Muriel Johnson

NEW ULM – Muriel Johnson, 80, formerly of New Ulm, died Sunday, January 13, 2013 at the Winthrop Care Center in Winthrop.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Saturday, January 19, at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home, North Chapel, in New Ulm with Pastor Tim Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the New Ulm City Cemetery.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. To leave an online condolence for her family or to sign the guestbook go to:

Muriel is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Brenda Johnson and her special friend, Art Kolter of Juneau, Alaska, Benay and Kevin Wenger of Auburn, Washington; sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Sue Johnson, Brian and Tammy Johnson all of New Ulm; grandchildren, Sara Muehlberg, Daniel (Jessa) Johnson, Leigha (Brian) Herty, Kristen Johnson, Cody Johnson, Connor Johnson; great-grandchildren, Blake Johnson, Addison and Carter Herty, Brynn Johnson, and Catalina Garcia; sister-in-law, Dorothy Gifford of Burnsville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Merton Johnson of Colorado, Ray and Marlys Johnson of Marshall, Jim and Sandra Gagen of Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Calvin Johnson on November 22, 1994; brother, Armond Ikier; sisters-in-law, Irma Ikier, Ruth Johnson, Karen Gagen.

Muriel Ardell Ikier was born on December 30, 1932 in Vernon Center to August and Lydia (Daluge) Ikier. She graduated from Garden City High School and then attended LPN training at the Union Hospital in New Ulm and was later employed there for a time. On February 26, 1954 she was united in marriage to Calvin J. Johnson in Vernon Center. They started a family in 1955 and lived in Northern Minnesota and Montana until returning to Minnesota and settling in Brighton Township, Nicollet County where they farmed for many years. Muriel worked as a home health care nurse for a few years and then was employed at Hands, Inc. in Winthrop until retiring. She enjoyed knitting afgahns, caps for infants in various hospitals throughout the years, reading and working on the farm. Muriel also enjoyed time spent with her family, animals, simple things in life, and watching the birds and squirrels at her window feeders.

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