Arlen Johnson, 86Arlen Ernestine Johnson, 86, Carlos, formerly of Green Lake, entered the peace of heaven on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from her daughter’s home in Carlos.
Arlen Ernestine Johnson, 86, Carlos, formerly of Green Valley, entered the peace of heaven on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from her daughter’s home in Carlos.
Arlen was born October 1, 1925 in Lyon County to Thomas and Bertha (Blank) Lindsay. She attended school in Green Valley. She married Earl Anderson and had three children. Arlen lived in Minneapolis, Renville and Pillager and in the early 1960s, moved with her children back to Marshall.
Arlen had worked as a cook at various restaurants and resorts, working up to becoming the head cook for the restaurant at Lumbertown, USA (which was part of Madden’s Resort in Brainerd).
On August 7, 1970 Arlen married Eugene Johnson in Marshall. They managed a dry cleaning business and then purchased their own business in Brookings, SD called Gene’s Dry Cleaners. After Gene’s death, Arlen worked at Agra Pro. In June of 2009, Arlen moved to Carlos. While a member of the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookings, SD Arlen served on their funeral lunch committee. Once she moved to Carlos, she became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Arlen was a woman of many talents. She was a beautiful seamstress, able to make wedding dresses and do any type of alterations and mending. She also made quilts for both Mt. Calvary and Trinity Lutheran churches. She enjoyed traveling and Bible study. Arlen loved the outdoors and enjoyed mowing lawn and working in her flower garden. She was happiest of all, however, just being with her family and loving her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Arlen is survived by her children, Alvin E. (Judy) Anderson of Cottonwood, Gerry A. (Nancy) Anderson of Ham Lake, Wanda (Jim) Swor of Carlos, and Clem (Pushpa) Anson of Sheboygan, WI; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gilbert Lindsay of Minneota and two sisters, Geraldine (Jim) Calvin of Marshall and Leatrice Versylus of Brandon, SD; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son; her husband, Eugene; and siblings, Margaret Nelson, Gertrude DeGroat, Dorothy, John, Thomas and Robert Lindsay.
Memorial services will be held for Arlen on Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Carlos with the Rev. Philip Pedersen officiating. Musicians are soloist Eric Anderson and organist, Elaine Beulke. Honorary bearers are the Trinity Quilters.
Inurnment will be held in the spring in Cottonwood.
Arrangements are with Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis; www.royhetland.com.
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