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Johnson, Samantha Jean age 13, of Coon Rapids. She was in the 8th grade at Fred Moore Middle School in Anoka. Survived by parents, Michele Johnson & John Bolanda; grandparents, Gloria Petranek and Michael Johnson; uncles, Troy (Vanessa) and Tom Johnson; many other loving family and friends. Funeral service Tuesday, 2 PM at Zion Lutheran Church, 1601 4th Ave S., Anoka. Visitation Monday, 5-8 PM at Thurston-DeShaw Funeral Home, 13817 Jay St. NW, Andover. Private interment. "She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed." Thurston-DeShaw Funeral Home Andover 763-767-7373 thurston-deshaw.com
This obituary was originally published in the Star Tribune.

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Published in Star Tribune on Nov. 13, 2009.
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November 30, 2018
I was watching Twilight a couple nights ago, and suddenly remembered how much Sam loved that series. We were not super close, but we had a couple classes together in seventh grade and I remember her telling me excitedly about plot details of the books I hadn't read yet. I'm very, very sorry about your loss. Sam was such a nice girl and I cannot imagine the pain her family and close friends have felt over the past nine years. Know that she lives on in little memories like these, and that she affected many people's lives, even just in gushing about a book series. May she rest in paradise.
Madi Rean
Classmate
November 19, 2018
Tonight something told me to look over some old middle school yearbooks. It was a familiar feeling of nostalgia, along with sadness. I crossed an old team picture of you, and flashed back on memories we shared playing volleyball. I wish I would have told you more often how good of a player you were, and how much you meant to the team. I'll never forget what it felt like to hear the news you were no longer amongst us. Just know you are still spoken of, remembered, cherished, and will never be forgotten. You were never afraid to be yourself, and that is what I will always remember from the short time we were students and team mates. I will always be thankful for the time we had together.
Haley Wayne
November 11, 2018
You have been in my thoughts a lot these past few months. I miss you, I especially miss that electric energy of yours. The world could use a whole lot of that right about now. Sending my love
Eric Entsminger
October 12, 2016
Thinking of you and sending you another free spirit!Grandpa Stan!
Gloria Petranek
January 7, 2016
I think i still have that drawing. Cmon over and see it and me anytime. I'd love to visit with you. Have a great day! Thanks for remembering Sam.
Michele Johnson
January 5, 2016
It's been 6 years now. I still haven't finished that drawing I was working on for you, I burst into tears whenever I come across it. I remember you had this neat wolf-angel-demon species you made up once. One day when I start on my comic work, I'm going to pay tribute to that--to you. You won't ever be forgotten; you'll be remembered for how cool you were and what an awesome friend you were. Thank you for being friends with me, it meant a lot and it still means a lot that we were. I'm putting my artist name on this candle. I know it's different, but I think that means more since we both always dared to be different than the rest of the crowd.
Deadcircuit RoomsintheWalls
August 9, 2015
My dear Samantha , I love you and think of you many times every day. See you on the other side baby girl.Know I cherish all 0f my memorys of us and all the fun we had.THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH ME!
Gloria Petranek
July 9, 2015
Samantha would have been 19 years old. I'm sure Heavan had a wonderful birthday celebration for her! :-)

Momma misses you Samantha! I think of you always and will never stop loving you!!!!
Michele Johnson
July 8, 2015
Happy birthday
Shirley Helbling
July 8, 2015
Happy Birthday Sam
July 7, 2015
Happy Birthday Sam. Love you Paapa bear.
December 27, 2014
Sweety pety honey bunch sawantha baby girl samantha jean johnson I really miss you my little Angel xxxxxooooxxxxxxxxxooooooooxxxx
December 22, 2014
Christmas is here again, 5th one without you Sam, it doesn't get any easier. We hope you are at peace, and hope to see you again someday. We love you, Love Troy, Vanessa, Autumn and Justus
vanessa johnson
December 21, 2014
I just added your book onlineto be permanant. I know you an the rest of us enjoy the meassages! I love you Sam!
michele Johnson
July 10, 2014
Happy birthday sweetie!
