Mabel Johnson, 1915-2016

Published 10:23 am Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A memorial service for Mabel S. Johnson will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. The Revs. John Holt and Kent Otterman will officiate. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery.

Mabel passed away Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea. She was 101.

Mabel Johnson

Mabel Johnson

Mabel S. (Honstad) was born on Jan. 5, 1915, to Lars and Mary (Ranes) Honstad in Rake, Iowa. She attended and graduated from Rake High School in 1933. On Jan. 5, 1942, she was united in marriage to Reiner J. Johnson in Lake Crystal. To this union, three children were born.  Mabel was an active member at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. She was also a proud member of the Degree of Honor.

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Mabel worked in the materials management department for Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea from 1959 to 1987. She also was a clerk at the grocery store in Rake and worked as a clerk at Woolworths in Albert Lea for a few years. Aside from work, Mabel enjoyed to embroider and entertain family and friends. She enjoyed sharing stories and conversation with friends and family over a hot cup of coffee. She frequently traveled to Texas with her golden girls. Most importantly, she loved her family above all else. She cherished every moment she had with her entire family.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reiner; son-in-law, Arthur Lombard; grandsons Scott and Timothy; and siblings Selmer Honstad, Sam (Rosie) Honstad, Otis (Erma) Honstad, Luella (Eldon) Peter, Marian (Kenny) Odson, Rhoda (Lloyd) Thompson, Lydia (Harlan) Helleksen and Gertrude (Bill) Murra.

Those left to carry on her legacy include her children Sharon Lombard of Albert Lea, Gary (Renee) Johnson of Clarks Grove and Ronald Johnson of Albert Lea; close family friend, Bev Torgerson; grandchildren Dawn (David) Barnick, Brad (Jena) Lombard, Lisa Reuter, Kari Lombard, Jenny (Dana) Thompson and Cindy (Ryan) Thompson; great-grandchildren Ashley, Sarah, Brendan, Bryce, Jillian, Daniel, Patrick, Rachel, Brady, Dylan, Nick, Molly, Courtney, Madison, Logan, Nichele, Tyler and Savannah; great-great-granddaughter, Aubree; as well as many other loving relatives and friends.

Per Mabel’s wishes, memorials are preferred to Peace and Power.

Mabel’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Good Samaritan for their exceptional and wonderful care.