Norma Johnson

Norma J. Johnson, 82, of Idaho Falls, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Turtle and Crane Assisted Living Center. She was under the care of Hospice of Eastern Idaho.

Norma was born March 30, 1930, to Knut and Ester Johnson on the family farm in New Sweden, Idaho. Growing up on the family farm, she enjoyed riding horses, milking the cows, and with the money she earned she would go to Shelley to purchase sheet music which she used to teach herself to play the piano.

After Norma graduated from Shelley High School, she and her friends, Barbara and Dorothy, set off to San Francisco, where Norma found a job at an insurance agency. Her favorite pastime was attending U.S.O. dances. It was at the dances that she met her future husband, Carlton Johnson, and they were married Feb. 14, 1953. Three boys were born to the couple; first, Kurt on June 20, 1960, Brad on Jan. 20, 1962, followed by Todd on Oct. 29, 1967.

In 1977, leaving family and friends in Concord, Calif., Norma returned to Idaho Falls with her three sons. Reestablishing her friendships in Idaho Falls, she went to work for Dr. Walber. She later worked at the Idaho Falls Clinic, where she retired.

In 1985, Norma met Howard Fredricksen of Kilgore. For the next 10 years, he became her favorite cowboy and dance partner. They traveled numerous miles to find the hottest dance spots. After some health issues, she spent more time gardening and cooking.

In September 2011, Norma moved into Turtle and Crane Assisted Living, where she made numerous friends with residents and staff.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Roland; and her sister, Svea.

She is survived by her three sons, all of Idaho Falls; sister, Greta Rhine of Boise; two granddaughters and one great-granddaughter, all of Idaho Falls.

A private family service will be held today, Oct. 7, and a celebration of Norma's life will be held at a later date.

Norma's family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the staff of Turtle and Crane and the volunteers of Hospice of Eastern Idaho.

Condolences can be sent to the family online at www .coltrinmortruary.com.

Published in Post Register on Oct. 7, 2012