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Frances (Frankie) Lucille Cecilia JohnsonFrances Lucille Cecelia âFrankieâ Johnson was born on April 6, 1920, in Henderson, MN, to John and Jeanette (Durocher) Heinz. She began school in Henderson, then attended in Marshall and graduated from Balaton High School in 1938. She married Elmer R. Johnson on May 13, 1939. Elmer died on August 19, 2004. Frankie enjoyed her flowers and gardens. Upon retiring from farming, she and Elmer enjoyed woodworking, making a great variety of wooden toys and other things. She also enjoyed playing cards and making family trips. Frankie died on Monday, August 12, 2019, at the Avera Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall. She is survived by her two sons Donald R. (and Emma) Johnson and Robert B. (and Anita) Johnson and two daughters, Betty (and Don) Winther and Carol (and John) Engel; grandchildren Elizabeth (Lisa) Johnson, Derek and Nicklas (Nick) Johnson, and Chris and Ben Engel; great-grandchildren Kyle, Andrew and Ethan Engel. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, grandsons Jonathan Johnson, Barry and Brett Johnson. Memorials preferred to the Sillerud Lutheran Church, Gideonâs or the Charity of Donorâs Choice.
To Frankie's family, Marty and I are so sorry for your loss. We used to live across the street from Frankie. It didn't take her long to come over and introduce herself to us. She loved to show off her garden and gave us good advice about flowers and gardening. She found out that we liked to have camp fires in our back yard, and regularly asked if she could have the ashes for sprinkling around in her garden. I remember our first Easter in our house, she brought us an Easter basket and left it by our door. Later she called and asked if we found it and said Happy Easter!! You would often see her working in her garden and putzing around in her garage. She was an active lady and it is understandable why, with her coming to the age of 99!! I ran a daycare next to our house, also across the street from hers. One year for her birthday, I gathered up all the kids, and we made her birthday cards and brought them over, rang on the door bell and when she answered, we all sang happy birthday. She invited us all in to visit for a bit. Her daughters were there visiting also, so everyone had fun visiting. We moved to SD a few years ago, so we haven't seen her for awhile. Until we meet again Frankie!! It will be great to be reunited with all of our Christian friends and family who have gone before us and worship God with them for all eternity!! Marty and Brenda Collins
Brenda Collins Aug 15 2019 8:32 AM