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.