OBITUARY

Donna M. Johnson Hershey

October 20, 1924April 9, 2018
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Johnson-Hershey, Donna Marie (Hamm) Age 93 of Blaine, formerly of Alexandria and Bagley, passed peacefully with her children at her side on 4/9/2018.

Preceded in death by her Daughter, Patricia Louise at age 5; Husbands, Ronald W. Johnson and George Hershey; Parents, Russell and Reka Hamm; Sister, Marjorie.

Survived by Children, Ronald Johnson, Michael (Carolyn) Johnson, Carolyn (Andrew) Bollin, Jerilyn Johnson, Bonnie (Jan) Darveaux, Cheryl (Timothy) Oehlert, and Mark (Nancy) Johnson; 23 Grandchildren; 30 Great-grandchildren; 10 Great-great-grandchildren; Brother, Dwayne Hamm; Loving Relatives and Friends.

Donna was an incredible seamstress and created over 700 hand-crafted quilts which have been enjoyed around the world. She loved nature, flowers, butterflies and animals; particularly her cats, Sweet Pea, Cutie Pie, Shadow & Chubby.

~Funeral Service~ 4:00 PM, Thursday, April 12, 2018 with visitation from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM at Gearhart Funeral Home, 11275 Foley Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota

~Interment~ 10:15 AM, Friday, April 13, 2018 Fort Snelling National Cemetery Assembly Lane #6

  • FAMILY

  • Preceded in death by her Daughter, Patricia Louise at age 5; Husbands, Ronald W. Johnson and George Hershey; Parents, Russell and Reka Hamm; Sister, Marjorie.

    Survived by Children, Ronald Johnson, Michael (Carolyn) Johnson, Carolyn (Andrew) Bollin, Jerilyn Johnson, Bonnie (Jan) Darveaux, Cheryl (Timothy) Oehlert, and Mark (Nancy) Johnson; 23 Grandchildren; 30 Great-grandchildren; 10 Great-great-grandchildren; Brother, Dwayne Hamm; Loving Relatives and Friends

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 12, 2018
REMEMBERING

Donna M. Johnson Hershey

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Bonnie Darveaux

May 2, 2018

💔 Farewell Dear Momma 💔
Somewhere in my heart beneath all my grief and pain,
Is a smile I still wear at the sound of your dear sweet name-
The precious word is Momma, she was my world you see,
But now my heart is breaking because she's no longer here with me!
God chose her for his Angel to watch over me from above,
To guide me and advise me and know that I'm still loved.
The day she had to leave me when her life on Earth was through,
God must have had better plans for her for this I surely knew!
When I think of her kind heart and all those loving years,
My memories surround me and I can't hold back the tears.
She truly was my best friend and always someone I could confide in;
She always had a Tender Touch and a warm and gentle grin!
The sound of her sweet laughter always put a smile on my face,
And I was so grateful to know she was finally in a loving and beautiful place!
I want to thank you Momma for teaching me so well,
And though the time has come that I must bid you this farewell,
I'll remember all you've taught me and make you proud you'll see,
Thank you my dear Momma for all the love you always shared with me!
We had a wonderful Momma one who never really grew old,
Her smile was made of sunshine and her heart was solid gold!
Her eyes were as bright as shining stars and in her cheeks red roses you see,
We had a wonderful Momma
And that's the way it will always be!
She still keeps an eye on all of us so let's make sure that she will always like exactly what she sees!
Although you've left this Earth and now you've taken flight I know that you are here with Us each Morning Noon and Night!

I am forever grateful for the Gift of Life, Momma and Daddy too, the most precious gift anyone can give, thank you 💔💔💔
I will love you throughout eternity and a day ! My heart is aching I miss you so, I so wish you didn't have to go!
Sleep tight sweet dreams! 💔💔💔

Hugs and kisses to all of you above,
rest in God's eternal peace and love! Bonnie



Liza Darveaux-Haugh

April 22, 2018

To my beautiful, wonderful Grandmother,
There are many things I will remember and cherish about you. You are such a beautiful and kind soul. Your smile would always greet me and brighten the whole room. Your resilience, you endured many hardships in your life, yet you handled them with grace and dignity. I admire your strength, courage, and perseverance. I am so honored to have named my first daughter after you. When I told you my daughter’s name, you were so delighted and told me that I was the first grandchild to do that for you, like you’d been waiting for that to happen. Your love of animals has been passed down to your great grandchild, your name’s sake, as she is going to be a veterinarian someday. I’m also thankful that my mom and dad were able to take such good care of you the last 5 years. It gave us peace knowing you were in a safe, clean, and comfortable home. You didn’t have to worry about meds, food, doctor’s appointments, or loneliness. You were so excited to move into your new home because it had so many closets and outlets! Teaching us to always be grateful for the little things. Thank you for taking care of me when my dad was sick in the hospital after his heart attack. We talked for hours and you covered me up with a blanket as I fell asleep on the couch. I will always treasure that time with you. Now, may God take care of you, like no one else can. May you fly free with the angels. Free from hardships and pain. Be an angel like you always have been. We love you Grandma, Liza, Paul, Natalia Marie, and Isabella Sophia.

