Olive C. Johnson, age 93, of 1324 Minnesota Avenue, Gladstone, passed away Monday evening October 24, 2008 at the Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba where she was a resident.
Olive was born March 18, 1915 in Ensign the daughter of Conrad and Carrie (Goodman) Lindquist. Olive was united in marriage to Henning Johnson on August 8, 1936 and he preceded her in death on December 6, 1987.
Olive enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, and working in her flower garden. Olive was an excellent cook and she had cooked at many of the local restaurants, and for the Christian Park Center and Village. She was a member of the Grace Church in Gladstone.
Son; Ray (Sharon) Johnson of Gladstone
Daughter; Virgie (Cecil) Anderson of Prior Lake, MN
Carrie (Tim) Ostigaard of Byers, CO
Carmen (Charlie) Hatch of Prior Lake, MN
Conrad (Jodi) Anderson of Prior Lake, MN
Corrine (Spencer) Nunemaker of Prior Lake, MN
Wendy (Robert) Manthey of Maple Grove, MN
Bruce (Corine) Johnson of Lino Lakes, MN
Jennifer (Jeff) Haase of Fruitport, MI
26 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents and husband, Olive was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Wallace Lindquist and Titus Chaulklin, and 2 sisters, Lenora Stevenson and Freda Foster.
Olive Johnson was my 4-H teacher for many years, today I work in Cardiovascular Medicine at UW Madison, Wisconsin and I sew/mend for everyone and they always asked where I got my talent. I am proud to say it was my upbringing in Ensign and having Ina Lundberg and Olive work with me always on how to sew.
Karen Olson Mirate
Dear Family of Olive,
Olive sewed our little girl dresses…all alike. Olive sewed my dress when I was in the 9th grade homecoming court at RRHS. She cut our hair, and tried to teach us to sew. She took my brothers to VBS and later took us three girls. Jimmy came home and promply told Mother that “…only God is holy” when she used the word holy for something else. Olive believed our Jimmy had trusted in Jesus Christ as his Savior, and was a great comfort to our hearts at her telling this at his funeral. Olive witnessed to my Mother and her sisters and Eileen especially attributes her salvation to Olive.
“Only one life, will soon be passed, only what’s done in Christ, will last.” Olive had a good, long life. She used her 93 years for much good, but her care for our souls is what will last throughout eternity.
We note her passing with much appreciation. May you all be rejoicing in the hope of a reunion one day.
Linda Greenlund Nash
Olive was so much a part of our upbringing in Ensign. She cut my hair, assisted in sewing for 4H, but most importantly in taking us to the Baptist Church where we first heard about being “saved”. Her dedication to “doing” her part in bringing souls into the kingdom of god was part of the planting that brought me to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. And what a good life it has been in a personal relationship with the King of King and Lord of Lords! We’ll meet Olive again on that heavenly shore.
It was a pleasure meeting Olive 2 years ago when she was my Mom’s (Grace Maki) roommate at Christain Park. We had alot of fun with her. what ever food she didn’t eat, my brothers took care of that!!
My thoughts & prayers go out to you Ray & Sharon and all your family. Sincerely-Jan (Maki) Sczytko
To Virgie & Ray:
We were sorry to learn of your Mom’s death. We have many memories of her – she was so vigorous until a few years ago.
Andy recalls how she was the neighborhood “barber” in Ensign. She charged 25 cents, then put out a lunch worth many times that amount! She sure was a good cook.
We are out of town for the Thanksgiving weekend, so will not be able to attend the funeral. Please know that you and your families will be in our thoughts and prayers as you bid her farewell.
In Sympathy, Jolane & Andy
Andy & Jolane Nelson
Olive was such a blessing! I enjoyed Bible Study in her home. She was a wonderful hostess and example of Christ’s love.
Rapid River, MI