Mildred Charlotte Anderson Johnson, 92, of Mabel, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel.
She was born March 5, 1922, near Bratsberg, rural Rushford, to Melvin and Catherine (Humble) Anderson.
She attended Bratsberg Schools and later, when the family moved to a farm near Lanesboro, attended the Lanesboro High School in the Class of 1940.
She was baptized at the Highland Prairie Lutheran Church and confirmed at Elstad Lutheran Church in rural Lanesboro.
She was united in marriage to LaVerne Johnson of Mabel on Oct. 5, 1940, at the Elstad Lutheran Church.
She worked as a homemaker, assisted with farm work and was a nursing assistant at Green Lea Manor for 25 years. She served as organist at Elstad, Scheie and Garness Lutheran churches since 1940 and was the pianist for Luther League, LDR, choir, Sunday school and assisted as pianist for various pastors conducting worship services at Green Lea Manor since 1962.
She held various officer positions at Scheie WELCA, Sunday school superintendent and Luther League as well as a LDR advisor. She was a member of “Bits and Pieces Quilt Club” and the former “Mabel Garden Club” and delivered Meals on Wheels. She also taught several Norwegian baking classes through Mabel Community Education.
Her special joys were her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, memories of co-workers at Green Lea Manor and church activities. She had a love of all crafts, quilting, gardening, taking care of flowers, cooking, especially baking, music and the chance of playing with the “Chimes” for a short time.
After marriage, she and her husband lived near Newburg, and then moved to the Tawney area before moving into Mabel in 1985.
She is survived by her two children, LaVaughn (Paul) Vitse of Mabel and Jim (Barb) Johnson of Eau Claire, Wis.; three grandchildren, Cassie (Ben) Brenden, Clay (Beth) Johnson and Camren Johnson; four great-grandchildren, Hailey and Hannah Brenden and Myles and Reed Johnson; sisters-in-law Dagney Anderson, Marian Anderson, Dorothy Anderson, Shirley Ellestad and Irma Johnson and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, LaVerne; son-in-law and grandson, Robert and Todd Johnson; sister, Alice Luella and brothers Orville, Norman and Morris.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 14, at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.