Liza Darveaux-Haugh

April 22, 2018

I hope you're having fun with Big Boy and all your other kitties up in heaven.
Love, Natalia Marie

Liza Darveaux-Haugh

April 21, 2018

Every time I perform my dance solo I dedicate it to you my Great Grandma .
Love,
Isabella Sophia

Cheryl Oehlert

April 14, 2018

GOD ALONE CHOOSES THE PERFECT TIME for each of us to join Him and our loved ones in his glorious heavenly home. GOD came to my precious Mom on April 9th, gently held her hand, and safely guided her to her beautiful new home to live with Him. I know Mom's loving heart is now overjoyed, and her beautiful face is smiling like sunshine as she once again is holding Dad and our precious little sister Patty in her always gentle arms. While my own heart is in excruciating pain, I am also rejoicing in knowing that your long-awaited peace, love, and joy are now yours forever and ever. And I feel your love still gently embracing and comforting me. Thank you for all the tender care and love you gave to me and my own family. Give Dad and Patty, and Grandpa and Grandma Hamm my love, I miss them so much. And I am so happy that Patty is joyfully dancing in her precious little shoes once again. My love and kisses will float up to you always until we are together again. I promise to take very good care of your kitties, too. And in my dreams I will still tuck you in at bedtime. I love you so very much and I look forward to your tender butterfly visits. My love always and forever, Mom.
Cheryl
and Tim

Kimberle Anderson

April 12, 2018

Grandma you were one of a kind!! So loving, caring, understanding, & so talented at sewing, cooking, & taking care of your family!! I will always be so very thankful for the time we had together & so wish we had many more years together!! I'm so sorry you had to suffer in the end, you didn't deserve it!! You didn't want to have a prolonged life if it meant suffering. I wish I could've had a say in it & I definitely wouldn't have let that happen!! I'm so sorry that we didn't get to spend the last 5 year's together, not by my choice at all!! I had no say in that either!! And the biggest thing I regret is that your 2 children wouldn't give you & I more time together so we could spend more quality time together!! Especially with your great grandchildren & you didn't get to meet your great great grandson Colton John!! Colton can light up any room & he's funny as all get out! He would've loved being with you Grandma!! But he will never get to meet his Great Great Grandma & know how loving & sweet you we're!! I will make sure Colton gets to know you through pictures & stories!! I WILL FOREVER MISS YOU & LOVE TO YOU TO INFINITY & BEYOND GRANDMA!! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID FOR ME & BEING THE BEST GRANDMA EVER!! I HOPE YOU & GRANDPA BUILD THE HOUSE OF YOUR DREAMS IN HEAVEN, & DANCE THE DAY'S AWAY TO 'YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS' !! XOXO'S!!

Ronald Johnson

April 11, 2018

Grandma Johnson as I grew up knew her. Always wanted Grandma to know my wife Maria Johnson and my beautiful sister Kristi Krafthefer.

You will be missed.

Your grandson

Ronald "Ronnie" Johnson

Ronald Russell Johnson

April 11, 2018

Condolences to all OUR "Johnson" and "Hershey" Family. The loss of a great women and her love for her cats as both my sister Kristi Krafthefer and I, Ronald Russell Johnson (children from Ronald Johnson) would visit her before her move away from Alexandria, MN.
Bless ALL OUR Family.

Theresa Osborn

April 10, 2018

Theresa Osborn

April 10, 2018

Biography

Johnson-Hershey, Donna Marie
(Hamm)
Age 93 of Blaine, formerly of Alexandria and Bagley, passed peacefully with her children at her side on 4/9/2018.

Preceded in death by her Daughter, Patricia Louise at age 5; Husbands, Ronald W. Johnson and George Hershey; Parents, Russell and Reka Hamm; Sister, Marjorie.

Survived by Children, Ronald Johnson, Michael (Carolyn) Johnson, Carolyn (Andrew) Bollin, Jerilyn Johnson, Bonnie (Jan) Darveaux, Cheryl (Timothy) Oehlert, and Mark (Nancy) Johnson; 23 Grandchildren; 30 Great-grandchildren; 10 Great-great-grandchildren; Brother, Dwayne Hamm; Loving Relatives and Friends.

Donna was an incredible seamstress and created over 700 hand-crafted quilts which have been enjoyed around the world. She loved nature, flowers, butterflies and animals; particularly her cats, Sweet Pea, Cutie Pie, Shadow & Chubby.

~Funeral Service~
4:00 PM, Thursday, April 12, 2018 with visitation from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM at
Gearhart Funeral Home,
11275 Foley Blvd. NW,
Coon Rapids, Minnesota

~Interment~
10:15 AM, Friday, April 13, 2018
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Assembly Lane #6