Michele Johnson
July 9, 2014
Happy 18.
July 7, 2014
Happy Birthday Sam
John Bolanda
January 1, 2014
Happy New Years Samantha!
Michele Johnson
November 13, 2013
This time of year gets to be almost unbearable without you Sanantha, we miss you like crazy and Christmas isn`t the same at all. You`d be driving by now and maybe even have a job, we would have loved to see that, but I see you riding horses in heaven and maybe you and your horse have wings. I`d love to see that, someday.
Watch over your mom and grandparents down here for us, ask God to give them strength and peace, until we meet again.
Love Aunt Vanessa
vanessa johnson
November 12, 2013
Sad day without you! :-(
Grandma Petranek
November 11, 2013
HI Samantha. Today its been 4 years and I miss you very much. I am taking good care of Baby and he misses you too.I hope you are having a good day in heavin and your mother and I will be talking and thinking of you all day. Love Pappa Bear.
November 5, 2013
Hi. I plan to start writing to you a lot more often. I'm so glad you're happy and I can't wait until I can see you again. I miss you so much, and I will never forget you. I love you Sam. (:
Alex Carlsen
November 3, 2013
Lately I cant stop thinking about you.. I hope you're doing well up there beautiful angel. I miss you so much and I love you. Save me a spot in heaven. <3
Alex Carlsen
October 27, 2013
Miss u
Grandma
October 26, 2013
Good morning!!!
Good morning Samantha! I miss you so much!!!!!!! I remember how well you got up in the mornings and got yourself ready for school. You were never late and did a wonderful job getting up and off to school. I am fortunate for that and for what a sweet joyful child you were. I wonder if once you are in heaven if you continue to grow. I think you do! I look forward to seeing you again some day. I love you more than anything and always will. Love Always, Mom
Michele Johnson
July 9, 2013
Not forgotten..............
July 7, 2013
Dear Baby Bear.Happy Birthday! Me and your mom miss you.
Love Pappa Bear.
June 20, 2013
Your Birthday is coming up July 7th will be another tough day without you!
June 19, 2013
Samantha,
I have just been reading about your fight on behalf of GLBT youth in Anoka-Hennepin. I believe your efforts are/will soldier on in many people like me. Thank you for standing up for people who had no voice.You are my hero.
Clarice
December 12, 2012
I love you Samantha!!!
Samantha I will never forget how happy you were to see all of your new ice fishing gear you got for Christmas! Your face is full of beautiful excitement. I miss seeing you honey. I miss being with you, I miss hearing your voice and most of all I miss your hugs! I am so grateful to still have your love!
Michele Johnson
December 10, 2012
U you were 1 of a kind no 1 can ever take your place miss you so very much I love you so very much and I'll see you on the other side
Grandma Johnson -Petranek
August 8, 2012
Sam,
I hope you're having a wonderful time in Heaven.
I'm sorry I haven't gotten around to writing in this. It's heartbreaking everytime I read about you, talk about you. Or even write about you. I've been writing about to you since the day you left. Hoping that some day I can give you all my letters. It's almost been 3 years, and it still hurts not having you here. I still remember the last words you said to me.
So many good times we've had together can't be replaced by these words, but I know everything happens for a reason. I wish you didn't leave. But you'll always have a special place in my heart. I love and miss you dearly.

I can't wait to see you in Heaven. (':
Take care of yourself honey. <3
- Alex Carlsen
February 16, 2012
I never met you, I read about you in Rolling Stone Magazine. I read many messages, from so many that loved you. Rip Samantha...
Sheila Peterson
February 5, 2012
I have been singing a old song called On the cover of the Rolling Stone.I Miss ya honey.We had such great times together and i will never forget how nice you were to me.Thank you.
