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Patricia Ann Johnson

March 18, 1925 - April 12, 2019
From: Spencer, IA
Patricia  Ann Johnson

Patricia Ann Johnson

Born: March 18, 1925
Died: April 12, 2019
Age: 94

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Patricia 'Pat' Johnson, wife of Magnus Johnson.

Pat was born on March 18, 1925 in Clay County. She was the second oldest of six children born to Omer and Marguerite (Parks) O’Hearn: Eugene O’Hearn, Pat, Joan Koenig, Janet Koenig, Janice Schultz, and Jacqueline Sorensen. Pat attended Summit Township #8 country school through the 7th grade and went on to graduate from Spencer High School in 1943. While growing up on the farm west of Spencer, Pat could be found helping with chores and tending her younger siblings. She participated in 4-H as a young girl. Pat also had fond memories of going to the Clay County Fair every year. A fried chicken picnic was always part of the fun.

     On May 8, 1943 Pat was united in marriage to Magnus (Mag) Johnson in Sioux City, IA with close friends, Clarence and Mary Bendlin attending. They made their lifetime home in Spencer. They were blessed with two daughters: Judith (Melven) Janeksela and Linda (Kent) Patterson, 3 grandchildren (Bret and Amy Janeksela and Maggie Patterson), and 4 great-grandchildren (Caleb, Connor, Joshua, and Chloe), all very special to her. When her daughters were growing up Pat kept busy with sewing for them, being a Girl Scout leader, working at the original Ice Cream Sandwich stands at the Clay County Fair, Birthday Club, and in later years worked with the Genealogical Society in Spencer. After purchasing McPherson Grocery in 1961, Magnus and Pat worked hard to keep Johnson’s Grocery running for 43 years, meeting so many people, young and old, along the way. During this time, they were both avid followers of SHS sports, plays, and music, and were honored in January 1983 on Fan Appreciation Night as Spencer Tigers #1 Fans. They followed the Tigers to all their out of town games for years. Johnson’s Grocery has a new home now at the Clay County Fairgrounds as a nutty bar stand.

     Pat loved to travel. She and Magnus took in 49 of the 50 U.S. states and all the provinces in lower Canada. Hawaii remained the elusive state. They could be seen on many Farmer’s Bank trips from Jackpot Junction to an Alaskan cruise. During her trips Pat would purchase an ornament to remember that special place to grace her Christmas tree each year. Another collection you would find when visiting Pat was her Beanie Babies, some for every holiday and in-between. Before moving to Northshire in 2015, Pat could be seen at Carroll’s Bakery enjoying coffee and a sweet treat sometimes 6 times a week and one time at Hy-Vee.

     Pat really enjoyed the music events at Northshire and those involving children, as well as the special events. She liked striking up conversations with the residents and the friendly staff and aides. She continued to be an avid Cyclones, Hawkeyes, Twins, and Vikings fan.

     She was preceded in death by her husband, Magnus Johnson, her parents, Marguerite and Omer O’Hearn, her brother, Eugene O’Hearn, her sisters, Jacqueline Sorensen, Janice Schultz, Joan Koenig, and her daughter and son-in-law Melven and Judith Janeksela and infant grandsons Brent and Brant Janeksela.

     Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Linda (Kent) Patterson of Linn Grove, IA and granddaughter Maggie of Sioux Falls, SD, granddaughter Amy Janeksela, and great-grandson Caleb of Ely, MN, grandson Bret Janeksela and wife Jennifer and great-grandchildren Connor, Joshua, and Chloe of Winton, MN, sister Janet Koenig of Spencer, IA, and many nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be held 10:30 A.M., Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Warner Chapel in Spencer.
Rev. Curtis Batschelet
Randy Koenig
Marty Koenig
Jeff Koenig
Ed Koenig
Bret Janeksela
Kent Patterson
Visitation will begin 5:00 P.M., Monday with the family present from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Monday Evening at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.
Organist - Eloise Obman

Congregational Hymns
"Morning Has Broken"
"On Eagle's Wings"

Special Music
"Danny Boy"
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa
A lunch and time of fellowship will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer following the graveside services.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:43 AM
“Thoughts and prayers to the Family of Pat.Cherish all the beautiful memories.”
- Deborah Helmke
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 9:49 PM
“So sorry to hear about Pat. She was one great lady. She was always there for everyone. Love, Denny and Kaye Price”
- Dennis and Kaye Price
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 2:38 PM
“I am sorry for your loss. Pat always had a smile and a hug when I would see her. She will be remembered as a genuinely good person. Peace be with you.”
- Michele Freeman
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 12:22 PM
“Linda so sorry for your loss. What wonderful memories I have of East 4Th. God bless.”
- Joan Wimmer
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 12:22 PM
“Linda and family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. I have so many great memories of traveling with your mom and dad that I will always treasure. They were pretty awesome people!!!”
- Julie Schultze
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 5:44 AM
“Dear Linda & family. Pat was absolutely one of the nicest people that you could ever know. She cared so much for others and had a deep love for her family. We extend our deepest, heartfelt sympathy for your loss. She will be missed. May God's love surround you and help ease your sorrow.”
- Sharon & Milo Allen
Monday, April 15, 2019 at 5:44 AM
“Linda sorry to hear of your loss. Your mom was such a neat lady. I always enjoyed visiting with her when in hospital. She was so lucky to have you , cherish the memories Gretchen Funk. ”
- Gretchen Funk
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 6:24 PM
“So very sorry for your deep loss. She was a great lady, who will be deeply missed. God bless.”
- Margaret Molitor
Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 6:24 PM
“Linda, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I always enjoyed her company in the cab.”
- Jeri Golden
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