Kathryn "Kathy" JOHNSON

Beloved Mother and Grandmother Age 89 Long-time resident of Forest Lake died peacefully at Birchwood Arbors on Tuesday, November 13, 2012. This Saturday, Nov. 17 visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. and a Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Alliance Church, 432 SE 11th St. Forest Lake. All are welcome. Preceded in death by her loving husband Jim, Kathy is survived by her two children Nancy (Andy) Owzarek, Farmington and Jim (Kathy) Johnson of Onamia and four treasured grandchildren: Livia, Alice, Aaron, Emily and many dear friends and extended family. Music was the gift that Kathy shared with so many. She was a performer on the KSTP Barndance for a decade, followed by a career as a strolling accordionist. Kathy worked at Birchwood Health Care Center for 22 years spreading joy and happiness through her gifts of music. More than anything else, she wanted to shine the love of God through her life. She continued to play and lead sing-a-longs and hymn sings until the day the Lord called her home. Her smile is now lighting up heaven.

Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 14, 2012