OBITUARY

Donald F. Johnson

August 24, 1942February 3, 2021

Donald F. Johnson, Navy Veteran, age 78, of Woodbury, passed away from complications of Lewy Body Dementia on February 3, 2021.

Donald was an Honorary Member of the Apostle Island Yacht Club, Past Member of the 3M Car Club and Guardian Angels Church Mens' Club. Donald was also 30 + year employee of 3M, IT Division.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Donald and Edna Mae Johnson. Donald is survived by his Wife, Judith; Children, Michael Johnson, Richard Johnson, Donald (Isabel) Friedges, Laura (Steve Rositzki) Friedges, and Robert (Jen) Friedges; Grandchildren, Abigail, Natasha, Nicholas and Jacob Friedges; Sister, Darlene Bridley; Brothers, James (Linda) Johnson and Gerald (Arlene) Johnson; and Many Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends.

We would like to extend a special thank you to his caregivers, especially Dr. Alvin Holm. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Grace Unit at Regina Hospital, 1175 Nininger Rd., MR 3600, Hastings, MN 55033.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be TUESDAY, May 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Guardian Angels Catholic Church, 8260 4th St. N., Oakdale. The service will be accessible via Livestream, if you prefer. To watch via livestream, go to www.guardian-angels.org and click on the "Funeral Information Button", or type the key word "Funeral" in the search bar. Interment Guardian Angels Cemetery, Oakdale.

Services

4 May

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

Guardian Angels Catholic Church

8260 4th Street North
Oakdale, Minnesota 55128

Livestream will be available. To access the LIVESTREAM, Go to www.guardian-angels.org and click on the "Funeral Information Button", or type the key word "Funeral" in the search bar.
4 May

Interment

Guardian Angels Church Cemetery


Oakdale, MN

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Kathy Moraski

February 26, 2021

I had the pleasure to be with Don at The Gathering. I remember him as such a kind and positive man. He was always happy to try anything despite his challenges. I will miss him. My sincere sympathies to the family.

Linda C

February 26, 2021

I remember Don from his days at The Gathering. He always had a smile on his face and enjoyed the stories I shared.
My prayers go to the family, and I plan to use the livestream at Guardian Angels in May.

Laura Friedges

February 22, 2021

Laura Friedges

February 22, 2021

Jim Koch

February 21, 2021

To my brother in law Don,
Thank you for helping to care for me, Mom and Dad. You added on to your home in 1994 and lovingly took us in. In those 27 years you did all you could do for us.
We had a great time when you took me to LasVegas twice. I remember on one of the trips we rented a convertible and headed for Laughlin. We had very sun burnt heads.
We also had a great time on Friday night poker nights. It was an interesting “wild turkey” night. Mom always had a $20 bill for you to borrow after we took yours.
This past year was so hard for you. I am glad you are at peace again.
Love you always
Jim

Nick Friedges

February 21, 2021

What can I say, Grandpa Don has always been somebody that always had a smile on his face. Anytime I would see him he would always ask about how baseball was going. He was always so excited and happy to hear about how I was doing. Grandpa Don is someone who never ceased to put a smile on your face. I found myself always fascinated to learn when I was around him. I felt like anytime I was around him I would learn a knew thing about him, or he would show me something new I hadn’t seen before. I will forever cherish the time, and the memories that I have of Grandpa Don. He was such a genuine and amazing person and I will miss him dearly.

Abby Friedges

February 21, 2021

Grandpa truly was the most kind, adventurous, passionate, and genuine person I’ve met. I don’t think I can remember a time where I saw him mad. He always carried a big grin on his face. I am so thankful to have had him as my grandparent.

Grandpa, Lori and I met quite a few times over the years for lunch. When we first started going he was driving me because I was too scared to drive somewhere I didn’t know. I had just got my license. The last time we went I was picking him up to go. I will always cherish the conversations we had. From his adventures over the years to my plans. It was always special to spend time together. I might just have to stop by Barkers in Hudson, WI to reminisce. :)

Another one of my favorite memories is going to Bayfield with my dad (Bob) and grandpa. I believe we stayed in the pop-up camper. I was probably about 8. We sailed to Madeline Island to explore and see the beach. All of the sudden we were on a bike ride. Mind you I’m wearing flip flops and a skirt. Well this little bike ride lasted 14 miles and lord knows Dad and Grandpa didn’t pack water or snacks. It was quite the ride and I will always remember riding my first gear bike getting a tour of the island.

A funny memory I have of grandpa when he was babysitting me. I was probably 5-6. We were at our house and it was just me, him, and Haley (Halebopper, as he called her). I remember him rummaging around in the freezer looking for an ice cream treat. A few minutes later I looked over at him as he was finishing his “treat” and he said it didn’t taste very good at all. Little did he realize he was eating a frozen Smuckers Uncrustable PB&J sandwich. I don’t know why I remember that, but he always made me laugh. Even now thinking back to that memory I’m laughing as I type.

Grandpa will be missed by all of us, but I find comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering. He has his memories returned and is looking down at each of us so proud. Love you always Grandpa. <3


Mary Shafer

February 21, 2021

Mary Shafer

February 21, 2021

Mary & Tim Shafer

February 21, 2021

Judy and family,
So many great memories of Don. All the trips we took together, working with him at 3M, just the great friendship over these years. The stories we can tell, we’ve had so many fun memories with you guys, our greatest trips are our sailing trip and our trip to Hawaii. I posted a couple pictures here that we took. You guys are in our prayers, Don was truly a one of a kind guy!!

Our kids still talk about going out to breakfast after church with you guys. We always had to drag them to church, but knowing that they would see you guys and get to go out for breakfast made it easier.

Love you
Mary and Tim

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