Lorraine E. Johnson

Apr. 28, 1928 – May 18, 2020

Lorraine E. Johnson –

92, Bismarck, formerly of

Kenmare, ND, died Mon-

day, May 18, 2020, at the

Edgewood Bismarck on

Dominion, following a

courageous battle with

pancreatic cancer.

Lorraine E. Jessen was

born on April 28, 1928, a

daughter of France and

Catherine (Bendel) Jessen

on the family farm near

Kenmare, ND. She was

raised and educated in

Kenmare, graduating from

Kenmare High School in

1945. She furthered her

education by attending

business college in Minot.

On November 26, 1950,

Lorraine was united in

marriage to Stuart K.

Johnson in Kenmare.

They made their home in

Coos Bay, OR, for nearly

two years until returning

to Norma, ND, where they

raised their two daughters

and farmed. Lorraine also

worked as the bookkeeper

for Farmers Union Oil

Company for over thirty

years, and as a book-

keeper for her husbands

farming interests and

business, Johnson Exca-

vating. Stuart died April

4, 2003. Lorraine contin-

ued to live in Kenmare

until October of 2019,

when she moved to

Bismarck to be closer to


She was an active

member of the Evanger

Lutheran Church and its

ladies aide. She enjoyed

attending the Kenmare

Senior Citizens Center,

playing board games,

bowling, ceramics, cook-

ing, baking, quilting, cro-

cheting, and gardening.

She was a wonderful

mother, grandmother,

great-grandmother, and

friend and will be missed

by all that knew her.

Lorraine is survived by:

Two daughters Marla

(Iver) Eliason, Garrison,

ND, Nancy (Doyle) Em-

mel, Bismarck, ND; Four

grandchildren: Katie

North, Kristie Eliason,

Kelli Jo (Wade) Hatzen-

buehler, and Kyle Stuart

(Olivia) Emmel; Eight

great-grandchildren: Jen-

nifer North, Emily North,

Erik Eliason, Hannah

Hatzenbuehler, Hayden

Stuart Hatzenbuehler,

Hunter Hatzenbuehler,

Holton Hatzenbuehler,

Adeline Emmel;

Sister-in-law Betty John-

son, Kenmare, ND;

Several nieces, nephews

and cousin also survive.

Lorraine was preceded

in death by her parents,

husband Stuart, an infant

daughter, siblings Robert

Jessen, Janette Durham

and Marilyn Smith.

Celebrating the Life of

Lorraine Johnson (due to

the Coronavirus Pandem-


Visitation: A private

family visitation and fun-

eral service will take place

at the Evanger Lutheran

Church, rural Norma, ND.

A Public Graveside Ser-

vice will be held on Fri-

day, May 22, 2020 at 1:35

pm at the Evanger

Cemetery, rural Norma,

ND. Due to the Corona-

virus Pandemic, please

observe social distancing.

A copy of the service

will be available for view-

ing on Thompson-Larson




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