Evelyn J. Johnson

June 6, 1927-May 16, 2017

Evelyn June Brandt

Johnson, 89, passed

peacefully on May 16,

2017 at a Minot Nursing

Care Center, with her

daughters by her side.

Evelyn was born to

Theodore Brandt and

Blanche (Owens) Brandt

June 6, 1927 on a farm in

Bottineau County,

northwest of Upham, ND.

She lived there until

1931, when the family

moved to Macclesfield,

NC, where her mother’s

family lived.

The family lived in

Roanoke Rapids, NC until

World War II started,

when her father went to

work at the Hampton

Roads Shipbuilding Com-

pany as a welder and ship

builder in Newport News,


Evelyn was starting her

junior year in high school,

when recruiters came to

the school to hire juniors

and seniors to do office

work in government civil

service. Evelyn was

trained and worked as a

clerk-typist in a large of-

fice for the Transportation

Corps until the war was

over in 1945. Her father

worked at the shipyards

until after the war ended

in 1946. That year she

moved with her family

back to Upham, ND,

where Evelyn resumed

her high school educa-

tion. She graduated in

1948 as salutatorian of her


On September 5, 1948,

she was married to Wal-

lace Johnson in Towner,

ND. In 1949, they moved

to Minot, where Wallace

was employed by Maytag

Electric. In 1958, Evelyn

received her standard

teaching certificate and

went to work as a teacher

at Washington Elementary

School in Minot. In 1965,

she graduated from Minot

State University with a

Bachelor of Science De-

gree in Education and

continued to teach at

Washington Elementary

School until she retired in

May 1988.

Evelyn volunteered at

Trinity Hospital Auxiliary

for eleven years and

volunteered at her church

for seven years as an as-

sistant in the office. Most

winters were spent in

Texas with some time

spent in Maryland. Evelyn

and Wallace enjoyed sum-

mer days at their cabin on

Lake Metigoshe. They en-

joyed entertaining family

and friends throughout

the years. Wallace died

March 30, 2014.

She was a member of

Delta Kappa Gamma So-

ciety International, First

Lutheran Church and Cir-

cle, Minot Retired Teach-

ers, and Golden Oaks


Evelyn was dedicated to

teaching and her students.

She enjoyed cooking and

baking. Her other interests

included gardening, oil

and water painting, han-

diwork, and reading.

Evelyn will be greatly

missed by her family.

Evelyn’s loving family

includes: daughters, Lin-

da Reiser of Hagerstown,

MD and Brenda Aspaas of

Glen Burnie, MD;

grandchildren: Laura

Reiser, Todd (Cynthia)

Reiser, Alyson (Alan)

Tamres and Anthony

(Danelle) Aspaas;


Tanner Williams, Anneka

Aspaas and Davyn

Aspaas; sisters, Helen

Smith, Halifax, NC,

Dorothy Anderson, Minot;

brother, Fred (Elaine)

Brandt, Upham, ND;

several nieces, nephews

and cousins.

Evelyn was preceded in

death by: her parents,

husband, granddaughter,

Sarah Reiser; brothers,

Adrian Brandt and Gerald


Celebration of Life ser-

vice: Monday, May 22,

2017 at 11:00 a.m. in First

Lutheran Church, Minot.

Visitation: Sunday, May

21st from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

in Thomas Family Funeral

Home, Minot.

Graveside service:

Monday at 2:00 p.m. in

Bloomfield Cemetery, Up-

ham, ND.

Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at (www.thomas