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Sundahl Lutheran Church
Saturday April 9th, 2022

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Friday April 8th, 2022
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Joanne Johnson

Joanne Johnson, 89, of Aneta, ND passed away Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood, ND. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 9, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Sundahl Lutheran Church in Aneta. A visitation will be held Friday, April 8, 2022, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Burial will be held at Silent Hill Cemetery, rural Aneta.

Joanne Lusty was born June 14, 1932, at rural Bemidji, MN, near Solway, MN. She was the 5th child of William and Sophia (Rice) Lusty. At the age of 3, they moved to rural Mentor, MN. She attended LaBelle country school through 5th grade and then went to school in Mentor. Joanne was confirmed in the Mentor Lutheran Church. Her family moved to Oslo, MN and she graduated from Oslo High School in 1950. After graduation, Joanne moved to Aneta. She attended hairdressing school in Fargo in 1951 and worked in hair salons in Mayville and Aneta throughout the years.

In 1951, Joanne married the love of her life, Freeman Johnson. She became a farm wife and raised her family in Ora township. Randall in 1953, Jeffrey in 1955, Mary in 1961, and Nancy in 1963. Her nephews, Jon and Joe Lusty, lost their parents, Gorden and Bev (Berman) Lusty, and came to live with them in 1976. All the children graduated from Aneta High School. Freeman passed away in 2003 and Joanne continued to live on the farm for 10 years before moving into an apartment in Aneta in 2013.

Joanne taught Sunday School for 25 years and served on the Sundahl Church Council as treasurer and financial/secretary. She wintered in Texas and Arizona for 28 years. Joanne’s faith in the Lord was strong and she was witnessing to people right up until her death. She was active in the Aneta American Legion and Silent Hill Cemetery Auxiliary, homemakers, and other community activities. After her children grew up, she started Joanne’s Wearable Art and attended many craft shows.

Survivors include her sons: Randy (Debbie) of Aneta and Jeff (Sheri Hallgren) of Hatton, ND; daughters: Mary (Doug) Mahan, McVille, ND; Nancy (Cory) Berg, Pierre, SD; nephews: Jon (Deb) Lusty, Luverne, MN, and Joe Lusty, West Fargo, ND; brother, David Lusty, Dewitt, MI; sisters-in-law, Lu Lusty, Minot, ND; Arlene Eisenbeis, Hillsboro, ND; grandchildren: Amy (Lane), Emily (Yohanna), Isaiah (Torrie), Stacey (John), Patrick, Lindsey (Jon), Marisa (Chris), Craig (Kelly), Alexa (Scott), Connor, Katie, Emma, and Corbin; great-grandchildren: Lyric, Talia, Sorren, Cecelia, Sydney, Chance, Zane, Ava, Otto, Carson, Anika, Brenden, Teagan, Tucker, Jensen, Lillie, Madison, Elias, Rania, Mya, and one on the way; She is also survived my several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Freeman in 2003; sister, Adeline in 1986; brother, Eber, killed in WWII in 1943; brother, Gorden in 1976 at the age of 51; brother, Gene in 2020; her mother, Sophia in 1976, and her father, William in 1989. 

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Aunt Joann was a link to my mother, Adeline Lusty Holter. I always recall my days in the home of Swede and Joann with pleasure.
I will always miss them both.
Our condolences to her entire family. Her contributions to this world are immense! 💕

Tandy Belt Apr 13 2022 8:49 AM

Sorry for your loss. I remember your mom well. My mom and I try to get to the shows to see her and visit. She is an angel now looking over you all. Julie Powell Froemke of Fargo.

Julie Froemke Apr 6 2022 8:09 PM

Much sympathy in the loss of such a dear lady.

Pam Retzlaff Apr 6 2022 12:59 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joanne Johnson

Pam Retzlaff Apr 6 2022 12:57 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joanne Johnson

Kevin & Dianne Berg Apr 6 2022 10:17 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joanne Johnson

Ellen Ringdahl Apr 6 2022 7:17 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joanne Johnson

Chaplain Dean Lyste Apr 5 2022 5:42 PM

May God comfort you as you grieve the loss of Joanne ! She was such a nice lady and now she is home with our Savior. How joyous that must be. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless and comfort all of you.

Carol Larsgaard Apr 5 2022 1:53 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joanne Johnson

Larry and Adell Fellmet- Our sincere sympathy and prayers for your great loss. Apr 5 2022 12:07 AM

May God's blessings of strength and peace be with you, Joanne's family, in your time of loss. What a joyous heavenly reunion must be happening about now!!

Paul and Diane Huso Apr 4 2022 9:15 PM

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