In Loving Memory of
Joyce Bernice Johnson
Joyce Johnson was born May 25, 1931 in Ellsworth, Minnesota to William and Bena Aeilts Herding. The family lived on farm near Rock Rapids, IA, until 1936 when they moved to a farm south of Hadley, MN and later moved into Hadley. On January 31, 1953 she and Richard Johnson were married in Hopkins, MN. Following their marriage, they built a house in Hadley, it would be their home for the next 62 years. Joyce worked at S & L in Slayton, for Dr. Patterson, the Hadley Store and Post Office, Nordins Supervalu in Slayton and at the Farmer Elevator in Hadley. Dick passed away on December 13, 2015. Joyce passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at her home at the age of 89. She was a member of the Hadley Lutheran Church where she was active in the ladies’ aid, taught Sunday school and was a member of the Alter Guild. Joyce also was a member of the Slayton VFW Auxiliary where she served as Treasurer. Joyce enjoyed spending time with her family, watching her grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s activities, bowling, bus casino trips, and watching the Minnesota Twins and the Hadley Buttermakers.
Survivors include her two daughters, Jolene Dierks and Bonnie Petersen and her husband, Tim all of Hadley, MN, five grandchildren and their spouses, Brad and Tessa Dierks, Mandy and Matt Prairie, Jackie and Darren Veldhuisen, Caitlyn and Nick Harmsen and Alex and Jessica Petersen, 11 great-grandchildren and baby Harmsen on the way, two siblings, Joan Peterson of Northfield, MN, and Butch Herding and his wife Kathy of Hadley, MN. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Dick, four brothers, Eugene, Dale “Son”, Dennis and Curtis Herding, and one sister, Marlys Hromatko.
Hadley Lutheran Church in Hadley, MN on Monday, April 5, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Robert Ossefort officiating. The pianist is Mary Borgstahl. The pallbearers are Brad Dierks, Jackie Veldhuisen, Mandy Prairie, Caitlyn Harmsen, Alex Petersen and Aidan Dierks. Interment is at Highland Home Cemetery in Hadley. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, GUESTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK and practice social distancing guidelines.
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