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Carol Minkel Johnson

Carol Minkel Johnson

Carol Minkel Johnson, age 86, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on June 12th after a long struggle with cancer. She was born on March 8, 1932 to Mahlon and Stella Minkel in Osakis, MN. Carol grew up with her sisters on a farm east of Osakis and graduated from Osakis High School. She graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1952 and taught school in Sandstone and Duluth. She was united in marriage to Phaon Johnson on June 16, 1956 and settled in Duluth where they both taught school. The couple later moved to Crystal, MN where they raised their three children. They built a cabin at Crane Lake, MN where they spent many enjoyable summers and later retired. Carol is survived by her children, Kurt (Jean) Johnson of Spring Lake Park, MN, Kaye (Jay) Madigan of Side Lake, MN, Kraig (Denise) Johnson of Eagan, MN, grandchildren: Joshua (Jenny) Madigan, Jessica (Jordan) Hoekstra, Julia Madigan, Callan Johnson and Holly Johnson, great grandchildren: Eleanor and Vanessa Hoekstra and sister Patricia Ryan of Dresser, WI and numerous nieces and nephews. Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Phaon in 1999 and sister, Catherine Lafreniere. The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to Carol's health care workers at Watermark Assisted Living and with Allina Health Hospice. Your kindness and care will never be forgotten. A private graveside service and inurnment will be held later at the West Evergreen Cemetery in Osakis, MN.