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Louise Johnson

October 2, 1915 — October 22, 2010

Louise Johnson, 95, Hoffman, died Friday, October 22, 2010, at Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services, Elbow Lake.

Funeral: 11:00 am Friday, October 29, 2010, Grace Evangelical Free Church, Elbow Lake

Clergy: Rev. Don Trulson

Cemetery: Union Cemetery, Elbow Lake

Visitation: 5-7 pm Thursday, Erickson-Smith Funeral Home, Elbow Lake; resumes at the church one hour before the service

Louise Mayme (Wadeson) Johnson was born October 2, 1915, on the family farm near Alice, North Dakota, to William R. and Emma C. (Johnson) Wadeson. She was the youngest of eight children and the last surviving family member. Louise had three brothers and four sisters of which three lived in her lifetime.

Louise went to school in Alice, through the 10th grade and continued her high school education in Enderlin, North Dakota, where she graduated in 1933. She then attended Trinity Hospital School of nursing in Minot, North Dakota, where she received her Registered Nursing degree in 1936.

Louise moved to Minneapolis, where she began working as a RN at Hennepin County General. This is where she met the love of her life, Franklin Johnson. She and Franklin were married May 1, 1937, and the couple resided in Minneapolis until 1948 when they moved to Elbow Lake, where they started A & F Implement Company. The couple retired in 1976. Louise also worked at Lake Region Hospital for several years.

Louise and Franklin were able to enjoy their retirement for 21 years until her husband passed away August 27, 1999.

Louise was an active member in the First Presbyterian Church in Elbow Lake where she served as church treasurer. She also held the office of treasurer of the UPW until she was unable to.

She also was very active with the American Cancer Society and served as chairman of Grant County for many years, In 1951, Louise saw the first film on breast self-examination, and when she came home from the convention, she found a lump. She was a long time survivor of breast cancer.

Louise lived at the Dignity House of rural Hoffman for almost six years, where she thrived on the loving care given to her.

Louise is survived by daughter Charlene (David) Wikholm, of Elbow Lake, grandson Darren (Carolyn) Miller of Fargo, ND, granddaughter Lori Wikholm of Fergus Falls, great-grandchildren Deven and Dillen Miller of Fargo, and one niece, Doris Betcher of Wayzata, MN.

She was preceded in death by her husband Franklin, son Roger, brother J. Charles Wadeson, sisters Anna (Wadeson) Shubert and Carrie (Wadeson) McCall, and her little brothers and sisters.

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