July 14, 1938 ~ July 15, 2008
Marilyn R. Johnson, age 70 of New Hampton, died on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at her home. Marilyn Rose Johnson was born on July 14, 1938 to Joseph and Leona (Hageman) Funke in Festina, IA. Marilyn attended and graduated from St. Francis de Sales school in Ossian in 1956. She then went to Paris Beauty Academy in Cedar Rapids. After her graduation, Marilyn worked as a Cosmetologist in Decorah and New Hampton. She was united in marriage to Gerald Johnson on September 5, 1959 at St. Francis de Sales Church in Ossian. The couple farmed and sold Pioneer Hybrid for 25 years south-east of New Hampton until they moved to town in 2007. Marilyn enjoyed vacationing and visiting her children, sewing, gardening, cooking, baking, bird watching, knitting, entertaining, and having coffee with her friends. She was a member of Tuesday Neighbor Time Club, Mercy Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary, St. Josephs Catholic Church and a 4-H leader. She was a beloved mother and grandmother and an extraordinary home maker. Marilyn is survived by her husband Gerald of New Hampton, IA; four daughters Jennifer Johnson of Washington, IL, Mary (Peter) Hassler of Eden Prairie, MN, Sarah Johnson of Pittsburgh, PA and Suzette (Patrick) Conley of Stevens Point, WI; three grandchildren Joseph, Claire and Liza Hassler; numerous grandpets; three sisters Elaine (Van) Kemp of Gurnee, IL; Catherine (Bob) Reilly of Ossian, IA, Audrey Toots (Karl) Schroeder of Ossian, IA; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred. Cemetery: Burial will be at a later date. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, July 18, 2008 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Service: Memorial service will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 19, 2008 at St. Josephs Center Holy Family Parish, in New Hampton with Father John Barnes officiating. Pall bearers will be Orla Wiley, Donna Kubesh, Carol Brickley, Betty Jo Snyder, Nancy Demro, Stacy Drumtra and Glennda Murphy.
Dear Gerald and girls, Marilyn will be missed greatly! Her many years spent volunteering at the hospital were valued and appreciated! She volunteered with a smile on her face and a lively spirit of volunteerism ~ always giving, giving, giving. “In the time we have, it is surely our duty to do all the good we can to all the people we can in all the ways we can.” This quote fits Marilyn to a “T” and the life she chose to live…to the fullest! May the special memories and wonderful support of all who loved her help you through this painful time. With heartfelt sympathy, Francie Crawford
It’s with a heavy heart that I write this message. We are very sad to hear of the passing of Rose. What a wonderful woman she was! Please spend time remembering all of wonderful families moments you have had. Remember her smile and laughter…that’s what we’ll remember!
Mark, Diane, Riley & Megan Murphy
Our dear friend, fondly called “Rose”, has sadly left us. Fortunately, the many memories of friendship and fun times will never leave us. I am so honored to be chosen as one of her pall bearers, and yet saddened not to be able to fulfill the role, due to a preplanned vacation to New York City. Yet, of all people, Rose would want us to go ahead with the plans as our entire adult family
celebrates “Christmas in July.” The Johnson family will indeed be close to our hearts as we travel. We are grateful for their friendship and for the opportunities to be with Rose during her last days. Thanks for the great memories. Glennda and Wally Murphy
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and the girls. Marilyn always had a smile and good things to share with all. The world has definitely lost a fine lady. God Bless.
Our thoughts and prayers go to all family and friends.
Our thoughts and prayers go to all family and friends.
We are thinking of you
We know that Marilyn is now resting in peace. May God bless her soul and give you family stregth to endure without her. Roy & Pat Coil
We were so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s death. We hope that your years of happiness and your many good memories will enable you to have comfort with this sad loss. There are no workd to adequately express our sympathy but please know we are thinking of you and praying for you. Howard and Sharon Bunger
We will miss our wonderful friend so much, but we have so many wonderful memories of times shared with her. Know that we are keeping all of you in our hearts and in our prayers. What a woman!!!
Gerald & Girls,
So Sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. Please except our deepest sympathy. She will be missed by many.
God Bless you.
How saddened I was to hear from Elaine that Marilyn had passed away. My sympathy and prayers go out to all the family, especially Elaine, Cady and Audrey. God Bless you all.
Marilyn Fryer, Rochester MN
Roger and Margo Pleggenkuhle
To Mary and the Johnson family,
I’m so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s death. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Wayne and I and our kids have fond memories of Rose and your family. We extend our sympathy. You will be in our prayers. God Bless each of you. Nadine
We are very sorry for your loss and we want you to know we are thinking about you – especially Jen. Take care.
We were so sorry to hear of Rose’s passing. We are in North Carolina and will not be home in time, but sincerely, send our sympathies and know that she will be severely missed by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. In lieu of flowers, we will send memorial money when we return.
Gerald and family, our sincere sympathy to you in the loss of Marilyn. Hold all of your special fond memories in your heart. We will either drive up tonight or come to the service tomorrow.
Thinking of you all and keeping you in our prayers and thoughts.
LOVE, Don & Donna Tjaden
Jennifer, we wish to extend our sincere sympathies to you on the death of your mother. Of course, please extend those sympathies to your father, other family, and friends as well. We never had the privilege of meeting your mother. But, she must have been terrific to turn out such a good kid.
We were shocked to learn about Rose’s passing. We still talk about the time we had brunch at Paris in Vegas. We all know that Jen would rather read a book than be in Vegas. Our sympathy to your family.
Jennifer and family,
There are no good words other than we are sorry for your loss and are thinking of you.
We just want to let Marilyn’s family know how much we (and other neighbors) enjoyed having Marilyn and Gerald join our neighborhood. We had good times visiting, and eating, and teaching them to play Sequence and Train Dominoes. (Gerald needs more practice.) The funeral service was such a lovely, moving tribute. I’m sure Marilyn/Rose was smiling through it. You all have our deepest sympathy and prayers.
We were so sorry to hear of Marilyn’s passing. Please accept our very sincere sympathy. If you are down our way, please feel free to drop in and visit. We would like that very much.
Clifford and Marcie Trent
Dear Gerald and Family: I am deeply saddened by Marilyn’s death, the loss of such a special friend and companion will be with you a long time. I remember the times of babysitting the ‘girls’, giving them their Sat. night baths and tucking them into bed with such fondness. I always marveled at how such a busy mom like Marilyn had the energy to keep such a beautiful and loving home, always with a smile. I am sorry I was unable to join you for your special day of goodbye. I will stop in when next I am in town to visit my folks.
Gerald Johnson & Family,
Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you during this time of grief for Marilyn. Our condolences are extended to all. Sincerely Dan & Pat Fliger
Gerald and family. We were very saddened to hear of the loss of Rose. She was a very special person and will be greatly missed. Remembering the wonderful times spent with her will keep her close to your heart. Extending our deepest sympathy.
Ken, Bridget and family
Dear Gerald and Girls, It is with heavy hearts we have learned, from Glennda and Wally, of Rose’s passing. We truly enjoyed every meeting with her and certainly all the lovely morsels she set before us when you kindly had us to your home. You are in our thoughts. We pray you are sustained by your memories of a good woman. Matt and Sue Casey, Chicago