FOREST CITY ñ Marjorie D. Johnson, 82, of Forest City died Monday (August 3, 2009) at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City with Rev. Barb Spaulding officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 P.M., Wednesday at the Petersen Lund Funeral Home in Forest City and will continue one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of North Iowa or the Good Samaritan Society in Forest City.
Marjorie Delores Johnson, the daughter of Arthur and Goldie (Holloway) Austin, was born January 17, 1927 at Detroit, MI. At an early age she moved with her family to Forest City where she graduated from high school in 1945. On September 13, 1945 she was married to Curtis Swanson. They made their home in Forest City. In January of 1959, Curtis passed away. On August 26, 1961 she was married to Howard Johnson at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City. They farmed west of Forest City until 1979 when they moved to Leland. Marge had worked at Fowserís Department Store and later Hansenís Fine Jewelry in Forest City. In 2006, after celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary, Marge and Howard moved to Forest Plaza Assisted Living in Forest City. She enjoyed reading, cooking and traveling with Howard throughout the U.S.
She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, WELCA and Birthday Club. She also was a past 4-H leader and member and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary.
Marge is survived by her husband, Howard; four daughters, Penny (Richard) Knudson of Alexandria, MN, Deb (Gregory) Sprau of Stanchfield, MN, Shelly Johnson of Mt. Vernon, IA and Trudy (Chuck) Tessaro of Seattle, WA; and grandchildren, Scott (Sue) Knudson, Eric Knudson, Chris (Jenny) Sprau, Brian Sprau, Will and Clint Ambroson, Ali Hagarty, and Cora, Cleo and Eva Tessaro.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Curtis; parents; twin infant brothers; a brother, Gene Austin; and grandson, Antonio Tessaro.
Howard and family,
We are out of town but learned of Marj's death online. We extend our sincere sympathy. She was a lovely lady and seemed to always have a smile on her face. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Ray and Joan Beebe
Aug 7, 2009ray beebe
Our most Sincere Sympathy to each of you. I hold fond memories when Penny and I were in 4-H and your mother was so helpful. Then as years passed and she and Howard married and had a wonderful second family. They were the perfect couple. Always such a pleasant and kind person. She will be missed, but, memories are forever.
Aug 4, 2009Monica and Keith Pletcher
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