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Charlotte Blanche Johnson, age 93, of Whalan, MN, passed away peacefully at her home on May 12, 2023, surrounded by her family. Charlotte was born on December 30,1929, to Corday and Betsy Thompson in Lanesboro, MN. Charlotte attended the Lanesboro Schools where her love of books began. She continued her education at the Teacher’s College in Winona earning bachelor degrees in Library Science and English. In 1950 she was united in marriage to Gene Johnson. Together they raised 3 children, Rod, Larry, and Lori. She taught kindergarten in Preston and Lanesboro in her early years. She then spent many years as the Librarian and English teacher in Peterson and Rushford. After retirement Char traveled over much of the U.S. and to several countries abroad. She loved being outdoors, mowing her own lawn into her upper 80's. She was an avid reader, enjoyed the Arts and spent time walking, biking, camping, and boating. Her favorite pastime was spending quality time with family, extended family and friends. Charlotte was often approached by past students and colleagues recalling times they spent together in school and the difference she made in their lives. Her warm smile, compassion and unfailing kindness affected everyone she met. Although she was always active in her church she was water baptised at age 91 which began her journey to becoming a true born again follower of Jesus Christ. Char was a devoted volunteer belonging to many community organizations throughout the area. She was known for her paper mache projects and floats she created throughout the years!
Charlotte is survived by her three children: Rod (Brenda) Johnson, Hendersonville, NC, Larry (Sheryl) Johnson, Whalan, MN, and Lori (Paul) Ulrich, Rushford, MN. She has seven grandchildren: Colleen, Lindsey, Riley, Matthew, Brittany, Brigetta, and Lucas, and nine great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings (and best friends) include Robert Thompson and Phyllis (Nestor) Chiglo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Gene; siblings: Donald Thompson, Mavis Johnson, and Marge Drake; sisters-in-law: Beverly Thompson, and Marilyn Thompson; and brothers-in-law: Donald Johnson, and David Drake.
Charlotte, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend will be missed by all who knew her.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 17th at 11:00 am, at the Root River Community Church, Rushford, MN. Visitation will be held from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. Lunch will follow the Celebration of Life. Interment will be at the Whalan Lutheran Cemetery, Whalan, MN.
Hoff Funeral Home & Cremation Service-Rushford is assisting the family with arrangements.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
9:30 - 11:00am (Central time)
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Starts at 11:00am (Central time)
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