Lois Mae Johnson

LOVELAND, Colo. – Lois Mae Johnson, 85, passed away the evening of Sept. 24, 2013, surrounded by family members at her home in Loveland, Colo. Lois was the wife of J. Harry Johnson Jr. for 52 years until his passing in 2003. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Ella Sturdy (Couillard) of Gladstone; her brother Courtney and sister Mary Niquette of Bark River.

She is survived by sister, Beverly Abrahamson of Plymouth, Mich.; and brothers, R. Kenneth and Robert Sturdy of Gladstone.

Lois was the proud mother and is survived by her five children; Mark Johnson of Eveleth, Minn., Lynn Gustafson of Loveland, Colo., Doug Johnson of Joshua, Texas, John Johnson of Loveland, Colo., and Eric Johnson of Fort Collins, Colo. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Lois and Harry lived together in the house they built in 1951, two miles north of the paper mill on the Gross hill. Lois in her youth along with her two sisters and two brothers helped their father create a successful Mink ranching operation.

Lois liked to dance and enjoyed sharing memories of her youth, like the times when she and her sisters would be dressed to the “Nines” in gowns and gloves, then tumble into their Dad’s Studebaker pickup for a night of dancing to the big band sound at the Riverside ballroom in Rapid River, (Harry’s home town).

Lois has many friends and relatives in the Gladstone area. Her home was open to visitors with the coffee pot always on, and if you were in need of being humbled by way of a game of cribbage, well, you came to the right spot.

Lois worked for many years as a seasonal employee for Sayklly’s Candies and enjoyed being around her co-workers more than anything. Lois and Harry enjoyed winter bowling back in the day, and many summer days were spent at the Gladstone Golf Course where they were lifetime members and had many friends.

Lois was always the life of the party, and will be missed.

The family would like to invite you to the funeral services being held at the Holy Family Church in Flat Rock at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Visitation begins at 10 a.m. A lunch will be provided following the service.