Obituary for Geraldine “Gerry” Johnson

Geraldine Johnson, age 86 of Northfield, passed away with her family by her side on Monday afternoon, May 20, 2019, at the Three Links Care Center. Geraldine Ann Tille Johnson was born February 27, 1933, in Northfield, Minnesota, to Theodore and Marie (Heim) Tille. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, attended Rosary School and graduated from Northfield High School in 1951. Gerry’s dad owned the cab company in Northfield and she spent Saturday mornings helping out at the cab company and cleaning her aunt and uncle’s apartment upstairs. While roller skating at the Armory, Gerry met […]

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Geraldine Johnson, age 86 of Northfield, passed away with her family by her side on Monday afternoon, May 20, 2019, at the Three Links Care Center.

Geraldine Ann Tille Johnson was born February 27, 1933, in Northfield, Minnesota, to Theodore and Marie (Heim) Tille. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, attended Rosary School and graduated from Northfield High School in 1951. Gerry’s dad owned the cab company in Northfield and she spent Saturday mornings helping out at the cab company and cleaning her aunt and uncle’s apartment upstairs.

While roller skating at the Armory, Gerry met Ray Johnson. The two dated for a few years until marrying on June 22, 1954, at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church in Northfield. After marriage they rented a farm in the Sogn Valley for three years, before moving in with Gerry’s parents on 7th Street in Northfield. They lived in Dennison, in a house on 9th Street, in a house on Woodley Street, at the apartments on Ensley Avenue, until buying their townhome on Presidential Drive in 2005.

Gerry and Ray owned and operated Cannon Valley Water in Dundas where she was the bookkeeper. She was a lifelong member of St. Dominic’s Catholic Church and was active with Resurrection Choir and KC Auxiliary. Gerry and Ray owned a camper and enjoyed regular trips to Alexandria, Cannon Falls, Pequot Lakes, and traveled as far as Sheridan, Wyoming. She was a good cook, especially for Mom’s pumpkin pie (the secret is the right pumpkin), and meatloaf.

Survivors include her children, Barb (Lenny) Moore of Northfield; JoAnn (Larry) Edwardsen of Northfield; Kenny (Diana Underdahl) of Northfield; John (Pam Roberts) of Northfield; David (Colleen) of Sartell; Chaz of Farmington; and Douglas (Sally) of Skofield, WI; 17 grandchildren: 17 great-grandchildren; her sister, Dorothy (Andy) DeVine of Colorado; her brothers-in-law, Don Graff of Northfield, Gale Truax of Hoyt Lakes, Clarence Jr. (Marion) of Hampton; Don (Marion) of Northfield; Dick of Northfield; Gene of Coates; and Larry (Karen) of Nelson, WI; her sisters-in-law, Karen Gudim of Apple Valley, Kathy Spartz of Northfield, Dorothy Johnson of Northfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband Ray on April 14, 2017, an infant son, her sister Ginny Graff and her parents.

Mass of Christina Burial will be 10:30AM, Saturday, May 25, 2019, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield. Visitation will be 2:00 – 6:00PM, Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home and at the church on Saturday beginning at 9:30AM. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Northfield. Pallbearers will be Brian Edwardsen, Chad Johnson, Dustin Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Bryce Johnson, Spencer Johnson and Luke Johnson.

Memorials are preferred to St. Dominic School, St. Dominic Church or Three Links Care Center.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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Funeral

May 25, 2019 - 10:30 AM


Visitation One Hour Before Service
Church of St. Dominic - Northfield
104 Linden St N Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Visitation

May 24, 2019 - 2:00 AM - 6:00PM

Benson & Langehough Funeral Home
201 East 4th Street Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

Burial

Burial: May 25, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Calvary Cemetery
Calvary Cemetery Northfield, 55057 Get Directions

3 Comments

  1. Annie Mieska Docken

    A beautiful lady, always with a smile! She was part of the village that raised me. Loved all the years of visits with this family. She will be missed. (what a gorgeous photo of her you chose!)

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  2. Patrick J Heim

    Growing up, I always enjoined seeing cousins “Ray & Gerry”. Gerry was engaging with me and my siblings, always a warm heart and friendly – like her mother Marie. My wife Tracy and I extend our condolences to Gerry’s family during this time.

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  3. Joyce Moore

    Family of Gerry, Sorry for your loss. Thought and Prayers to you all .
    Blessings, Joyce & Dick Moore

    Reply

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