120 County School west of Ulen, MN, until 5th grade.   At this point her father died and her mother bought a home in Barnesville, MN, where she finished her schooling, graduating from Barnesville High School in 1946.   She moved to Fargo after graduation and worked at Manchester Biscuit Company until 1950.  She married Paul A. Johnson in 1950 in Barnesville, MN.  In addition to raising her family of four, she was also busy doing babysitting for other families.  Mabel worked in food service at various places in the area, the last being Quality Bakery in Moorhead, retiring in 1993 when the store closed.  She became a Senior Companion in 1996 and stayed very active in the program until 2007.

She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and was active in her church, serving as a delegate for the New Life Center for many years.  She was a member of a Christian Singles Group and enjoyed regular gatherings with her birthday friends.  She was always reading the comic strips—cutting out the ones that reminded her of loved ones in order to send them in cards and letters.  She loved to write letters, staying in touch faithfully with many friends and family.

Survived by her children:  Debra (Steven) Olson, Fargo, ND, Stephen (Bette) Johnson, Waupaca, WI, Craig (Karla) Johnson, Fargo, ND, Kimberly (David) Koop, St. Cloud, MN; 4 grandchildren:  Jason (Katie) Liljestrand, Draper, UT,  Jill Liljestrand, Moorhead, MN, Emily (Will) Washburn, Spanaway, WA,  Nathan (Tess Stoner) Johnson, Cottage Grove, MN; 3 great-grandchildren:  Aidric and Asher Liljestrand, Draper, UT, Mark Washburn, Spanaway, WA, and a new great-grandchild arriving any day, and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her parents; and 6 brothers:  Arnold, Wilber “Bill”, Orville, Edmond, Roy, Leslie; and 4 sisters:  Lydia Schuur, Esther Swearingen, Vivian Wasfaret, and Irene Lammers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Grace United Methodist Church in Moorhead, MN, with a visitation starting at 9:30 a.m. at the church.  Interment at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fargo, ND.




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4 responses to “Mabel Johnson”

  1. Nina Rausch says:

    Debra, thinking of you and your family at this time. It has been a year since our Mother passed away so I am sure our Mothers are once again playing bingo and having good conversations. God bless.
    Nina Rausch

  2. Dawn DeLude says:

    I have fond memories of taking my Mom Dorothy Hegdahl to visit her when we were able to stop and my Mom always shopped for just the right card to send her. She was a wonderful woman and is fondly remembered and will be missed.

  3. Joy Wagner Wilkinson says:

    I sometimes received birthday and Christmas notes from aunt Mabel which always amazed me being one of more than 35 nieces and nephews. She was a special lady and I always enjoyed spending time with her family. I pray for peace and comfort during your time of mourning and pure happiness in all your memories.

  4. wayne, nancy, shirley and mike swearingen says:

    Our sympathies during this time of loss.

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