Eleanor Johnson, 90Eleanor Lavina Ness Johnson, age 90, passed away at Knute Nelson in Alexandria on September 9, 2011.
Eleanor Lavina Ness Johnson, age 90, passed away at Knute Nelson in Alexandria on September 9, 2011.
Eleanor was born to Ella and Lars Ness on September 24, 1920 and grew up on a farm near Morris, Illinois. During World War II she served her country as a Rosie the Riveter, assembling Corsair planes in Aurora, Illinois. She married Robert V. Johnson on August 28, 1946. She graduated from Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis in 1947. Pastor and Eleanor Johnson served Lutheran parishes in Wausa, Osceola and Wakefield, Nebraska for 35 years. In 1984, they retired to Lake Ida near Alexandria.
Pastor Johnson preached in many Alexandria area Lutheran parishes. Pastor and Eleanor helped organize the Retired Pastors and Spouses Fellowship for area Lutheran pastors. She also helped establish the New Horizons Grief Support Group at Anderson Funeral Home. Eleanor played organ preludes at Nelson Gables Chapel every Sunday for the past 3-1/2 years. She loved Scrabble and Hardanger embroidery. An avid Nebraska football and Twins baseball fan, Eleanor led Nelson Gables fans in the Twins fight song before every game.
Eleanor is survived by her five children, Ruth Johnson (William Lydecker) of St. Peter, Sharon Johnson of Alexandria, Robert (Janet) Johnson of Rochester, Russell (Rachel) Johnson of Stanton, NE, and Cynthia (Charles Leonard) of Blooming Prairie. Grandchildren include Brita (Adam deMalignon) and their children, Ruby and Milla, Joel Johnson, Karin (Steven Torrey) and Christopher Leonard (Barbara Leonard Guy), David (Toni) Prochaska and their son, Matthew, John Prochaska and Dana Johnson. Eleanor is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Norman and her brother, Russell Ness.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, Robert V. Johnson; sisters, Bernice Olin and Ruth Fink; brothers, Lloyd Ness and Kenneth Ness; grandchild, Michael Robert Johnson; and a great-grandchild, Quinn Robert deMalignon.
Memorial services were held at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria on Tuesday, September 13.
Arrangements are with Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria; www.andersonfuneral.net.
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