Ferne Louise Johnson
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Ferne Louise Johnson, age 95, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed away peacefully on Thursday,. March 6, 2014, at a local nursing home. Funeral services will be 1:00 pm, Monday, March 10, at Miller Funeral Home, 507 South Main, Sioux Falls. Visitation will be 2:00 pm, Sunday, March 9, with the family present from 2:00-4:00 pm, also at Miller Funeral Home.
Ferne Louise Bratland was born Saturday, May 11, 1918 in Shindler, South Dakota to John and Sena (Fretime) Bratland. She was one of seven children raised on the farm. Ferne received her education in a Shindler area country school. Ferne was united in marriage to Dale Johnson on October 7, 1937 in Luverne, Minnesota, and to this union, the young couple would be blessed with their daughter, Charlotte. Ferne was proud to call herself a homemaker and take care of the home and her daughter.
As a young child, Ferne loved growing up on the farm. She enjoyed riding her horse, "Florie." Ferne became a good cook and loved to bake for her family and for others. She was always up for a game of cards with family members and friends. Ferne loved to go to the dances at Active Generations as often as possible. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran, the Moose Lodge, Springdale Ladies Aid, and Echo Extension Club. Ferne loved spending time with her family.
Those left to cherish Ferne's memory include: her daughter, Charlotte Swanson of Hartford, SD; two grandchildren, Wendy (Gary) Ketcham of Crooks, SD, and David ( Sarah) Swanson of Hartford, SD; four great-grandchildren, Tom Ketcham (Kim Joens), Joe Ketcham, Amy Ketcham (Zachary Dinger), and Tessa Swanson ; step great-grandsons, Tad Reiner and Tate Reiner; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends. Ferne is preceded in death by: her husband of 62 years, Dale; son-in-law, Richard Swanson; brothers, Art and Oliver; sisters, (her twin sister) Frances Deters, Myrtle Allen, Ella Mann, Olga Olson, and Emma Kauzlarick.
Miller Funeral Home
507 South Main Avenue Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Published in The Argus Leader on Mar. 9, 2014