Leona H. Johnson, 89, Fargo, ND, formerly rural Wolverton, MN passed away on Monday, August 8, 2016 at Essentia Health in Fargo. Funeral services will be on Friday, August 12, at 11:00 AM at Faith Lutheran Church, Wolverton, MN with Rev. Clay Ellingson officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Willow Creek Chapel, Wahpeton, ND. Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens, Wahpeton. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Faith Lutheran Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Vertin-Munson Funeral Home, Wahpeton.
Leona was born on June 15, 1927 in rural Noonan, ND to Signus and Hulda (Winther) Jensen. She grew up in the Berthold, ND area and graduated from Berthold High School in 1945. She worked as a telephone switchboard operator until 1954 when she moved to Kent, MN to live with her parents.
On August 25, 1957 she united in marriage to Norman Johnson. They farmed together in the Wolverton area and raised their children. In 1994, they retired and moved to Moorhead, MN. Norman passed away on October 14, 2005. She was currently a resident of Rosewood on Broadway in Fargo.
Leona was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and the Red River Danes. She was very proud of her Danish Heritage and took a trip to Scandinavia with her family in 1970. She liked to crotchet, make wedding cakes, play bingo, and do word search puzzles. Her greatest love was to be with her family and cherished their visits.
Leona is survived by her son, Erick (Cindy) Johnson, Moorhead, MN; her daughters, Christine Johnson, Cochiti Lake, NM, Rebecca Bendikson, Northridge, CA; her grandchildren, Kari (Scott) Heintzman, Wade Johnson, Ryan Johnson, Erika Gallo, Aaron (Kristen) Bendikson, and Josh Hamner; her great-grandchildren, Haley Heintzman, Pierce and Ainsley Bendikson; her brother, Harvey (Lillian) Jensen, Jamestown, ND; and her sister, Carol Holtz, Edinburg, TX.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Signus and Hulda Jensen, her husband, Norman Johnson, her son, Charlie Johnson, her sisters, Ardis Nestaval and Helen Felt, and her son-in-law, David Bendikson.