RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. - Harriet Theoline Johnson, age 93, of Richland Center, Wis., formerly of Deerwood, Minn., passed into the arms of her Lord Dec. 7, 2007, at the Richland Center Hospital. She was born Feb. 21, 1914, in Minneapolis to Harrison and Theoline (Torbenson) Nixon. She married her sweetheart, Richard Wilhelm Johnson, on Sept. 2, 1939, in Minneapolis. They enjoyed 58 wonderful years together in Minneapolis and 31 years on their treasured Crooked Lake. Her daughter and family were blessed to have her move to Wisconsin in 2002.
During WWII, Harriet worked for Strutwear in Minneapolis. She became a stay-at-home Mom until her daughter entered junior high school. She worked as a jewelry consultant and later a buyer for J.C. Penney in Minneapolis. Her dream job started as a lighting consultant with Sterling Electric in Minneapolis until her retirement in 1977. She was a member of her beloved Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood and a member of the Bay Lake Area Lions Club. She is survived by a son, Gary (Carol) Johnson; grandchildren, David and Brian Johnson, of Minneapolis; a daughter, Susan (Clay) Dean, of Blue River, Wis., with grandchildren, Sarah, Clay and Collin Dean; special niece, Nancy (Jim) Wedemeyer, of Minneapolis; nephew, Neil (Judy) Johnson, of Maryland; niece, Ardie (Bill) Beeler, of Nevada; niece, Lonna Radzom, of Chanhassen, Minn.; great-nephew, Scott (Alana) Radzom, of Andover, Minn.; great-niece, Amy (Chris) Paape, of Stacy, Minn.; great-niece, Jessie (Jon) Volling, of Chaska, Minn.; many great-great-nieces and nephews; and sweet, dear Buzz.
Mom's easy conversation and personality with sunny smile no matter what, will be kept in the hearts of her family and many, many friends that she touched.
A celebration of Harriet's life will be Saturday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Deerwood. Koop Funeral Home has graciously assisted the family with Mom's wishes.
"God made a wonderful mother,
A mother who never grows old:
He made her smile of the sunshine,
And he molded her heart of pure gold;
In her eyes He placed bright shining stars,
In her cheeks, fair roses you see;
God made a wonderful mother,
And He gave that dear mother to me."
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