Margaret E. Johnson, 91, of Clarkfield, passed away on Monday, April 8, 2013 at the Clarkfield Care Center.
Funeral Services were held on Saturday, April 13 at Augustana Lutheran Church in Clarkfield, officiated by Pastor David Wall and Pastor Saul Stensvaag, with burial at Fridham Cemetery in Tyro Township, Yellow Medicine County.
Margaret was born December 10, 1921 in Albert Lea, as the oldest of four children born to Mabel (Doerr) and Ralston Connor. She was baptized and confirmed at First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea and graduated from Albert Lea High School. She went to Winona State Teacher’s College (now known as Winona State University) and was certified to teach kindergarten and elementary grades 1-6. Margaret found her greatest joy in teaching children. She became a passionate advocate for early childhood education.
She began her teaching career in Lewiston and after two years she transferred to Alden Public Schools where she met her future husband, David Johnson. They were married on September 19, 1948 at First Presbyterian Church in Albert Lea. In 1955 they moved to Clarkfield, and soon after that the young family joined Augustana Lutheran Church.
It was always clear to her family members that Margaret had a strong faith. She began her day with private devotions. In her room at the Care Center she had two or three devotional booklets that she read every day. She was very active in the church, participating in Women’s Auxiliary, Bible studies and teaching Sunday School.
Margaret had a lifelong love of education and learning. She worked for many years as a substitute teacher for Clarkfield schools. In her later years, she worked as a tutor for math and reading in the schools. All 6 of her children graduated from Clarkfield High School. Margaret loved cooking and baking, especially for her family. She was an adventurous and creative cook, always tearing out new recipes from magazines so she could try them out. Margaret loved meeting new people as well as spending time with friends. She was genuinely interested in the people she met, and always found out much about them. She loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, with whom she enjoyed playing board and card games. She loved spending time at the family place on Big Chippewa near Brandon.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, David; her brother, Jack Connor; and her sisters, Kathryn Byrge and Carol Hovda.
She is survived by her four sons: Kent (Sharon) of Maple Grove, Paul (Lisa) of St. Louis, MO, Charles (Karla) of Arcadia, WI, Robert (Kim) of St. Cloud; two daughters: Mary Kay (Saul) Stensvaag, of Fergus Falls, and Sara (Marc) Illies, of Alexandria. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren.
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