Johannah Vreeman
Johannah Vreeman
Johannah Vreeman, 87, of Cherry Grove, died Saturday afternoon, March 24, 2012, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

Johannah was born Jan. 13, 1925, at the family home in Forestville Township, Fillmore County, Minn., the daughter of Charley and Hannah (De Poppe) Hamersma.

During her youth she worked at the Forestville store doing odd jobs for her brother and the Meighens. She attended country school and was a 1943 graduate of Wykoff High School.

She married Kenneth Vreeman Aug. 4, 1943, in Cherry Grove. The couple made their home in the Cherry Grove area where she was a homemaker and worked at a number of area businesses, most recently at Don's Family Market in Spring Valley. Kenneth died Nov. 1, 2003.

Johannah was a member of the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church and was active in their UMW, taught Sunday school and was the Sunday school superintendent. She helped organize the Cherry Grove Fourth of July parade, was a member of the Cherry Grove Cemetery Board and was a water monitor for the Root River Watershed.

She enjoyed her family, fishing, playing 500, softball, watching the Vikings, gardening, playing the guitar and banjo, going down to the creek on her gator and picking blackcaps for making jam.

She is survived by one son, Konnie (Paula) Vreeman of Fountain; two daughters, JoAnn (Chuck) Forland of Spring Valley and Kim (Jim) Amdahl of Flandreau, S.D.; nine grandchildren, Brenda Klingsporn, Kris, Mat and Mandy Vreeman, Ryan and Reid Forland, Kirstin Dyreson and Cody and Chase Amdahl; 13 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Sue Hamersma of Austin.

She was preceded in death by her husband, five brothers and one sister.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m., today (Wednesday) at the Cherry Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Rader officiating. Burial will be in the Cherry Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Thauwald Funeral Home in Spring Valley and an hour before services at the church on Wednesday.