Julie Johnson, 1963-2020

Published 2:49 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2020

On Friday, May 15, 2020, Julie Rae Johnson, loving mother of Mitchell, passed away at the age of 56.

Julie Johnson

Julie was born Aug. 22, 1963, in Waseca to Gale “Pickle” and Sharon (Lysne) Johnson. Graduating from Ellendale-Geneva High School in 1981, Julie pursued her education and found travel, landing her job with MLT Vacations in the Minneapolis area where she was employed for 16 years. She later returned to her southern Minnesota roots with her son, Mitchell, where she worked for Hope Creamery before finding her place at ABG/intellicents.

Julie was an adoring and dedicated mother, proud hockey mom, and a loving daughter, sister, aunt, neighbor and friend. With a talent for crafting and cooking, Julie made many beautiful crocheted afghans and wool mittens to share with family and friends. She scoured many thrift stores to find the wool sweater to upcycle into those warm mittens. Julie treasured her time learning, cooking, baking and lefse-making skills from the best: her mother, Sharon. Her greatest joy and cherished gift, her son, Mitchell, was the light of her life. That proud hockey mom loved her son deeply, relishing the friendships made between the teammates, parents and fellow hockey lovers.

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Left to cherish her memory are her son, Mitchell; mother, Sharon; sisters Jeannie (Jim) Cates, Jackie (Scott) Miller and Jody “Toad” Johnson; nieces Tabatha (Mark) Morfitt, Tyneal (Ryan) Steele and Terin (Matt) Schumann; great-nieces and nephews; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father, Gale “Pickle” Johnson; and her grandparents.

A celebration of life for Julie will be at a later date. Condolences may be left at www.bonnerupfuneralservice.com or cards can be sent in care of the Julie Johnson family to Bonnerup Funeral Service 2210 E. Main St., Albert Lea, MN 56007.