FOLEY -- Nancy Johnson, 62, formerly of Staples, died at her home in Foley on Monday, May 10, 2004. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 13, at 2 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Staples with the Rev. Stephen Sveom officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Staples. Arrangements entrusted to Brenny Funeral Home of Staples.
Nancy Ann Loven was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Minneapolis to Marvin and Irene (Greene) Loven. She grew up in the metro area and worked as a licensed practical nurse after completing her education. She was united in marriage to Sidney Johnson in December of 1961, in Minneapolis. The family moved to Staples where Sid taught at Staples Vo-Tech. Nancy was a devoted mother and homemaker while her children were at home. She enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening. She was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church. As her family grew up, she began working as a day-care provider at Staples Vo-Tech. Just before the accident that was to change her life, Nancy had achieved teacher certification. In 1990 Nancy sustained irreversible injuries in an auto accident and subsequently spent time in hospitals, rehab units, nursing homes and assisted care facilities. Despite these challenges she continued to be a loving mother and a faithful Christian.
Nancy will be missed by her children, Steven (Janice) Johnson of McMinnville, Ore., Sheila (Greg) Gustafson of Harvey, La., Tresa Courchaine of Salem, Ore., and April (Dale) Leeb of Sauk Rapids; her siblings, Karen Engelking, of Minneapolis, and Thom Loven, of Springfield, Mo., and 13 grandchildren. Her parents and an infant son, Todd, preceded Nancy in death.
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