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Dorothy (Viehauser) Johnson

January 23, 1921 — June 2, 2016

Dorothy (Viehauser) Johnson, 95 year old resident of Highland Senior Living in Little Falls, MN, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2016 at her residence. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 11 at 1:00 P.M. at the Community Covenant Church in Upsala, MN with Rev. Craig Johnson officiating. The burial will be held in the church cemetery. A visitation will be held from 11:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M. on Saturday at the church in Upsala, MN.

Dorothy Pauline LeBlanc was born January 23, 1921 to Arthur and Rose (Voronyak) LeBlanc in Minneapolis, MN. At the age of two, Dorothys mother died, and she was raised by her maternal grandparents, Mikaly and Mary Voronyak in South Elmdale. She attended rural school there and graduated from Upsala High School in 1940. Following high school, she was a nanny and maid in Minneapolis. On April 11, 1942, she married Roland Bud Viehauser. They lived in Upsala working at (and later owning) the Farmers State Bank of Upsala. Together they enjoyed spending summers at the family cabin on nearby Pine Lake as well as trips to the hunting shack in the north woods. They raised three daughters: Sharon (Roger) Johnson of Rogers, MN; Sandra (Richard) Ostendorf of Champlin, MN; and Susan (Marshall) Doran of Upsala, MN. They had seven grandchildren: Timothy (Jodi) Nelson, Daniel (Jena) Nelson, Jeffrey Ostendorf, Jason (Tanya) Ostendorf, Joy (Josh) Knoblach, Lindsay (Chris) Braden, and Megan Doran. They had 13 great-grandchildren. Dorothy was widowed when her husband of 47 years died on 1989. Nine years after Buds passing, she married Dewey Johnson on August 29, 1998. They spent their summers in Minnesota and winters in Arizona until Deweys death in 2004. From this union she was blessed with four stepsons: Gregory (Holly) Johnson, Roger (Sharon) Johnson, Neil (Sue) Johnson, and Brad Johnson. Her family grew with the addition of 13 step-grandchildren and 22 step-great-grandchildren. Dorothy was active in her church and community. She was a lifelong member of Community Covenant Church where over the years she served as a Sunday School teacher, treasurer, and a past president of Covenant Women. She was a lifelong member and past president of American Legion Post #350 Auxiliary. She also served on the board of the Upsala Bank. Dorothy loved babies and animals. She tenderly cuddled and cared for all that crossed her path, especially her beloved peekapoo, Honey. She was a fantastic cook, a diligent cleaner and gardener, a skilled card player, and an avid sports fan. She demonstrated amazing skill when parallel parking (especially when it meant getting closer to her favorite shopping spots).

Dorothy was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bud; her husband, Dewey; and her son-in-law, Larry Nelson. She is survived by her daughters, stepsons, grandchildren, brother Arthur Leblanc of Atlanta, GA and four nephews. Peace be to her memory.

The family of Dorothy would like to thank Highland Senior Living and St.Croix Hospice for the compassionate care.

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St. Mary's Catholic Church - Little Falls

305 4th St SE, Little Falls, MN 56345

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Community Covenant Church - Upsala

122 S Main St, Upsala, MN 56384

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