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Margaret Johnson

August 2, 1920 — August 24, 2016

Margaret L. Johnson, age 96, of Ortonville, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at the Ortonville Area Hospital.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at Artichoke Baptist Church (12 miles North of Correll) in Big Stone County, MN, with Rev. Tom Swartley officiating. Burial will follow in the Artichoke Baptist Cemetery. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the time of service at the church on Saturday.

Casket bearers include Margaret's grandchildren: Tonya, Bruce, Aaron, Josh, Roy, Ryan, and Ben.

Margaret Louise Johnson was born on August 2, 1920, in Ideal Township, Crow Wing County, MN, to Charlie and Ella (Hallenborg) Ostlund. She attended Cross Lake Country School, high school in Brainerd, and graduated from Pequot Lakes High School. She was 11 when her father passed away and at age 13 Margaret began working at Bonnie Lakes Farm in order to help her family. After graduation, she worked for Dr. and Mrs. Badeaux as a maid, housekeeper, and assisted in the care of the doctor's aging mother and ill wife, until she and Forrest were married.

On October 2, 1953, Margaret was united in marriage with Forrest Johnson at Cross Lake Lutheran Church. This union was blessed with two children. At this time, Margaret no longer worked outside the home. Instead she devoted her time to being a dedicated wife and helpmate on the farm and a great mother. Family was most important to Margaret and she adored spending time with them. She left a legacy of faith.

Margaret was a very generous woman and will be remembered for her caring and giving nature. She loved to garden flowers and vegetables, canning and freezing her harvest. Margaret also had talent with crocheting and knitting and she enjoyed gifting each family member with a knitted afghan. She enjoyed collecting stamps, reading, and walking along with her family as they hunted deer.

Margaret accepted Christ as her Savior and was an active member of Artichoke Baptist Church in Correll, where she assisted with various church activities and taught Sunday School. Margaret also helped cook at Big Stone Camp For Christ for many years. She was a member of the Homemakers Club and volunteered at Northridge Residence in Ortonville.

Grateful for having shared her life are her children: Forrest (Robin) Johnson of Correll, MN, and Mary (Doug) Zahn of Ortonville, MN; seven grandchildren: Tonya (Vadim) Novitskiy, Bruce Zahn, Aaron (Wendy) Zahn, Joshua (Samantha) Zahn, Roy (Kristina) Johnson, Ryan (Bethany) Johnson, and Benjamin (Courtney) Johnson; eight great-grandchildren (with a ninth due in December): Sophia Novitskiy, Isaac Beaudine, Naomi Zahn, Hunter Zahn, Ellie Zahn, Lillian Novitskiy, Lucas Zahn, and Lydia Rose Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Forrest Johnson on August 16, 1983; two brothers; and unborn great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Big Stone Camp For Christ are appreciated.


Artichoke Baptist Church

Big Stone County, MN 56227

Saturday, September 3, 2016
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM


Artichoke Baptist Church
1003 East 4th Avenue
Milbank, SD 57252

Saturday, September 3, 2016
11:00 AM


Artichoke Baptist Cemetery

Big Stone County, MN

Saturday, September 3, 2016
12:00 PM


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