Wannie Mae Johnson

Wannie M. Johnson, of Park Rapids, MN, passed peacefully on March 5, 2021 in Riverside, CA.

Wannie was born in Woodville, WI on March 30, 1931. She grew up in River Falls, WI and graduated from River Falls High School in 1948. She married Dean Robert Johnson on November 19, 1952 in Pasadena, CA. Wannie graduated from Wisconsin State University - River Falls in 1955 with an Elementary Education degree and later earned her Master’s Degree in Southern CA. She was a dedicated kindergarten teacher for 32 years in San Bernardino, CA.

Dean and Wannie’s greatest joy was to build a home on Little Sand Lake in 1967. They spent many summers traveling back and forth between San Bernardino, CA and Park Rapids, MN while they were still teaching. They retired to Park Rapids in 1987 and enjoyed golfing, fishing, entertaining family and friends, and traveling extensively. They spent winters south in many places, but liked living in Canyon Lake, TX in later years. After Dean passed in 2007, Wannie spent her winters with her son’s family in Riverside, CA.

Wannie was a passionate quilter belonging to a local group on Little Sand Lake. Her hobbies also included rosemaling, rug hooking, and weaving. She volunteered at the Senior Center and food shelf in town. Wannie also enjoyed playing bridge weekly and being a member of PEO, a philanthropic sorority. She was a long time member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Her faith and joy of life were an inspiration to all.

She is survived by her children: Julie (Don) Stitt of Oak Grove, MN and Thom (Kristi) Johnson of Riverside, CA: grandchildren: Michael Stitt of St. Cloud, MN, Cameron Johnson of Riverside, CA, Erik (Erin) Stitt of Spring, TX, and Christopher Johnson of Riverside, CA: great-grandchild: Emily Stitt of St. Cloud, MN and a well-loved sister and brother as well as many other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 11:00 am at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids, MN. A catered lunch will follow the service.

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