Sigfried Lydia Johnson, 105, of Jackson, Minnesota entered eternal rest on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at the Jackson Medical Center in Jackson. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, with Pastor Adam Roberts officiating. Burial will take place immediately following the service at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery.
Individuals planning on attending Sigfried funeral service are encouraged to bring a chair, as services will be held outside.
Sigfried Lydia (Kulseth) Johnson, daughter of John and Martha (Hammer) Kulseth was born October 6th, 1914 on the home farm in Jackson County, Christiana Township. She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Bergen where she was a life-long member. Sigfried was an active member of Bethany over her lifetime, she taught Sunday School, and Release Time, sang in many groups including the choir, Ladies sextet, she also played the piano for Sunday School and for many years was the organist for the church. Lefse making was a joy for Sig, when the ladies of the church got together to make lefse she would be found faithfully rolling out and cooking dozens of the tasty rounds.
Her early education was in District 26 known as the Bergen school. Sig graduated from Windom High School in 1933, following graduation she attended Windom Teacher Training. She taught for a number of years at the rural school near Bergen.
Sigfried married Harold Neuman Johnson on August 21st, 1937. Following their marriage, they lived in Belmont Township where they farmed Harold’s home farm. Sigfried and Harold were blessed with three children, Kenneth Johnson, Marilyn (Nasby), and Lowell Johnson. They farmed until Harold’s death in 1966. Following Harold’s death Sigfried moved to Jackson where she remained until her passing.
Sigfried worked at the Good Samaritan Home for 35 years, following her retirement from Good Sam she continued to volunteer in many capacities, she helped out in the Lighthouse, played bingo with the residents, and stuffed letters at Good Sam. She held the babies at ECFE and helped at other organizations well into her 90’s. Staying active is what kept her strong and able to live independently into her 100’s.
Grandma loved her grandchildren and enjoyed being part of their activities. She was often seen at sporting events as far back as 1970’s and 80’s and that continued with her great grandchildren at the Jackson High School as well. She especially like band and choir concerts as music was a big part of her life.
One of the highlights of her life was a 1987 trip to Norway with her sister Borghild (Bugs), daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Mark Nasby and grandson Brian. She was able to see the major cities and attractions but her favorite part was being able to visit with her mother’s relatives and visit the church her family attended.
Sigfried is survived by;
Kenneth’s Family – Mark (Rachel) Johnson; Brandon (Kellie) Johnson, Kirsten (Tim) Lee, Kelsey (Leigh) Hansen, Halle Johnson, Luke Johnson, Rhett Johnson
Brian (Carla) Johnson; Sarah (Jim) Masterson, Rachel Johnson, Isaac Johnson
Paul Johnson; Mitchel Hieronimus, Hannah Johnson, Kaitlin Johnson, Noah Johnson
Marilyn’s Family – Phil (Holly) Nasby; Elizabeth Nasby, Mark (Taylor) Nasby, Peter Nasby, Kathryn Nasby
Carla (Paul) Sollie; Kristine (Ben) Molnar, Danae Sollie
Diane (Mike) Sabba; Justin Saba, Ashley (John) Meyers, Jessica Saba, Hunter Saba
Douglas Nasby; Meghan Nasby, Sam Nasby
Lowell’s Family – Michelle Fox; Lauren (Trey) Chumbley, Samantha (Nate) Magill, Emily Fox, Wyatt Fox
Lisa (Mike) Hills; Kawner Henderson, Taylor (Tyler) Beaman, Kaleb Hills
Erik Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Michael (Linda) Brennan
13 great-great Grandchildren, Daughters-in law Barbara Johnson, Lynn Wittmeier, and son-in-law Mark Nasby, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Harold Johnson, Father and Mother John and Martha, brothers Thorvald (Millie) Kulseth, Palmer (Avis) Kulseth, Chelber “Manley” (Phyllis) Kulseth, Elven (Ruth) Kulseth, Johan “Johnny” (Ila) Kulseth, sisters; Josie (Peary) Paulson, Borghild “Bugs” (Lyle) Hoovel, Beatrice “Tootie” (Calmer) Borsgard; her sons Kenneth and Lowell, and daughter Marilyn.
Blessed be the memory of Sigried Lydia Johnson.