Grandma Gloria
February 4, 2012
I didn't know you, but after reading some of the messages that people have been leaving, I wish I had. - Respectfully -
Tim Franke
December 3, 2011
Sam, you have such wonderful friends. I can't tell you how much it means to me to see they will always remember and cherish the friendship they had/have with you. I love you so much and am thankful for my dreams that you are in. I can hardly wait to see you again! Momma misses you and I love you.
Mom (Michele) Johnson
November 14, 2011
Fly Free like a butterfly....I see you riding a big white winged horse...in and out of the clouds in heaven.Pick one out for me to ride.Thank you for being my Granddaughter,you were a blessing from heaven,from the moment I cut the cord! I miss you Sweety Pety Honey Bunch Baby Doll Sawantha Jean Johnson.
Grandma Johnson-Petranek
November 11, 2011
I have missed you so much Sam, and still do. The past two years without you has been torture. I can only image how much fun I've missed out on having with you. I hope you liked the sharpies I left you and I hope you have a lot of pictures for me to look at when we meet again.
Nick Klein
November 11, 2011
its been two years from today. i miss you very much. i love you.
oliver houghtling
August 28, 2011
campers camp "Samantha Garden"
Sam, we miss you every day, and hope you are so happy where you are. It has been a difficult summer but we are trying to be strong in the faith that we will see you again. You are 15 now, time passes. Your mom has made wonderful memorials all over so we never forget you and what an amazing person you are. Watch over us. Love always, Aunt Vanessa
August 27, 2011
Today I have to move some of your items but I am putting them in your room and will organize it so you will like it. I love you so dearly. Time sure can feel like punichment somedays. I miss you and love you forever Samantha. I saw your science teacher today, he is a wonderful man, we always like him didn't we. ttyl.
Michele Johnson
August 23, 2011
Love you and think of you so very often every day.
Grandma Petranek
August 16, 2011
Sam, I was just thinking about you and I am really missing you. I keep dreaming that you are on top of this big hill and you're running down it again and again. I know it's random, but It must mean something. I just haven't figured out what yet. I really miss you dear.
Tessa Stene Woida
July 11, 2011
Happy belated Birthday Sam! You are still thought of everyday and missed. I bet you are still beautiful, just like your mama! Take care.
Sue Kopet
July 7, 2011
Happy 15th Birthday cake, marble with choc pudding layer in the middle!
Mom
July 7, 2011
Happy Birthday Samantha! 15 years ago today the best thing in my life happened. I love you and keep you in my everyday thoughts. I hope birthdays in heaven are even more wonderful for you.
Michele Johnson
July 7, 2011
Happy Birthday Sam !
I miss you.
Love you baby Bear.
John Bolanda
April 24, 2011
Shirley Helbling
April 24, 2011
We miss you so much Sam! I love you!
In my heart forever.
Kelsey Heidelberger
April 23, 2011
Dear Sam,

I remember when you were 5, and your Mom brought you to work because she was working on Saturday. You were in the inspection room, having fun and playing carefully on the floor. I hope you are still having fun and playing somewhere!
Dan Waters
March 17, 2011
Was jus thinkin bout yahh. Miss youu lots, happened to find a picture of me you and your mom at camp snoopy awhile back, we always had fun:]
Hope you're doing well, loveyouu cuz.
stephanie larsin
February 25, 2011
You will always be my friend... the times we had in the summer at the Y and all those ski trips...

Your Friend Forever...
Eric
Eric Entsminger
February 8, 2011
In no time it will be two years now that you, my wonderful cousin, have been gone. you'll live on forever in the hearts of all that knew you. you are missed GREATLY and i hope you are happy and comfy up in heaven. iloveyou Sam
steph larsin
January 27, 2011
sam, so much has changed and everyone misses you still and we always will. we still are asking ourselves why you left us. so much time has passed i cant believe it at all. the holidays are passed and i wish you could have been around for your 14, and 15 birthdays...
-kjarra
January 20, 2011
Baby, the pictures r so cute but they dont do you justus. My life is carrying on without you,Im not sure how but am gratefull everyday we were so close.
