FERN E. JOHNSON
Fern E. (Mrs. Walter) Johnson, age 98, of Faribault, died on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the Kenyon Sunset Home.
Memorial services will be held at the Fourth Avenue United Methodist Church, Faribault on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. with the Reverend David E. Brown, officiating. Interment will be held in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis.
A memorial visitation will be held at the church for one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.
Fern E., the daughter of William T. and Ada (Fiers) Clint was born on July 6, 1911 in East Grand Forks. She married Gordon Trythall in 1930 and were later divorced in 1938. She married Walter B. Johnson on April 30, 1939 in Sisseton, SD. He preceded her in death on February 5, 1997. Fern and Walter lived in St. Paul where they raised their daughter, Barbara. Fern was a tailor by trade. They retired and moved to Newhall, CA, where Fern was active in shuffleboard. They then moved to Sun City, AZ, where she was active in shuffleboard, card clubs, swimming at the recreation center, and riding around in their golf cart. In 1995, they moved to Faribault to be closer to their family. She enjoyed knitting, playing Skip-Bo, Rummy Cube, dancing, playing the organ, going to the senior center for lunch. Fern was a long time member of the Eastern Star. She made many friends, and was a very witty lady. Fern started driving when she was 16 and she drove until she was 90 without an accident. She was known to her daughter as her "Eveready Bunny Mama".
She is survived by one daughter, Barbara "Bobbi" (and David) Hooks of Faribault; three grandchildren, Tamara Hooks, Michele (and Jerry) Broderick and Bryan (and Elicia) Hooks; 12 great grandchildren, Daniel, Christopher, Justin, Brittany, Lucas and Kiley Broderick, Taylor Hooks Witter, Erica Sorenson, Rachelle, Jadyn and Bryan Hooks, Jr., and Bailee Johnson; nieces; nephews; and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; and one sister, Lois Dablow; her parents; and one grandson, David Walter Hooks.
I always think of the song "Alley Cat" in connection to my Great Aunt Fern, I think she must have played it when I was there and it made a forever impression on me. She was a great cook and hostess and full of fun. I have many childhood memories of being at her home, and was able to return the favor once when she, Barb and Dave made a trip out to visit. How wonderful that she was with her immediate family for so many good years. She will be sorely missed by so many.
I was so thankful that my mom had Fern as her friend during her stay at Deaconess Towers in Faribault. My mom, Donna Wrolstad, was already living at Deaconess when Fern moved in and it didn't take long for them to become good friends. Fern brought out the humor in my mom that we hadn't seen for several years. They loved to joke around and laugh and make us laugh right along with them. I will never forget the time that my sister and I had come to take our mom out for the day. My mom and Fern were sitting in the lobby chatting and when we were walking out the door with our mom I turned back and saw Fern watching us leave. I asked her if she would like to join us and she popped up out of that chair so fast and headed for the door that I thought she was going to run us over. She loved to go with us when we would take our mom out and we loved having her along, she was such a blessing. Those two ladies had such fun togther and would make us laugh. They both loved Dairy Queen too and we never passed one up with those two along. I'm so sad that Fern has left us here on Earth. I miss my mom terribly, but it makes me happy when I think about the two of them together again filling heavens halls with their laughter, playing the organ, and dancing.
My family met Fern when she was in Deaconess Towers with our Mom. She fastly became our Mom's best friend. When I would take my Mom out I would sometimes take Fern too. Those two ladies together used to make me laugh so, they were a barrel of fun. Our fondest moment is when my sister and I took the ladies out to dinner and then to view the Christmas lights in Faribault. We could have gone down the same block all night and they would've been happy. They were both in high spirits and so filled with joy that it put us all in the Holiday spirit for sure. After our Mom passed in 2007 we tried finding Fern so we could visit her but were unable too. Please know Fern we never forgot you or how happy you made our Mom while she was with you. Thank you for the laughs and the hugs, you were a special lady indeed. R.I.P. Fernadette JoEllen, Cindy, Jon and Laurie Wrolstad
I have very fond memories of my aunt Fern. My earliest recollection was of visiting the Johnsonís in North St. Paul. Across the street from their house, the last one high on a hill at the end of the road, was an open field where Bobbi, my sister Sandy, and I would gather wild blackberries. During our visits in summer Fern would have Walt and my dad, Rip, set up the dinner table in the basement to escape the heat. Fern and her sister, Lois, would make a great picnic feast and I would always save room for the dessert we had just picked, free for the taking. Those blackberries were powerfully sweet and I remember them to this day. I always enjoyed our visits with the Johnsonís. Fern was forever full of fun. I had wonderful times with them throughout their lives from St. Paul to California and Arizona. While living in St. Paul, Fern welcomed my new wife, Diane, to the family with open arms and Diane too has fond memories of Fern. She and I visited Fern and Walt several times in California and Arizona. Wonderful memories. And I am glad she was my aunt.