Ruth M. Johnson

WINNEBAGO – Memorial services for Ruth M. Johnson, 77, of Winnebago, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church in Winnebago, with Rev. Durene Cornell officiating. Burial will be in Lura Cemetery at a later date.

Ruth died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at United Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer for over two years. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Spencer-Owen Funeral Home, 345 Sixth Ave. SE, in Winnebago, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

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She was born May 31, 1936, in Blue Earth, the daughter of Ray and Mabel (Mikkelson) Brenckman. She graduated from Blue Earth High School in 1954. On Sept. 11, 1954, she married Dwight Duane Johnson in Blue Earth. She was a member of the United Methodist Women, the Delavan United Methodist Church until in closed in 2013, very involved with the DHS Inc., which helped saved the Delavan High School from being destroyed. She also loved to travel, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family babysitting for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Dwight Johnson of Winnebago; her son, Craig (Jan) Johnson of Hutchinson; her son, Todd (Joleen) Johnson of Easton; her sister, Donna Christensen of Lady Lake, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Nate (Heather) Johnson, Dustin (Jessica) Johnson, Seth (Kristina) Johnson, Shana (Ben) Grams, Alesha (Jarett) Stauffer, Andrea (Ashton) James, Drew Johnson, Melissa Johnson and finance Andy Joslyn, and Alisha Miller; 10 great-grandchildren, Mallory and Chelsea Johnson, Austin, Parker and Ryder Stauffer, Jessi and Rowdy James, Kylee Johnson, Zach and Izabel Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her son, Mark; parents; brother, Richard Brenckman; and brother-in-law, Bud Christensen.