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Jeanette Johnson


Jeanette Ruth Johnson, age 97, of Akeley passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Edgewood May Creek Senior Living Campus in Walker, MN.

Jeanette was born on October 27, 1922, to Emil and Clara (Tesch) Weckwerth at Sparta Township near Montevideo, MN.  She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sparta Township. She attended grades 1 through 8 at School District #7, graduated from Central High in Montevideo in 1939, after which she attended Calhoun Business School in Minneapolis, MN.

She was married more than 50 years to Clayton Sanford Johnson, who preceded her in death.  They lived in Montevideo, Eagan, Crosby, and Akeley. She was a farm wife, a secretary and bookkeeper for Wayne Pump Co, Fire Underwriters Inspection Bureau, the REA, Montevideo High School, Anderson’s Fashion, the Monte Cable Company, the Chippewa County Registrar of Deeds Office, and Sperry Univac.  At the time of her retirement in 1982, she was Assistant Vice President at Minnesota Bank of Eagan in charge of Real Estate loans.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Akeley, where she was active in quilting for missions and the Altar Guild.

She spent her last three years living at May Creek Assisted Living in Walker, MN, where she enjoyed sitting on the porch looking at the wetlands, or watching a game on TV.

Jeanette is survived by her sons: Jerry (Sherry) Johnson, of Woodbury, and Jay (Ardis) Johnson of Nevis; son-in-law Edward Mullaney; grandchildren: Anthony (Ana) Johnson, Eric Johnson, Ryan (Katie) Mullaney, and Alison (Jason) Henderson; sister-in-law Phyllis Strand, seven nieces and nephews, and five great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, Jeanette was preceded in death by her parents, brother Elwood Weckwerth, sister-in-law Betty Weckwerth, sister Francis Sampson, brother-in-law Richard Sampson, brother-in-law Harlan Strand, and her daughter Jacqueline Mullaney.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Akeley. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the services at the Church on Thursday.

Pastor Carleton Smee will officiate. Inurnment will be held at the Akeley City Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by the Cease Family Funeral Home of Park Rapids and Nevis. Friends may leave condolences at

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