Evelyn May (Jones) Johnson, 83

Published 10:41 am Monday, September 19, 2011

Memorial services for Evelyn May (Jones) Johnson, of Albert Lea, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Ascension Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mark Boorsma will officiate. Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bonnerup Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.


Evelyn died Sunday afternoon, Sept. 18, 2011, at her home in Albert Lea surrounded by her family.

Evelyn (Evie) was born April 10, 1928, in Avon, S.D. She was the daughter of Charles (Chas) and Hattie (Simms) Jones. She attended public school in Plainview, Neb. On June 15, 1956, she was joined in marriage to Robert (Red) J. Johnson. Evelyn managed a clothing store in St. James for several years and then was employed as a dental assistant for over 30 years, first with Dr. Steiler and then with Dr. Hoffman. After retiring as a dental assistant, she worked as a clerk at Fisher’s Fine Jewelers for 14 years.

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Evelyn was an active member of the Ascension Lutheran Church and enjoyed bowling on teams in St. James and Albert Lea. In her free time, she could be found painting wood crafts, Rosemauling, reading or working crossword puzzles.

Evelyn loved her family deeply and with immeasurable joy, and she embraced her many friends with that same love.

Evelyn is survived by her husband Robert (Red) Johnson of Albert Lea and their children: Terry (Brenda Moore) Hornstra of Deer River and their children: Heidie (Matt) O’Neill and Hollie Hornstra (Rob Daniels); Sandra (Larry) Petersen of Albert Lea and their children: Steven (Anne) Petersen and Andrew (Keli) Petersen; Bonnie (Terry) Adams of Albert Lea and their children: Angela (Jon) Whitcomb and Chad Holton; Scott (Patti) Hornstra of Cincinnati, Ohio, and their children: Sam and Kathleen Hornstra; Jodell Brunson of Plymouth, Mass., and her daughter, Molly Jo Brunson; Robyn (Bill) Zandi of Franklin, Tenn., and their children: Josh Hibray, Britni Hibray, Michael, Mark and Marisa Zandi; and Robert (Bob) Johnson, Jr. of Albert Lea, who was also her special care giver. Survivors also include nine great-grandchildren and special friends: Rosemary (Cookie) Dowling, Larry Fisher and their families.

Surviving siblings include: Mary Deurmier, Charles Jones and Darlene Dress; sister-in-law, Dorothy Jones, and brother-in-law, Paul Dahlenberg; in-laws: Ken Oman, Dan Gilmore, Henry Johnson, Richard (Peanuts) and Debby Johnson, Roger and Donna Johnson, Kenneth (Skipper) and Evie Johnson, Larry and Sandra Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings: Lucille (Toots) Jess Deurmier, Ethel (Ralf) French, Bessie Dahlenberg and Elmer Jones; brothers-in-law: Elmer Deurmier and Ted Dress; mother-and father-in-law: Henry and Clara Johnson and special son-in-law, Geofrey Brunson.

Memorials to Crossroads Community Hospice are preferred in lieu of flowers.