Orpha Johnson, 92, of Turtle Lake, died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at the Community Memorial Hospital in Turtle Lake.
Burial will take place Saturday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m., in the Turtle Lake Cemetery. The funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Turtle Lake, with Pastor Betty Stedman officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Sept. 28, in Trinity Lutheran Church.
Orpha was born March 26, 1920, in Windom, Minn., to Oswald and Christine (Nevermoe) Austad. She graduated from South High School in Minneapolis, Minn., in 1938. She continued her education at the Swedish Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1942. She worked at the Swedish Hospital as an obstetrics nurse for a number of years.
Orpha married Eldred Johnson on April 3, 1948, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. They lived in Mohall, where Eldred served as Lutheran Pastor of several local parishes. In 1952, they moved to Minocqua, Wis., where Eldred served as pastor of a church and Orpha worked at the local hospital.
In 1958, they moved to Westhope. Orpha worked at the nursing home in Westhope until they moved to Turtle Lake in 1973. Orpha worked as an obstetrics nurse at the Community Memorial Hospital in Turtle Lake for 10 years. Eldred, her husband of 59 years, passed away in March 2007. Orpha continued to make her home in Turtle Lake until her passing.
She is survived by: her loving children, Kris (Barry) Neese, of Lexington, Ky., Dawn (Mike) Brewer, of Fargo, and Joel (Vikki) Johnson, of Turtle Lake; three grandchildren; four special adopted grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister-in-law; one brother-in-law and many nieces and nephews.
Orpha was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Agnes and Anna, and two brothers, Elgard and Obert.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Friends of Madagascar Missions, P.O. Box 46381, Eden Prairie, MN 55344.
People may provide condolences and sign the guest book at (www.goetzfuneralhomes.com).
(Goetz Funeral Home, Turtle Lake)