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DOROTHY M. JOHNSON, 94 ROCKFORD - Dorothy M. Johnson, 94, of Rockford, Ill., died at 2 a.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014, in P. A. Peterson Center for Health. Born Nov. 23, 1919, in Huxley, Iowa, the daughter of Lewis L. and Isabelle (Dobbe) Larson. Attended Huxley High School, Huxley, Iowa; Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa; St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn.; University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.; and University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. She married Pastor Marvin D. Johnson on Sept. 30, 1944, in Huxley. He predeceased her March 13, 2007. Dorothy and Marvin moved to several Lutheran parishes where he served as pastor, including Fridhem Lutheran Church, Funk, Neb.; Nathanael in Alcester, S.D.; First in Amery, Wis.; Trinity in Marshalltown, Iowa; and Zion in Rockford. Dorothy was on the library staff at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; and a librarian at Creston Jr. College & High School, Creston, Iowa and Rockford Lutheran High School, retiring in 1982. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church for 38 years, where she participated in the A Cappella Choir, the Altar Committee, Saturday Nite Seniors, and Bible Study Group. Dorothy and Marvin founded the ELCA Retired Pastors/Spouse Group in the Rockford area. She spent her free time gardening, camping, and singing, and she enjoyed traveling to Europe and Alaska. She is survived by her sons, Bruce (Charmaine) Johnson of Dublin, Ohio, Dr. Mark (Sharon) Johnson of Chelmsford, Mass., and Glenn (Sandra) Johnson of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Sarah (Dr. Douglas Lin) Johnson of Columbus, Ohio, Eric (Eboni) Johnson of Oberlin, Ohio, Paul Johnson of New Orleans, La., and Matthew Johnson of Chelmsford, Mass.; and brother, Edward (Ruth) Larson of West Des Moines, Iowa. Predeceased by three sisters and one brother. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, 2014, in Zion Lutheran Church, 925 Fifth Ave., Rockford, Ill., with Rev. Dr. Michael Thomas officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Visitation from 10 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the church. Family strongly prefers memorials mailed to Zion Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 925 Fifth Ave., Rockford, IL 61104. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd. To share a memory or condolence, visit olsonfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Apr. 9 to Apr. 10, 2014
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