Marilyn Elizabeth (Lewis) Johnson, at the age of 90, was called to Heaven by her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Samaritan Bethany on Eighth where she had resided for the last three years.

Marilyn was born May 2, 1923, in Chatfield. Her parents were Henry and Florence (Ahneman) Lewis. Marilyn grew up in southeastern Minnesota and lived with her maternal grandmother in Pine Island after her family moved to Minneapolis.

On Sept. 12, 1941, Marilyn and Gilman H. Johnson where united in marriage at a small ceremony on the Johnson family farm in rural Wanamingo. They resided there until Gilman joined the Navy then they moved to Seattle, Wash., and finally Norfolk, Va., before separating from the service.

They returned to the family farm in 1946 and ultimately moved to Pine Island where Gil found employment as a mechanic with the local Chevrolet dealership. In 1953, Marilyn and her family moved to Zumbro Falls where she worked as a homemaker, a babysitter and a sales clerk at Dayton's in Rochester.

In 1962, they moved to Rochester where they resided until June 1964. Then they moved to the Chicago area where Gil found work with Volkswagen of America, and Marilyn worked as a sales clerk in a department store in Wheeling, Ill.

Upon returning to southeastern Minnesota in 1966, they resided in a number of communities, including LaMoille, Lake Sakata, Mazeppa, Zumbro Falls and Lake City. Marilyn, always capable, found work in a La Crosse hospital as a floor secretary and her last position was at Rochester's Crenlo Corporation in the HR department as a secretary and HR Interviewer. She retired in 1991 and found joy in the pursuit of her favorite pastime, collecting anything that caught her interest by attending auctions and garage sales.

Gilman, the love of her life, passed away in 1992. Marilyn returned to Rochester in 2004 living independently until her ill health required nursing care.

She is survived by her son, Lance (Nancy), of Rochester; four grandchildren, Mark (Melissa) Johnson, of Grinnell, Iowa, Thor (Danice) Johnson, of Dunkerton, Iowa, Kristin (Ryan) Woytassek, of Jordan, and Reid (Sarah) Johnson, of St. Paul; six great-grandchildren, Tyler and Jackie Johnson, of Grinnell, Iowa; Hannah and Zack Johnson, of Dunkerton, Iowa, and Victoria and Raina Woytassek, of Jordan; and two brothers, Henry (Jan) Lewis Jr., of Mora, and Carlton (Carol) Lewis, of Manitowac, Wis.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gilman; her oldest son, Gary; and siblings, Jean Rice and Donna Sill.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Aug. 26, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Mazeppa, with the Rev. Allen Horn officiating. Burial was in Zumbro Falls Cemetery.

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Services were handled by Mahn Family Funeral Home, Anderson-Peterson Chapel, Lake City.