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Ruby I. Johnson

November 16, 1918 November 14, 2009
Ruby I. Johnson
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Ruby Irene (Halverson) Johnson, age 90, of Frederic, WI, formerly of Grantsburg, WI died Saturday, November 14, 2009. She was born November 16, 1918 to Casper and Tensie (Segelstrom) Halverson in Grantsburg. She was baptized March 23, 1919 in the Lutheran faith at the Wood River Congregational Church. She attended school at Branstad Midway and Lincoln, graduating in 1933 from 8th grade. Her mother passed away on December 23rd, 1932 so she had to be home to help her father raise the siblings. At the age of 16 she went to the Twin Cities to seek a job doing housework. On October 8, 1938 she married Robert L. Johnson – to this union 2 children were born, Carla and Robert W. They were married 11 years when he passed away leaving her to raise the 2 children. She loved music and baking goodies. She was a helpful and caring person. She had many jobs in her lifetime. During WW II she worked at the Arsenal in New Brighton. After that she worked as housekeeper and nanny for the two most prominent families in the Twin Cities (at that time) in the early 1960’s, namely Louis Paper of Paper Calmenson of St. Paul and John Cowels of Minneapolis Star Tribune. Later she took work helping elderly folks in their homes five years before retiring. In 1982 she moved to the Golden Oaks Apartments. In the early 80’s she did some traveling, a trip to Alaska, several countries in Europe, plus some of the United States. She has lived at the Golden Oaks Apartments for 27 years. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, brother, sister, granddaughter and nephew. She is survived by her daughter, Carla Chell; sister, Bernice Melquist and her husband Edward; sister-in-law, Dorothy Schutte; daughter-in-law, Eileen Johnson; 7 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Memorial services will be held at Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, WI on Friday, November 20th at 10:00 a.m. Time for visiting with the family will begin at 9:00 a.m. Rev. Andy McDaniel will be officiating. Music will be provided by organist, Linda Pederson and soloists, Alma Karels and Louise Klawitter. Honorary Pallbearers are grandchildren: Dennis Chell, Carol Davis, Cathy Jones, Rob Johnson, Ron Johnson, Cheryl Miller and Carmen Green. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery in Grantsburg. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic, Wisconsin was entrusted with funeral arrangements. For information call 715-327-4475.

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