Gloria Petranek
January 12, 2011
Sam and Justus
Vanessa Johnson
January 9, 2011
Hey Sam! The holidays recently passed. On Thanksgiving I was thankful for the 2 years that I had you as an amazing friend for. Christmas eve I thought of you and how much I miss and love you. Christmas day, i looked at pictures of you and smiled and thought of how beautiful you are! On new years eve I thought how happy i am that you were there for me when I got in my accident the year I met you and how you had my back when it was soar. On new years day I said to myself It's a new year. And you are always in my heart and head no matter how many years go by. I love you Sammy! Don't ever forget that! I miss you! <3 <3
Kelsey Heidelberger
January 4, 2011
Hi Samantha, its Momma. I just wanted to tell you Thank you for being my daughter. I love you.
January 1, 2011
To my dearest sweet Sammy. Happy New Year Baby! Time passing is hard but it is alot easier at least knowing you are comfortable in heaven. We had a plate of muscles yesterday in rememberance of you, remember momma brought you to Olive Garden one of the years you did so well on your report card we went shopping and out to eat and I told you that you could have anything you wanted and you wanted a plate of muscles! Such a neat gal you are. I love you honey!!!!!
Michele Johnson
December 30, 2010
December 30, 2010
Love and warm memories from Troy, Vanessa and Autumn and Justus...Here is to the new year in your honor Sam...we love you.
December 28, 2010
Today we would have skiing, snowboarding or sledding or would you like to have gone ice fishing instead? It is a sunny winter day that and is plenty warm to play outside for hours!! Wanna make a snow fort out back?
Michele Johnson
December 26, 2010
Sam I read your guest book and check for new photos weekly.It breaks my heart and I love you dearly.
Shirley
December 24, 2010
Hey there Sam! I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas! You would love the snow we have, there is tons of it!
Love and miss you! Sue
Susan Kopet
December 23, 2010
Ice fishing is fun!
Michele Johnson
December 23, 2010
Hi Sweety Peety. I miss you and all of the fun and blessings you brought to my life. Love Forever, Mom
Michele Johnson
December 23, 2010
Always a Viking fan unless the Cowboys are playing
Samantha Johnson
December 20, 2010
Hey Sam, i had a flashback the other day. It was when we were all at Justus's bday party over in chisago at that park. Me and you were runnin around, swimmin and all that. we were playin on the park and all of a sudden i was alone and you werent there anymore...that day was the last time i had seen you...i really really miss you and hope to see you again someday.
LoveSteph, your big cousin <3
Stephanie Larsin
December 8, 2010
Sam,we made it through a year and it hasn't been easy, our lives are completely different now. I hope you are at peace where you are and pray for peace for your grandparents, mom and uncles. Autumn and Justus wish they could play with you but they are sure you are ok where you are, kids just know-They know you are an angel. We all love you now and forever. ~Aunt Vanessa
Vanessa
December 8, 2010
Samantha,
Today I got an email saying your guest book would go off line, I just want you to know that just because your book is off line you are always in my heart and on my mind. We all miss you so much. Love always, Lois
Lois Barrett
November 21, 2010
We went to a church sevice in your honor and today we go to one for your greatgrandmother.I hope you two 4 making cookies and having fun! I miss you everyday,love Grandmother Gloria
November 16, 2010
Sam, i had the same dream Thursay night, it's a flashback of Nov. 11 (2009), i was doin my Wed. babysittin, havin a good time with mara,(this is wen my imagination took over), it was about 5 o'clock & i the felt a sadness take over my body & i fell with no life, & the same happened with anyone who knew u... i think it ...means that anyone who was a true friend will never be the same wen u left, we died in our hearts...
