Janaria ‘Jan’ Johnson

Janaria “Jan” Johnson, age 87, of Northfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, at Three Links Care Center.

Jan was born in Pierz, Minnesota on November 23, 1929, the daughter of Joseph and Cecelia (Korneck) Waytashek. The family moved to Stewart, Minnesota where she was raised and graduated from Hutchinson High School.  She was united in marriage to Robert Johnson at St. Agnes Catholic Church in St. Paul. The couple made their home in St. Paul where Jan worked for Montgomery Ward. They later moved Northfield where she helped raise their three children and worked as a typesetter for the Northfield News. Robert and Jan then moved to Sleepy Eye for a short while before moving to Montgomery in 1980. Robert passed away in 2002. Jan returned to Northfield where she made her home at Millstream Commons until entering Three Links Care Center.

Jan was an avid Twins, Vikings and Minnesota Gophers fan. She rarely missed a game on TV or on the radio. She followed professional golf and enjoyed watching Phil Mickelson play. Jan’s family wishes to thank all of the staff at Millstream Commons and Three Links Care Center for the kindness, care and loving support they have provided over the past nine years.

She is survived by three sons, Ken (Linda) of Lakeville, Dave (Annie) of Minnetonka, Steve (Margaret Gilligan) of Mendota Heights; eight grandchildren, Mark (Amy), Traci, Katie, Kellie, Matthew, Clare, Erik and Peter. She is also survived by two sisters, Cec Houg of Deephaven, Angie Olson of Minnetonka; and a brother, Arnold (Andrea) Koenig of Stewart.  

Jan was preceded in death by her husband Robert; her parents; special friend, Jim Machacek; brothers and sisters.

A Memorial Service was held at Three Links Care Center Chapel, 815 Forest Ave, Northfield, on Monday, August 28, 2017 beginning at 2 p.m. with Reverend Clark Cary officiating. Visitation was one hour prior to the service in the chapel. 

Jan was laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery in Montgomery following the service. Arrangements by Bierman Funeral Home. biermanfuneralhome.com



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