Karen Grace Johnson was born on February 23, 1940, at the Montevideo-Chippewa County Hospital to Ervin and Grace (Schroeder) Sulflow. She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church of Havelock Township.
Karen attended eight years of country school and four years at Morris Ag School, graduating in 1957. She worked at Northwestern State Bank for 6 years. In 1962, Karen married Alvern “Vernie” Johnson. This union was blessed with two children, Todd and Melinda.
Karen was Vernie’s right-hand partner in farming for over 38 years. She was very active in the Augustana Lutheran Church, serving as Sunday school teacher, youth leader, ladies’ aid, and was church caretaker for many years. In her later years she was giving of her time through community work, especially with Meals on Wheels and the food shelf.
Karen enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed baking (her chocolate chip cookies, kringla, and lefse were enjoyed by many), gardening, and fishing at Maple Lake.
On Sunday, August 7th, 2022, at the age of 82, Karen passed away surrounded by loved ones at her home in Clarkfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; two infant sons; grandson, Nicholas Johnson; sister, Betty O’Connor, and brother, Robert Sulflow.
Karen will be greatly missed by her husband Vernie; children, Todd (Jolene) Johnson and Melinda (Jody) Rokusek; grandchildren, Brooke (Ryan) Dare, Logan (Sammy) Johnson, Dylan (Kelly) Johnson, Rachel (Caden) Laleman, Brandon (Gabrielle) Rokusek, Makayla (special friend, Andy) Rokusek; great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Nolan Dare and Emmett Rokusek; sister, Kathy (Mel) Luepke; sister-in-law, Gloria Sulflow, and many nieces and nephews.
Blessed be her memory.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 19th from 5-8 PM at the J.H. Lynner Funeral Home in Clarkfield. Visitation will continue on Saturday, August 20th at 10 AM at Augustana Lutheran Church in Clarkfield, followed by a Celebration of Life at 11 AM.
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