Denise Johnson, 1950-2016

Published 9:00 am Sunday, April 9, 2017

Memorial services for Denise R. Johnson of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m.  Wednesday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. Friends may greet the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences are welcome at

Denise died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016, at her home.

Denise Johnson

Denise Rae Johnson was born Jan. 15, 1950, in Austin, the daughter of Phillip and Doris (Lange) Johnson. She grew up in southern Minnesota and graduated from Alden High School. Denise started working for Mayo Clinic on March 6, 1966, in the photographic lab as a photo processor. She was asked to work on many of the photo and printing machines, where she found her passion for color printing. Denise eventually was able to work in the color printing department at Mayo until she retired on March 1, 2012. She had an incredible love for animals — not only her own pets — but also through her volunteering with Paws & Claws. She enjoyed gardening, nice cars and family get togethers. Denise will be remembered for her kind heart and soul.

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Denise is survived by her sister, Cheryl Gabel; brother, Scott Johnson; nephews Troy (Dareen) Gabel and Robert Gabel; niece, Ranille Johnson; and cousins.

Denise was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents and brother, Randy Johnson.