Lillian Johnson, 94Lillian Marie Johnson, 94, Wadena, died Friday, December 31, 2010, at Elders Home in New York Mills.
Lillian Marie Johnson, 94, Wadena, died Friday, December 31, 2010, at Elders Home in New York Mills.
Lillian was born in Lake Reno Township January 14, 1916 to Joseph and Mary (Cihlar) Chermak, the fourth of six children. She grew up on a farm five miles from Lowry in Pope County, where she attended country school. She received the sacraments of baptism, first communion and confirmation at Lake Reno Church.
On July 29, 1941 she was united in marriage to George Johnson at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria.
On December 7, 1941, they left for Oakland, California, where Geroge worked in the shipyards. They returned to Alexandria in 1943, where they made their home for 46 years. At that time, she moved to Williston, ND to be near her daughter and family. Later, Lillian moved to Wadena, where she lived until her death.
Lillian worked hard at various jobs all of her life, and was a Girl Scout leader for both of her daughters. She enjoyed gardening, nurturing her flowers, dancing, playing cards, and traveling throughout the United States. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, extended family, many friends, and watching her grandsons grow up.
Lillian was proud to be a lifetime member for more than 60 years of Christian Mothers. She belonged to St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Wadena, the Altar Society, and the VFW Auxiliary. She was a 14-year cancer survivor who looked forward to each Relay For Life event.
Lillian is survived by her daughters, Sharon (Joe) Morrison of Sioux Falls, SD, and Sandra (Bill) Jorgensen of Williston, ND; grandsons, Jason Morrison of Sioux Falls, SD, and Thomas Jorgensen of Bismarck, ND; sister, Florence (Delmer) Pomeranz of Urbank; brother, Adolph Chermak of St. Cloud; numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were an infant child; her parents; her husband, George; brothers, Henry and John Chermak; sister, Frances Slaby; and grandson, Christopher Jorgensen.
Mass of Christian Burial was held January 6 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Wadena with Father Don Wagner as celebrant. Honorary pallbearers were all of Lillian’s family and friends. Active pallbearers were Alton Chermak, Bryan Pomeranz, Lyle Rindahl, Joel Suchy, Jeremy Thoennes and Jonathan Thoennes. Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Alexandria.
Arrangements were with Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena; www.johnsonmemorialhome.com.
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