Age 87 of Crookston, died Sept. 27. The funeral will be Oct. 1.

Rose D. Johnson, 87, of the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home, Crookston, MN, and formerly of East Grand Forks, MN, was called home to the Lord, Tuesday morning, September 27, 2011. Rose was born in Grand Forks, ND on December 18, 1923, the daughter of Jacob and Frances (Kotrba) Kresel. She was baptized and confirmed at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Tabor, MN, attended country school near Tabor, and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks. Rose attended Teacher’s Normal Training at Central High School in East Grand Forks, and then taught for two years in local rural schools. She was united in marriage to Aldon Johnson on May 13, 1943 in East Grand Forks and the couple made their home on a farm near East Grand Forks.  Three children were born to their union: Eileen, Gwen, and Jerrol. Rose later attended Aaker’s Business College in Grand Forks. She moved to Crookston in the late 1970s and was employed by the Villa St. Vincent Nursing Home in the dietary and laundry departments for many years until her retirement. Rose was a very kind, caring, and gentle lady. She enjoyed crocheting, and it was known by many that she made the nicest potholders and clothes hangers. As a longtime resident of the Summit Apartments and Nursing Home, Rose was much beloved by the Villa staff and her many special friends in residence. She also treasured a lifelong friendship shared with her sister-in-law, Alice Kresel, and Alice’s family. Rose will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all who were part of her life.

Rose is survived by 2 daughters: Eileen (Gary) Lian, of Warroad, MN and Gwen (Mike) Danielson, of Fertile, MN; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Johnson of St. Thomas, ND; 10 grandchildren: Nicole (Reed) Engelstad of Red Lake Falls, MN, Crystal (Mike) Goulet of Watford City, ND, Jennifer (Derek) Ewald of Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Canada, Kailee (Zach) Hallett of Warroad, Robbi (Shawna) Landsrud of Benson, MN, Rick Landsrud of Grygla, MN, Reid (Kashia) Landsrud of Mentor, MN, Justin Johnson of  Portland, Oregon, Jesse (Jessica) Johnson of Grand Forks, ND, and Callie Johnson of St. Paul, MN. She also leaves 14 great-grandchildren: Brianna (Randy) Melby, Lindsey Goulet, Cody and Megan Ewald, Rylee and Drake Engelstad, Cade and Mia Hallett, and Elizabeth, Garrett and Billy Landsrud and their mother, Jann, Teagan and Sierra Landsrud and their mother Jodi Wahl, and Vincent Landsrud; a great-great grandaughter, Josephine Landsrud; a sister-in-law, Caroline Kresel of Elk River, MN; a brother-in-law, Don Drosky of TX; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Rose was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Frances; a son, Jerrol Johnson; a grandson, Dallas Johnson; 3 brothers: Anton (Mary), Jim, and Frank (Alice) Kresel; and 5 sisters: Mary (Arnold) Schulz, Matilda (Francis) Boyer, Frances Drosky, and two young sisters, Dorothy and Emily. May God richly bless Rose’s memory.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Rose Johnson will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2011, in the Chapel of the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston, with The Very Rev. Bob Schreiner, presiding. Visitation will be at the Villa for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery at Tabor, MN.