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“Brian, Brent and families, I am saddened to hear of the passing of your Mom, Judy. I'll always remember as a kind, very nice woman who was so very...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Bob Sombke - Alvarado, MN

“So sorry to hear this news - sending my sympathies , prayers & know you are in our thoughts - I'm am certain she was full of pride when thinking of...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Paul Klocek - Wadsworth, IL

“Brian,Brent and families, so sorry for the loss of ypur mother. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 4 | Posted by: Susan M Lofthus - Maylene, AL

“Judy was my godmother and while I have not communicated with her in years, I always kept up on how things were with her through my mom, Bonnie...Read More »
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Judy Jo (Christensen) Johnson, age 77, of Mankato, MN passed away March 17, 2018 at Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center in Mankato. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, MN with Pr. John Mitchem officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 PM, at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Interment will be at Freeborn Cemetery in Freeborn, MN.
Judy was born December 7, 1940 in Albert Lea, MN. The daughter of Harvey L. and Josephine "Jo" (Holland) Christensen, she was baptized and confirmed in the First Congregational Church at Freeborn, MN. Judy was a graduate of Freeborn High School, Freeborn, MN and attended Winona State College, Winona, MN. On September 5, 1959, she married. She had two sons, Brian D. and Brent D. Johnson. Later divorced, and after some years in Ohio, Missouri and Illinois, Judy and her sons returned to Minnesota in 1977. Judy taught Sunday School for over 10 years, was on Church Boards, active in Parent-Teacher Organizations and Insurance Women of Mankato, serving as these groups president at times. Always attending and supportive of her sons school activities and sports, which she very much enjoyed. Judy worked as Administrative Secretary of the Jr.-Sr. High School in Assumption, IL. After returning to Minnesota she worked for Farmers Mutual at Manchester, MN. Upon moving to Mankato, Judy became an insurance agent working for Century Companies of America and then for the Theodore Williams Agency. She also worked for Glenwood Cemetery for over 25 years as bookkeeper and then as Office/Grounds Manager in later years as well as working for the American Legion Post 11. Judy was a member of the Freeborn American Legion Auxiliary for 34 years. She enjoyed working with and helping people and was Power of Attorney and/or Administrator of Estates when needed. Judy's family was always the most important part of her life. She taught her sons the value of education and hard work and supported their endeavors as Brian became a C.P.A. and attorney and Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Hormel Foods in Austin, MN, and Brent became a Doctor of Optometry and owner of Blue Earth Valley Eye Clinic with offices in Blue Earth and Winnebago, MN. Judy had much pride in how hard her sons worked and what they deservingly achieved. She enjoyed her beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren and what they are achieving in their own right.
Judy Jo is survived by her sons: Brian D. and his wife Ann Johnson of Austin, MN and Dr. Brent D. and his wife Michele Johnson of Blue Earth, MN; five granddaughters: Kim (Tom Christner) and Katie Jo Johnson (Brian and Ann's girls) and Kelly (Tom Johnson), Tammy Jo (Kent Winters) and Holly Johnson (Brent's girls); two step-grandsons: Patrick and Chad (Michelle) Schiltz; two great-grandsons: Logan and Noah Johnson, and two step great-granddaughters: Dakota and Mackenzie Schiltz; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and good friend and fishing buddy, Jerry Trio.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents; sister Lois, and her husband Marvin Christiansen; brother Lowell; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. As a memorial to her… give those special people in your life a big hug! It's so important to take time to do so!