Margaret L. Johnson, age 96, of Ortonville, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Ortonville Area Hospital.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Artichoke Baptist Church in Correll, MN, with Rev. Tom Swartley officiating. Burial will follow in the Artichoke Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Saturday.
Casket bearers include Margaret’s grandchildren: Tonya, Bruce, Aaron, Josh, Roy, Ryan, and Ben.
Margaret Louise Johnson was born on August 2, 1920, in Ideal Township, Crow Wing County, MN, to Charlie and Ella (Hallenborg) Ostlund. She attended school in Brainerd and Pequot Lakes, where she graduated from High School. At the age of 13, after her father’s passing, Margaret began working in order to help her family. After high school, she worked as a maid, housekeeper, and assisted in the care of the doctor’s aging mother and wife.
On October 2, 1953, Margaret was united in marriage with Forrest Johnson at Cross Lake Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with two children. At this time, Margaret no longer worked outside the home. Instead she devoted her time to being a dedicated wife and great mother. Family was most important to Margaret and she adored spending time with them. She left a legacy of faith.
Margaret was a very generous woman and will be remembered for her caring and giving nature. She loved to garden flowers and vegetables, canning and freezing her harvest. Margaret also had talent with crocheting and knitting and she enjoyed gifting each family member with a knitted afghan. She enjoyed collecting stamps, reading, and in her younger years, deer hunting with her family.
Margaret was an active member of Artichoke Baptist Church in Correll, where she assisted with various church activities and taught Sunday School. She was a member of the Homemakers Club and volunteered at Northridge Residence in Ortonville.
Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Forrest (Robin) Johnson of Correll, MN, and Mary (Doug) Zahn of Ortonville, MN; seven grandchildren: Tonya (Vadim) Novitskiy, Bruce Zahn, Aaron (Wendy) Zahn, Joshua (Samantha) Zahn, Roy (Kristina) Johnson, Ryan (Bethany) Johnson, and Benjamin (Courtney) Johnson; eight great-grandchildren (with a ninth due in December): Sophia Novitskiy, Isaac Beaudine, Naomi Zahn, Hunter Zahn, Ellie Zahn, Lillian Novitskiy, Lucas Zahn, and Lydia Rose Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Forrest Johnson on August 16, 1983; two brothers; and unborn great-grandchildren.