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Lorraine (Ausen) Johnson

July 23, 1922 ~ July 7, 2017 (age 94)

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MURRIEL LORRAINE (AUSEN) JOHNSON

July 23, 1922 – July 7, 2017

Murriel, better known as Lorraine, Johnson was born on July 23, 1922, in Amery Wisconsin to Martin and Gertrude Ausen.  She graduated from Amery High School in 1940.  After graduation, Lorraine worked in the dietary department of Swedish Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

While waiting at the Minneapolis bus depot, Lorraine got to know her future husband, Carl Johnson, who was also waiting for the same bus to return to his hometown of Amery.  The two were married June 19, 1944, before Carl was shipped overseas during WW II.

For a short time they lived in the San Francisco area close to the Navy base so they could be near each other when Carl’s ship was in dock.  Upon returning to Minneapolis to live, they had two daughters, Peggy and Nancy.  When the girls were in grade school, Lorraine went back to work pursuing a retail career at Powers Department Store in St Paul where she managed different departments until retirement.

For twelve years, Lorraine and Carl enjoyed entertaining a host of guests in their beautiful retirement home on Balsam Lake, Wisconsin.  In 2000, they moved to the Warm Beach Senior Community to be near their daughter, Nancy, and her family.  Carl entered nursing care shortly after arriving in Washington and died five years later from Parkinson’s disease.

Lorraine has greatly enjoyed her grandchildren, Thad Johan Nelson and wife, Abby, of Stanwood; and Cherith Joy Lee and husband, Chad, of Lake Stevens and her great grandchildren (Preston, Eli, Julie and Clara.)  Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, and oldest daughter, Peggy Lamb.

The family would like to thank the amazing staff at the Abundant Living Adult Family Care Home in Marysville, WA, for their loving care of Lorraine.  They have been like family to us all.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to Warm Beach Camp for the Kids2Camp scholarship program.

Graveside services will be held at the Balsam Lake Cemetery.  Services are currently being arranged.  Please check back again.

The Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Centuria has been entrusted with arrangements.

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