Mady Sakry
November 16, 2010
My Sweet Little Angel Samantha Jean
Samantha, Momma has had you on my mind all the time. I hope you enjoy me including you in most everything I do. I miss you greatly. I wish you were phsically here to help me get my buck again this year. Your a wonderful little hunter! I love you dearly. We take good care of Baby for you and he is doing well. I have written a few times and don't see them here but you know very well. :-) Please remember me while your spirit continues to learn and grow and know that you will always be the biggest part of me. God Bless. Love Always and Forever. Momma
Michele Johnson
November 13, 2010
I didn't know you but I still thought of you on the one year anniversary. I wish this didn't have to happen. So many people love you & we all wish we could've taken away your pain. Rest In Peace Samatha, we love you.
November 11, 2010
Sam, It's been a year since you passed away. I just can't believe it's been this long. I wish you were here with us. Today has been really hard and I heard somebody yell your name in the hallway and I wanted to cry. I know they were not talking about you, but you were the first person that popped into my head. I really wish I could go to Anoka High and be with my friends on this day, but I'm going through it alone. I had a dream about a week ago that you were somehow alive again and you can to Jefferson and ran into me. And when i woke up I cried for about 15 minutes. I love you. RIP

<3 Tessa
Tessa Woida
November 11, 2010
It has been a year now that you have been gone but you have not been forgotten. You are always on my mind, i miss you like crazy and i love you lots. you are and will always be one of my favorite cousins. i cherish our time that we did get to spend together. you inspired me everyday, i still run memories of us through my mind. i hope that you are doing well where ever you may be. <3 :* miss you cuz
Stephanie Larsin
November 11, 2010
Its been a year since you have been gone, you are greatly missed. Your are and will always be a favorite cousin of mine. i love youu soo much and i will always cherish our time hanging out and being goofy. I hope you are doing well where ever you may be little cousin. <3 :*
Stephanie Larsin
November 3, 2010
1 whole year is coming up on the 11th that you went to see God and all those family before you.I will miss you everyday of my life,and I am so greatfull to have loved you,known you.Have Grandpa take care of you till I get there.Love Grandma with Lucky Baby
Gloria Petranek
October 16, 2010
Sam, you and your mama are always in my thoughts and prayers. I thank God every night for taking good care of you and ask that he helps to comfort those who miss you so dearly. Although you are physically not with us, you will always live on in the hearts that you touched. Much love, Joanie & Harley and the kids
Joanie Reidell
October 15, 2010
Sam, I wrote a song for you and I think it's my best work. I really miss you and i wish i could have you hear it. It makes me sad that your gone and it still seams unreal to this day. The days are just flying by and I wish you could be here to help us. You were always so nice to me. We all love you :)
Breanna Kolasa
October 12, 2010
Sammy, if you can somehow help us to move on, please do. Your Mom, Grandma, John, Aunts, Uncles, cousins just to mention a few are having a tough time
Julie
October 11, 2010
Samantha, it is 11 months today.I miss you so much.It seems like yesterday.Thank you for sharing your life with me and I know we had enough good times to carry your memory with me all my life.I love you and I will see you in heaven.Grandma who cut your cord.
Grandma
October 6, 2010
Hey Sam!
High school started 4 weeks ago...I think everyday about your BEAUTIFUL smile and amazing laugh! It seems that when I walk through the hallway I can see you walking by smiling at me. It brings tears to my eyes. Sometimes I hear your laugh and spin around in excitement! I know your here, watching over us! I will NEVER stop loving and missing you! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Kelsey Heidelberger
October 5, 2010
Oh Dear Sam! I think of you every day/night! I feel so much pain just thinking of what you had to go through. I wish there could have been something I could have done, but know now I need to help the people here. If you could guide me to where I need to go, I would love it! Keep on smiling that pretty smile of yours!
I miss you!
Love Sue
Sue Kopet
August 7, 2010
I was not close to samantha and I was away from school when samantha left all of us. But when i came back after it happened the school was a lot different. It was as if there was a missing piece to a puzzle. A puzzle of a beautiful flower. But unfortunately we lost that piece. And now that flower will never be complete but we can imagine what it would be like to see that flower and that is what keeps life going for the rest of us. Hoping that we can bare the image of that flower once more.
