Alma Johnson

Alma Johnson, 93, Pipestone, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 at Avera Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Tyler.

A memorial service was held Friday, Dec. 17 at Hartquist Funeral Home, Pipestone Chapel with Rev. David Petrich officiating.

Honorary urn bearers were Larry Enfield, Robert Timm, Jr., Steven Johnson, Dale Weinkauf, Steven Nielsen and David Johnson.

Interment was in the Holland Cemetery in Holland.

Alma Leona (Nielsen) Johnson was born on Feb. 27, 1928 to Jens Christian and Frederikke Georgenna (Hansen) Nielsen at the family farm southwest of Tyler. Alma was baptized at the Danebod Lutheran Church on April 6, 1928. Alma lived on the farm until 1932 when the family moved to a farm north of Ruthton. She attended country school from first through fourth grade until the family moved to Holland in 1938. She then attended the school in Holland and graduated the 8th grade. She then attended high school in Pipestone, graduating in 1946. She began her new job at the hospital  in November of 1947 until she married Donald Johnson on Aug. 27, 1950 in St. James Lutheran Church in Holland. The couple then built their house in Pipestone in 1953. They adopted their son, Allen on Nov. 11, 1955.

Alma worked as the secretary and treasurer of AAL for 37 years along with taking care of Donald for 45 years before his passing on Jan 18, 1996.

Alma was baptized in 1951 at St. James Lutheran Church in Holland and served as a Sunday school teacher there while Allen attended. She was a member of an extension club and several different card clubs.

She had her lifetime friend Lorence “Bud” Thomas move in with her. They spent five years together until Bud’s passing in November of 2011.

She is survived by her son, Allen (Keri) Johnson, Ahwatukee, Ariz.; three grandsons; two step-grandsons; two great-grandsons; one brother, Roger (Ardis) Nielsen, Springfield; one sister, Helen Maloney, Spring, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Marian Carsons, Pipestone and Vida Johnson, Lake Benton and many other loving friends and family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Johnson; sisters, Marie Enfield and Mildred Weinkauf; one brother, Earl Nielsen; brothers-in-law, Elmer Enfield, Robert Timm, Ernest Weinkauf, Ivan Johnson, Leonard Johnson, Floyd Johnson, Eldon Johnson, Albert Carstens and George Manderscheid; sisters-in-law, Henrietta Nielson, Juaneta Nielsen, Estella Nielsen, Florine Johnson, June Johnson, Betty Johnson and Dorothy Johnson; nephews, David Enfield, Douglas Johnson, Randy Manderscheid and Roger Manderscheid; niece, Deborah (Keith) Kinner; god-child, Kathy Weinkauf and her parents.

(Hartquist Funeral Home,

Pipestone Chapel)