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Helen D. JOHNSON

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Helen D. JOHNSON Obituary
Age 89 Born in Omaha, Nebraska Died December 26, 2013, the Feast of Saint Stephen. Loving, Devoted wife, mother & grandmother, Helen was a Crusader for souls! Helen worked tirelessly, not only for her own family, but was a positive and influential leader for the myriad of causes that promoted God, Family and Country including sacrificing her time, talents and precious resources to restore a Culture of Life in our society and in our country. Preceded in death by her parents, James L. and LaRose Dalton; her faithful husband of 61 years, Robert; daughter Carol Jackson; brother James Dalton and sister, Darlene Johnson. Loving Mother of Dennis (Kathy) of Fergus Falls, MN; Mark J (Julie) DDS; Mary H. Koch of West Bend Wisconsin; Susan M. Johnson, Kathleen M (Jim) Casper and Margaret M Johnson. Beloved grandmother of Kristen Johnson, Andrew, Matthew & Katie Johnson, Matthew Koch, Karla Koch, Dan, Joanne, Bob and Kathleen Jackson, Michelle Johnson, Max, Lewie and Maggie Casper. Also Survived by Darlene's husband, Dick Johnson (FL), sister-in-law Joann Dalton Genz, many loving nieces and nephews and her very close group of friends, "The Little Women." Graduate of Washburn High School 1942 and Saint Catherine's College 1946. Most importantly Helen was a fearless servant of God, a devout woman of faith, with a light-hearted Irish wit and a knack for pin pointing the very Truth of any matter at hand. A woman with a sharp intellect and yet of excellent virtue and profound humility, Helen had a deep and enduring love for souls. Her kindnesses will be remembered by many, including the 38 unwed mothers whom she took into her home during the 1950's and 60's; patiently teaching by example her Catholic values, housekeeping skills, dignity and self esteem. Before these mother's left the Johnson home, they knew full well that they were created in the image and likeness of God and that their bodies were temples of the Holy Spirit. In lieu of flowers, Masses for the repose of Helen's soul would be appreciated as well as memorials to organizations she supported: Human Life Alliance, St. Paul Birthright, Eagle Forum of Minnesota, Saint Agnes Catholic Church & School, the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus direct our mother by His sanctifying grace to the land of everlasting light and eternal glory. May the Blessed Mother, the angels and saints, Saint Helen and Saint Stephen, on whose feast she died, be there to greet this Irish rose with "one hundred thousand welcomes (Cead Mile Failte)!" Mass of Christian Burial 10 AM Saturday, January 4, 2014 at HOLY SPIRIT CATHOLIC CHURCH (512 S. Albert St. at Randolph Ave., St. Paul). Visitation 4-8 PM Friday with a Rosary Service at 7PM at O'HALLORAN AND MURPHY FUNERAL HOME (575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul) 651-698-0796, and also one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday with a Rosary. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery.


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Published in Pioneer Press from Dec. 29, 2013 to Jan. 2, 2014
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