December 18, 1912 – January 27, 2017
Age 104, formerly of Rochester and Red Wing, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at Cerenity Care Center in St. Paul. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, in the Chapel at First Lutheran Church, 615 W 5th St., Red Wing, where Ethel was both, baptized and later confirmed. Family and friends shall gather for a social hour beginning at 10 a.m.; with Memorial services commencing at 11 a.m.; followed by a noon luncheon – all at the church. At a later date, there shall be a private interment by the family at Oakwood Cemetery in Rochester. Ethel, the youngest offspring of Louis and Maren Johnson, was born Dec. 18, 1912 at the Red Wing family farm (Featherstone Township). She was preceded in birth by four brothers, Arthur, Harold, Ragnar, and Leonard; and three sisters, Elvira, Mabel, and Florence; none of whom attained her centurial age. From 1936 through 1975, Ethel worked for the telephone company in Rochester where she was also a sixty-year member at Bethel Lutheran Church. During WWII, when phone communications became so important, Ethel volunteered to work in Washington, D.C. Afterwards she returned to Rochester, her closest family members, and to a supervisory position with Northwestern Bell. During her retirement she loved to travel and did so to all corners of the U.S., to Hawaii, into Canadian Provinces, and over to Europe. In Sept. 2006, Ethel moved from Rochester to the Downtown Plaza in Red Wing, and, later, up to St. Paul, in 2014. A heartwarming smile, love for her family, and sincere interest in whomever she met were Ethel’s distinct hallmarks. Today, her family is reflected in 4 generations of nieces and nephews; the youngest, who have always been excited to visit with this family matriarch and the oldest that have seen to her care continuum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to St. Jude Medical or Alzheimer’s Association.
“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” – Helen Keller