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Kathleen Johnson

Kathleen Delores Johnson, 96, of Northwood, ND, died on December 22, 2020, at Northwood Deaconess Health Center.  A private family service will be held on Saturday, December 26, at Bilden-Askew funeral home in Northwood.

Kate Knudson was born June 15, 1924.  She attended the Lind District School, where she was presented with a perfect attendance pin on her graduation.  Upon the start of WWII, Kate temporarily left North Dakota to serve as a “Government Girl” in Washington DC supporting our country by helping process forms and requisitions.  Kate had the opportunity to return to DC in 2007, where she thoroughly enjoyed seeing the street on which she lived and all of the local sites.  Kate began working at Northwood State Bank in 1943, where she gained lifetime friends.  Upon her retirement, she was the longest tenured bank employee.   

Kate married Ernie Johnson on January 20, 1945 in Grand Forks, ND, and they raised their five children in Northwood.

Kate enjoyed countless hours with her family, entertaining them at Golden Lake and many of them in Hawaii where she and Ernie wintered for years.  Along with time at the lake and in Hawaii with family and friends, Kate loved a great manicure and having her nails painted.  Ernie and Kate were faithful members of the NELC congregation.

Kate is survived by her daughters Marilyn (Skip) Gronhovd, Louise Ostlie, Karen (Lyle) Ness, Renee (Rick) Johnson; son Rick (Karen) Johnson; grandchildren: Rondi (Tanner) Eggenberger, Holly Gronhovd, Scott (Stephanie) Ostlie, Lori (Chad) Verke, Stacy (Erick) Brekke, Nancy (Zach) Noreen, Todd (Adonica) Good, Annie (Rob) Nagengast, Peter Ness, Rachel Ness, Heidi (Jason) Gader, and Christine (Shawn) Gaffney; and 21 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernie; her parents Kernell and Christine (Beck) Knudson; brother, Gayle (Florence) Knudson; and son-in-law Darryl Ostlie.

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I just watched the video tribute...it was beautiful What a legacy one woman can create; filled with so many smiles and so much love. May those memories sustain you and give you peace.
With my love to all the family,

Cindy Abalayan Dec 26 2020 12:00 AM

Kate and Ernie were definitely two of the best and dearest friends that Hollis and I ever had. We had many moves when we lived in Northwood and they were always on hand to help us. We kept in contact over the 54 years since we left Northwood and truly treasured their love and friendship.

Bev quamme Dec 26 2020 12:00 AM

One fond memory that comes to mind are the great slumber parties your folks allowed us to have in your basement, Karen They were so patient and never once told us to quiet down....and with a bunch of girls, you KNOW it had to be loud.

Debby Berg Haugen Dec 23 2020 12:00 AM

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