Esther M. Johnson — Zumbrota

ZUMBROTA — The funeral for Esther M. Johnson will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Goodhue, with the Rev. Mike Gustafson officiating. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery in rural Goodhue.

Mrs. Johnson, 71, of Zumbrota, died Sunday (Feb. 15, 2009) at the Seminary Home in Red Wing.

Esther Mae Rammelsberg was born May 14, 1937, in Benton County, Iowa. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Newhall (Iowa) High School in 1954. She worked for Interstate Power in Chatfield, and for Northwest Airlines. On Oct. 4, 1958, she married Charles E. Johnson in Vinton, Iowa. They farmed the Johnson family farm in rural Goodhue until 1991. They then sold the farm and moved to Zumbrota.

Mrs. Johnson enjoyed vegetable gardening, refinishing and woodworking, needlework, fixing things, painting, reading, walking, and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, where she served as Sunday school treasurer and council member, and the Zion Lutheran Cemetery Board. She also volunteered at the Zumbrota Food Shelf.

She is survived by her husband; three daughters, Brenda (Russ) Ehlers of Red Wing, Karen (Larry) Sorensen of Albertville, Minn., and Nancy (David) Benrud of Kenyon; and eight siblings, Beulah Moloney of Vinton, Fern Bauman of Eugene, Ore., Kathryn Knaack of Vinton, Cecil Faye (Deena) Rammelsberg of Branson, Mo., Roxy Roster of Vinton, Darlene (Donald) Lawler of Chicago, Dale (Caryl) Rammelsberg of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Glen (Billie) Rammelsberg of Blairstown, Iowa. Other survivors include seven grandchildren, Laura (Mark) Bricker, Katie Ehlers, Jonathan Sorensen, Andrea Sorensen, Rachel Benrud, Sarah Benrud and Daniel Benrud. She was preceded in death by an infant son; a son, David; her parents, Cecil and Esther (Thomas) Rammelsberg; and a sister, Mildred Rammelsberg.


Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Mahn Family Funeral Home -Larson Chapel in Zumbrota, and an hour before the service Thursday at the church in Goodhue.

The family suggests memorials to Zion Lutheran.

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