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August 26, 1949 – Friday, June 19, 2009

Service Information
Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Maple Lake
Wednesday, June 24

Visitation Information

Diane “Dee” Johnson, age 59 of Maple Lake and formerly Howard Lake, died Friday, June 19, 2009 at her home, surrounded by family.

Diane Kay was born in Bismark, North Dakota on August 26, 1949 to Karl and Katherine (nee Bieber) Offenbacker. Dee graduated from Litchfield High School in 1967. She married Bruce Boehland on June 16, 1968. They were blessed with daughter, Darla and son, Barry. Dee worked for many years at Tonka Toys. She worked as a Kitchen Aid at the Howard Lake High School and also worked at Gage Marketing in Howard Lake. Dee began working for Walter G Anderson in 1993 and was still employed with them at the time of her death. On July 16, 1994, Dee married Donovan Johnson at St. John’s Church in Howard Lake. When Dee wasn’t working, she enjoyed going to casinos, concerts, craft shows, eating out with friends, shopping, listening to music (especially Elvis Presley), taking trips to Branson with Don, and being with her grandchildren.

Dee is survived by: husband, Don; children: Darla Yager (friend Wade Heins), Buffalo, Barry (Elise) Boehland, Veseli, Judy (Mark) Boeckers, Buffalo, & Jim (Kelli) Johnson, Montrose; grandkids: Melissa, Christopher, Matt, Amanda, Jordan, Bailey, Austin, and Abbi; and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Dee Johnson’s funeral will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 24 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Maple Lake. Visitation is Tuesday 4-8 at The Peterson Chapel with a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation resumes at church, one hour before the funeral. Burial is at Howard Lake Cemetery.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. Sheila Cullen

    God saw you getting tired When a cure was not to be. He closed His arms around you, And whispered, “come to Me.” In tears we saw you sinking We watched you fade away. Our hearts were almost broken You fought so hard to stay. But when we saw you sleeping So peacefully free from pain, We could not wish you back To suffer so again. So keep your arms around her Lord, And give her special care. Make up for all she suffered, And all that seemed unfair. — Darla my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  2. Monticello Cancer Center

    When one would come into contact with Diane they knew they had an instant friend. She was such a fighter through her illness and never once did she give up. Diane’s family is so loving and so strong, I know that is what kept her going through the whole process. What a special woman she was and will be deeply missed, not just by her loving family but by her friends and those who she came in contact with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. The memories will last forever and Diane will live on through all of you. Peace be with you Diane.

  3. Michelle & Rick Streich

    Darla – No words can replace that of a parent or loved one, but the memories and love shared last a lifetime. May God be with you and your family.

  4. Brenda Key

    I’m so glad to have had Dee as a good friend the 16 years I knew her. She always made me feel like a part of your family which I will remember always. I have so many good memories of our times spent together and I’ll never forget the friendship we had. I’ll miss her very much. Love, Brenda

  5. Deb Walker

    I was so sorry to hear of your loss … I heard you mention your Mom many times.

  6. Kathy Kramer

    Donnie and family,
    I just heard this morning that Dee passed away! Our heartfelt sympathy to you during this very difficult time. Dee will truly be missed by all who knew her! She is in God’s hands and is now free from pain and suffering.
    God Bless you!!
    Our deepest sympathy!
    Kathy Kramer & Kevin Goeb


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