L
August 1, 2010
sam, i had a dream last night, it was a flashback of november 11, i was doin my normal wednesday babysitting, having a great time with mara, (this is wen my imagination took over the dream), it was around 5 o'clock and i the felt a sadness take over my body and then, fell with no life, and the same happened with anyone ...who knew you... i think it means that anyone who was a true friend, will never be the same wen u left, we died in our hearts...

? Love~
Mady Sakry
Mady Sakry
July 25, 2010
God bless you, Samantha, and keep you close, as He surely will. Watch over your Momma and remind her that her twinkly eyes and sense of humor made your world go round, and the rest of the world's too. Give her heck whenever she needs it and tell your mom I'm praying for her when you kiss her goodnight...I know she must miss you alot and may not always know how close by you are. And may God bless your sweet soul, young lady! If you inherited any of your mother's fiest, which I know you did...I've heard stories...the rest of us down are really going to miss someone special! (You will make it up to us when we get there, won't you? You'd better!) Blessings to an Angel from Some-Old-Bat-Your-Mom Used-To-Work-With
Deb Sandbeck
June 28, 2010
Hi Sammy momma's favorite girl!! I love you and carry you in my heart wherever I go. I aways will. I think of you constantly and miss you and love to look at your pictures. Love always and forever, Mom
Michele Johnson
June 12, 2010
Sammy 8 months seems like just yesterday ,I miss you and not a day goes by...Love Grandma Oh..I thought I saw you in my car at the pet groomer.it was so cool.My pain was gone for a min.
Gloria Petranek
June 8, 2010
Dear Sam,
Missed you at softball this year.Wish you were here, tomorrow is our last day of middle school. Think of you every day, Miss you a lot.
Caitlin Magnuson (Anoka, MN)
caitlin magnuson
May 17, 2010
We'll miss you
Asher Coon Rapids
May 12, 2010
MOMMA LOVES YOU HONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
michele Johnson
May 11, 2010
Sammy, Mothers Day was so hard without you here.I miss your hugs and kisses and huge smile.Say hi to your Greatgrandmother. My Mother will be happy to be with you again!Never forget that I love you and I will still talk to you every day in our own special way!
Grandma
May 1, 2010
Dear Samantha, Oh how my heart is ripped open with grief for you, I find comfort in knowing my Grandma is now with you. She was a wonderful Grandma, I will miss her dearly and am glad her suffering days have come to an end. She will be reunited with your Great Grandpa after 28 years of loyalty. Please give her a big Samantha hug for me. I love you Samantha. I was at a S.A.V.E memorial today with your Grandma with Luckybaby and John. I miss you. Love always, Michele
Michele Johnson
April 29, 2010
Honey Bunch,Im sending our love with your Great Grandma who will be with you soon.I love you Honey please know we think of you every day..not a day goes by..that i dont think of you....
Gloria Petranek
April 27, 2010
To my Sweetie Peaty, Samantha Jean Johnson. Oh how I miss you honey. I love you and think of you all of the time and wish we were looking forward to doing things together this summer and forever. I guess we will have to see each other in heaven. Momma is so sorry. I love you and as always find so many ways to still be proud of you. Love always and forever, Mom.
Michele Johnson
April 4, 2010
in loving memory of sam she will ALWAYS be loved and ALWAYS missed by her family and friends
Darian
March 31, 2010
Sam and uncle Tom
March 31, 2010
March 30, 2010
i miss you alot sam, if you ever feel you need to talk to someone, you can come to me, i wont be scared, i will listen.
everyone at school has been different since what happened, i hope your with your grandpa, and having a good time with him.
do you remember when we were on the bus-bench together and we got to just talk, about what ever we wanted, i do, and now that i look back on it, that was probably one of the best days of my life, getting to hear how our lives were going since drawing class in 7th grade (2008-2009 school year), that was along time to be appart from eachother.
i still look back on that day, sometimes i cry thinking about it.
i still look at your school picture in the 7th grade year book. brings back memories.
i still want to talk to you.

i miss you! Mady Sakry
Mady Sakry
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