Karen L. Johnson
Karen Lamb Johnson, age 73, of Faribault died on Friday, November 28, 2008.
Services will be held on Friday, December 5, 2008 at 3 p.m. in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.
Visitation will be in the funeral home for one hour prior to the services.
Karen, the daughter of Delmar and Gladys (Nelson) Lamb was born on December 20, 1934 in St. Peter. Karen graduated from St. Louis Park High School in 1952. She earned a bachelors degree from Macalester College and a Masters degree from the University of Minnesota. Karen taught kindergarten and third grade in St. Louis Park. She specialized in reading education and taught remedial reading in Minnetonka. Karen became reading director in North St. Paul, Maplewood, Oakdale School District #622. In 1975 Karen became Director of Curriculum and Evaluation, in all subjects K-12.
Karen was active in professional organizations and served terms as president of MN Academy of Reading (MAR), MN Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD), Minnetonka Teacher Association (MTA), Twin Cities Area Reading Council (TCARC), and the Sigma Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society as well as participating in many others.
She is survived by two step children, Krista (and Steve) Windisch, Kraig (and Kristi) Thompson; five grandchildren, Ryan, Alan, Kevin, Riley and Meghan; two nieces, Shelley Goettl and Sharyl Murphy; one nephew, Kevin (and Teri) Murphy; grandnieces and grandnephews, Tim (and Missi), Chris (and Jenny), Jerry, Kelly and Samantha.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Patty Lamb Murphy Martin; and her former husband, Ronald Johnson.
I met Karen through the Peace Group that has been standing in vigil for peace in front of the Faribault Courthouse every Saturday since March 8, 2003. Karen was part of the group that organized the vigil, and was there pretty much every Saturday. She was such an inspiration. She would show up with her cane, then her walker, even in ice and snow. She was intelligent, indomitable, loving and fun. In every context in which I saw her, she was an inspiring role model.
We are identical twins who were in Miss Lamb's kindergarten class in 1955. One of our favorite kindergarten memories was the day we made butter from cream by passing a mason jar filled with whipping cream around a circle and each child took a turn shaking the jar. The butter that we spread on graham crackers that day was the best we have ever tasted. Sally was lucky enough to have her for a teacher a second time as Miss Lamb was also her third grade teacher. We have always remembered her with great affection. She was a very special lady. Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Sally Andresen Booth and Judi Andresen Jarnberg
I knew Karen only casually, but because our paths crossed a few times while volunteering for the Minnesota Democrat Farmer Labor Party, we shared basic human values and the desire to make Minnesota and America a better, fairer and more open State and Nation. I remember a smart and friendly lady and loving grandmother who proudly wore her Patti Fritz button and showed photos of her grandkids. Our condolences and prayers are with her family who, I have no doubt, miss her terribly. Those of us who only met her in passing, at precinct caucuses, at a phone bank or the DFL booth in the Rice County Fair, or at the County Unit Convention will also miss her, her commitment and inspiration.
Karen made we laugh often. Her sense of humor and generosity glowed from her whole being. Karen's dedication to her job and to the field of reading makes her stand out as one of the "greats" in reading education in Minnesota. Gretchen Starks-Martin former President, Minnesota Reading Association