Virginia Johnson, 83, of Spring Valley

Virginia Johnson

Virginia B. “Ginny” Johnson, 83, of Spring Valley, died on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Ostrander Care and Rehab.

She was born on May 24, 1934, in Lanesboro to Paul and Christie (Bastian) Ahern.

She attended school in Preston and Wykoff.

She married Robert Johnson on Jan. 3, 1951, at Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Stewartville.

The couple first lived with her parents, and then his parents before renting a farm for several years. Later they purchased a farm of their own. Whether they were working in the fields or milking cows, they were always working together.

She was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church for many years. She volunteered at the school working with preschool children and taught Sunday school as well. She was a great cook who enjoyed good food and was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan. She baked hundreds of angel food cakes over the years. She also enjoyed canning food, tending to her large garden, having coffee with friends and playing cards as a member of her neighborhood card club. 

She is survived by her children, Sandy Richardson of Spring Valley and Rick (Ruth) Johnson of Rochester; two sisters, Carol Ahern of Spring Valley and Eileen (Vic) Rathbun of Spring Valley; five grandchildren, Tammy (Mike) Kester, Bret Christopherson, Heather Christopherson, Brandon Christopherson and Tiffany Christopherson; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in 1992; a son, Terry; a sister in infancy; her brother, Paul Ahern and a granddaughter, Jodi Mercer.

A funeral service for her will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday May 3, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Spring Valley with the Rev. Betsy Dartt officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hindt Funeral Home in Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

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