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RuthAnn Johnson

d. May 22, 2010

Life History for RuthAnn Johnson
RuthAnn Johnson, age 71 of Osakis passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at the Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria, MN.
RuthAnn Swenson was born on July 17, 1938 in Benson, MN to Clifford and Evelyn (Ellingson) Swenson. She graduated from Benson High School in 1956. She first worked at the Jennie-O Turkey plant, and it was here that she met the love of her life, Orville Johnson. They were married on July 18, 1959. Ruth worked in many different types of jobs throughout her lifetime. She was an aide at a nursing home in Excelsior, MN and then worked in retail sales at a K- Mart before joining the staff at a Learning Tree Childcare center. She also worked for Jewelmont, a jewelry manufacturing company for a time before being hired by Prudential Insurance, where she did clerical work until her retirement. In 1987 Ruth and Orville moved to Palm Harbor, FL to enjoy the warm weather, returning to Minnesota in 2005 to live in Osakis.
Ruth enjoyed life and had a variety of hobbies. She liked to travel, read and looked forward to snowmobiling each winter. She was always game to go out fishing whenever the opportunity arose. She liked to crochet and made many beautiful projects for her family and friends. She also enjoyed her doll collection. Blessed be her memory.
Ruth is survived by her husband of 50 years, Orville Johnson of Osakis; her children, Valerie (Bruce) Arnott of Elk River, Bradley (Lisa Cochran) Johnson of Zimmerman, Angela (Brad) Gaulrapp of Sauk Centre and Charlotte (Carl) Hirte of Osakis; 9 grandchildren; brothers, Verlin (Eileen) Ellingson of Inver Grove Heights and Curtis (Lynette) Swenson of Madelia; sister-in-law Birdie Swenson of Willmar; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Donald Swenson.
Funeral services for Ruth will be held on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Osakis Lutheran Church with Rev. Ron Calvert officiating. Interment will be at the Cloverleaf Cemetery in Willmar, MN. Honorary pallbearers are Stephanie & Gregory Gaulrapp, Carl "CJ" and Nathan Hirte and Danielle Johnson. Active pallbearers are James Arnott, Jennifer and Adam Thomas, Brianna & Aaron Johnson and Carl Hirte.
Arrangements were handled by the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis.

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