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Verneil Johanna Johnson, 94

Verneil Johanna Johnson, 94, of Red Wing, died Monday, Dec. 23, at St. Brigid's at Hi-Park.

She was born on March 9, 1919, in Lake City, to Alfred and Sophie (Witt) Roper. She attended country school in West Florence Township. On Jan. 26, 1938, she married Frederick Klenke. Together they had four children. They later divorced. In 1948, they moved to Red Wing where she worked at the Red Wing Shoe Company. On June 11, 1960, she married Charley Johnson and they lived in Hager Heights from 1961 until 1973, when they moved to Texas, to take care of her mother. In 1978 they moved back to Red Wing. Charley died in 1996.

She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Burnson Lillyblad #1218, and Leo C. Peterson American Legion #54 Post Auxiliaries. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, traveling, music and baking bread.

Her family recalls how she always enjoyed trying new things, was up for a challenge and the love she provided for her family and always being there for them whenever needed.

Survivors include three children; Frederick (Pat) Klenke of Hager City, Nancy (Don) Larson of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Mary Lou (Rodney) Wilson of Red Wing; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charley; one son, Gene Klenke; one grandson, Axel Bergstrom; one brother, Wilbert Roper; and one sister, Eunice Brunkhorst.

Memorial service will be 1 p.m. Monday, December 30, 2013 at Mahn Family Funeral Home, Bodelson-Mahn Chapel with Reverend Todd Engel officiating. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to services. Memorials are preferred to Alzheimers Association. Online condolences may be sent to