Gladys Alvina JohnsonGladys Alvina Johnson was born in Biggar, Saskatchewan Canada on August 22, 1915 to Andrew and Nettie Larson.
Gladys Alvina Johnson was born in Biggar, Saskatchewan Canada on August 22, 1915 to Andrew and Nettie Larson. They moved to a farm northwest of Badger when Gladys was 2 years old. Nettie passed away in 1918 leaving 4 young children behind. Andrew married Clara Ode in 1919 and she helped Andrew raise his young children. They were members of Roselund Church where Gladys was both baptized and confirmed in her Lutheran faith. She attended country school and graduated from Badger High School in 1933. She also attended teacher training in Warroad with Ms. McBroom and taught at the country schools.
On April 6, 1935 she married Willie A. Johnson in Thief River Falls, MN., they lived on a farm south of Badger and later moved to Roseau where they raised their 5 children.
Gladys was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend. She touched the lives of everyone she knew and met. She was a wonderful homemaker and also worked outside the home. She worked at Anthony's and JC Penney clothing stores and later was employed by Polaris Industries. She loved her work and loved helping everyone that she knew.
She traveled to Florida, Alabama and Washington to see her children and grandchildren, but her four favorite trips were to Norway to see her father's birthplace and visit with her Norwegian relatives. She had wonderful memories of Bergen, Norway and her many visits left a special place in the hearts of her Norwegian relatives and friends.
Gladys was a member of Moe Lutheran church and was always willing to serve in any way that was needed. Her paper-thin lefse, oatmeal raisin cookies, sugar cookies, and buttermilk brownies will be remembered by all who were lucky enough to sample them. She especially loved making quilts, knitting slippers, and crocheting afghans. She enjoyed giving them away to friends and family, as much as she did making them.
Gladys loved spending time with her family, attending programs, concerts, and sporting events and spent a lot of time at the hockey rink where her special barbeque recipe is still being served.
Gladys was loved by so many and will be deeply missed. The legacy and values Gladys left in us will live on forever.
Survivors include her children: Warren (Hazel) Johnson of Mobile, Alabama, Barbara (Darrel) Erickson of Roseau, Gary (Jane) Johnson of Mound, MN, Linda (Douglas) Hedlund of Roseau, MN; and her daughter-in-law LuAnn (Randy) Holwell of Roseau. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great granddaughters. She is also survived by her nieces Marlys Stachofsky, Stanwood, WA, Janet Larson, Puyallop, WA. and one nephew, Richard Bjerk of Edgewood, WA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Willie in 1993, her son Lowell in 2001, one brother, George, two sisters, Lillian Bjerk and Hilda Luhman and one nephew, Arden Bjerk.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 21st at 11 AM at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau.
Visitation will be on Sunday from 5-7 with a 7:00 prayer service at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau.
Interment will be at the Moe-Rose Cemetery.
Online guest book at: www.helgesonfuneralhome.com
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