OBITUARY

Margaret C. Johnson

December 17, 1924March 3, 2018
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Age 93 Of Northeast Minneapolis

Passed away peacefully on March 3, 2018. She is survived by children, Charles "Harley" (Bonnie), Dan (Bonnie), Karen (John) Peterson, Allen, Guy, Greg, Harold, Amy (Randy) Pauluk; 15 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, JoAnne Kurkowski and Velma Anderson; many other relatives and friends. Service of Remembrance 12PM Friday March 9, 2018 at Sunset Funeral Home, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd. NE, Minneapolis. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Interment Sunset Cemetery. Margaret was a dedicated mother, kind soul, loved the Minnesota Twins and fishing. She will be missed deeply. Special thank you to the Olive Grove Hospice staff.

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, March 9, 2018
  • Service of Remembrance Friday, March 9, 2018
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Biography

Margaret C. Johnson was known as many things to many people. She was a loved one, a friend, and someone special. To family and friends who
knew her best, Margaret will be remembered as a very exceptional person.

      Margaret grew up with 4 sisters they were all very close in age. They spent a lot of time roller skating and ice skating. They took many trips Georgia her siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, but they shared many great times ., she enjoyed playing and making up games. She was curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. She loved to read. However, to Margaret, the most fun to be had was simply playing and spending time with her friends.

      Margaret worked hard to be a good mother to her children and she did her best to fulfill their needs. Margaret was blessed with 8 children 6 boys
and 2 girls. She also helped raise Maynard’s 6 children . Basically her life was spent raising kids.

      Fortunately, Margaret enjoyed what she did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Margaret worked diligently and did her best to succeed in her career. Factory worker painters assistant. She passed her hard working ethic on to her kids .

      Margaret found pleasure in sports. Margaret was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed following her favorite events whenever she had the chance to do so. All sports especially the Minnesota twins.

      Simply stated, Margaret was a good and kind person, an individual who will for all time be remembered by her family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Margaret leaves behind her a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life she touched will always remember Margaret C. Johnson.

Age 93
Of Northeast Minneapolis

Passed away peacefully on March 3, 2018. She is survived by children, Charles "Harley" (Bonnie), Dan (Bonnie), Karen (John) Peterson, Allen, Guy, Greg, Harold, Amy (Randy) Pauluk; 15 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sisters, JoAnne Kurkowski and Velma Anderson; many other relatives and friends. Service of Remembrance 12PM Friday March 9, 2018 at Sunset Funeral Home, 2250 St. Anthony Blvd. NE, Minneapolis. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Interment Sunset Cemetery. Margaret was a dedicated mother, kind soul, loved the Minnesota Twins and fishing. She will be missed deeply. Special thank you to the Olive Grove Hospice staff.

From Amy Margarets youngest daughter, mom was one of the hardest working people I know. She worked very hard to support us kids.


She was a small woman in stature with brown hair and bright blue eyes. She raised 8 kids. Six boys and 2 girls and, .never spanked us, that was amazing in itself. Her life was never easy as a child or as a adult. I always remember her working at home. If she wasn’t cooking or cleaning she was washing clothes with a ringer washer and hanging them out to dry . In the evening she was ironing clothes for hours. She never had much of a social life because she was always working raising kids. Once in a while us kids would get a treat maybe a bottle of pop or some candy, I know how hard she worked to buy us those treats. Saturdays I would walk with her to Apache plaza and get groceries, then she would call Danny for a ride or call a cab. She tried to be as independent as possible, taking the bus to her MD and dentist appointments, she never drove a car, or wanted to ask people for rides.
Us kids kept telling her to retire, she worked until she was 70 years old, and finally retired when her mother died. Her mother grandma Evia was a little spitfire. She ran a little store in Col heights, she always stuck up for her daughters, mom and her 4 sisters. I think mom got alittle of that spit fire from grandma Stark. Mom always was so happy to hear about when her kids were going on trips or doing something fun, she would say,"life is short go and have fun". I always wished she would have been able to travel more in life but she didn't.
I dont think she needed much to make her happy, no big trips or things, or fancy clothes. She was happy to go fishing with Maynard or watch the twins on TV, One thing she did love was Christmas, she always made sure everyone had a present. And everything was fair. One of my favorite memories of her was Christmas shopping. We especially liked to shop for toys, We would go to Toys r Us and spend the day. It was almost like we were two little girls shopping, we liked the girly stuff barbies and baby dolls.
Another one of my favorite memories was going to turtle lake, I think mom enjoyed being at the lake. Pop would come home from work, and we would all pack in the car, when we got to the lake we would all run down the beach like a pack of wild Indians, ha ha.
In the last few years of her life Alzheimer's disease took over. Is is such a devastating disease for all involved. She knew her mind was going. She was so scared to not know her kids and "didn't want to be a burden.' She worked so hard her whole life. It didn't seem fair she had to spend her last few years with this crippling disease.
I miss her so deeply, but now she is in Heaven, I miss the funny way she strung her purse around her neck. I miss her funny little visors she always wore. I even miss they way she was always looking for her keys when it was time to leave. I miss her funny stories , like Al had a child some where that was always calling her on the phone, or did you know my son Harley plays for the MN Twins. I miss when I would leave her house and she would say take care of the binkers, I think that meant my kids. But most of all I miss her sweet little hugs good by.

What I have learned thru all this sorrow is try not to hold grudges, be thankful for your family and friends. Mom has taught me to be a strong person, work hard for what you want. Hug the people you love , its good medicine. She has taught me to be a mom. I'm sooo proud to say Margaret C Johnson was my mother. RIP mom u are in my heart forever.

From Guy , "not to good with words, mom was a very modest gentle soul, I will miss her".

From Randy son in law "never get old " loved her saying, I will miss you .

From her first born son Charles or Harley, one of my favorite memories of my mother Margaret was taking the bus to the Twins game. Another memory was going to the State fair on the bus, She loved the state fair. In her memory I am going to have a bench made in her honor, if you go to the fair look for her bench have a seat for while and think of her with fond memories, RIP mom your son Harley.

In my heart you hold a place no one can ever fill, I hope you know how much you were truly loved by your children, Harley, Dan, Karen, Allen, Guy, Greg, Harold and Amy, a part of me went with you the day God took you home.

Your golden heart stopped beating, your tired hands put to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.