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Orpha Johnson

September 18, 1924 — October 23, 2015

Orpha Johnson

Orpha "Sandy" M. Johnson, age 91, of Perham, formerly of Parkers Prairie, passed away Friday, October 23, 2015. At Perham Living Center in Perham, Minnesota.

Memorial services are 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 27, 2015, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Rev. Randy Freund officiating. Music is provided by organist, Maureen Diedrich and vocalist, Kelly Martin. Burial will take place at the Swedish Lutheran Cemetery, Parkers Prairie.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.

Orpha Maxine "Sandy" Johnson was born September 18, 1924, the 10th child of ten, and a twin to her brother, Owen, to Peter and Ellen (Lukken) Peterson at home in Elmo Township, Otter Tail County. She was born and raised in Elmo Township and graduated from Henning High School in 1943. She was united in marriage to Wayne Johnson September 2, 1945, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie. Following their marriage, they lived in Parkers Prairie where they raised their five children. She was a homemaker and an excellent seamstress. She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. "Sandy" enjoyed gardening, and was a wonderful cook and baker. She loved every form of music and especially loved taking care of her grandchildren. "Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal." Long live her memory.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wayne on March 17, 1990; daughter, Kathleen Ackerman on April 11, 2001; five sisters, Cora Phalzgraf, Inez Irons, Delores Wendorf, Pearl Johnson, May Peterson, and infant sister Peterson; and three brothers, Lester, Chester and Owen Peterson.

"Sandy" is survived by her two daughters, Sherryl (Bruce Lamar) Koep of Perham and Kim (Chuck) Thoennes of Alexandria; two sons, Robert (Cindie) Johnson of Hoffman and Rick Johnson of Moorhead; seven grandchildren, Monique (Todd) Bork, Carmel (Dennis Vogel) Koep, Craig Thoennes, Alicia Thoennes, Derek (Theresa) Johnson, Sandy Johnson and Dana Johnson; six great-grandchildren, Lauryn Johnson, Ian Bork, Payton Thoennes, Faith Vowinkel, and twins, Max and Leo Johnson; along with many nieces and nephews.

Urnbearer is her daughter, Sherryl. Honorary urnbearers are her grandchildren.

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