LAKE MILLS - Austina Johnson, age 100 of Lake Mills, died Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Lake Mills Care Center.
As per her wishes, her body has been cremated. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson with Pastor Mark Decker officiating. Visitation will be held an hour prior to service at the church. Inurnment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Thompson.
Austina Johnson, the daughter of Osmund and Andrine (Knutson) Tungesvik, was born on November 12, 1910, on the family farm near Radcliffe, Iowa. On May 6, 1929, she was united in marriage to Mandius (M.O.) Johnson in Adel, Iowa. The couple resided in McCallsburg for a short time, later moving to Radcliffe where M.O. operated a corn shelling and trucking business. In 1945 they moved to a farm near Thompson where they farmed and raised their family of seven children.
Austina was busy with her large garden, flowers, farming and raising hundreds of chickens and selling eggs. She also made many hand stitched quilts, tied quilts, and braided rugs that her family enjoyed receiving as gifts. Austina was very active in her church, Bethany Lutheran, in her circle, Ladies Aid, and organizing the quilting projects each winter for several years. She also was active in the JFF Club and the Young at Heart Club in Thompson. She enjoyed spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.
M.O. and Austina enjoyed taking road trips around the country visiting family and seeing the sights. In 1969 they started building their retirement home in town and moved in December of 1970 in time to enjoy Christmas. In 1984, Austina and twelve Tungesvik family members made a 15 day tour to Norway where her father grew up and visited their Norwegian family. Austina's son Ronald was her caregiver for five years so she could stay in her home as long as possible. In 1997 when she broke her hip, she then entered the Lake Mills Care Center.
Austina is survived by her seven children: Marcella Hauan of Sioux Falls, SD; Joan Jacobson of Thompson, IA; Lois (Morris) Bjornsen of Blue Earth, MN; Ronald Johnson of Bullhead City, AZ; Dorothy (Ralph) Zenker of Escanaba, MI; Sharon (Freeman) Fox of Garner, IA and Linda Brandau of Nora Springs, IA. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 44 years, Mandius, on October 25, 1973, four sons-in-law, Ray Hauan, Edwin Jacobson, Kjell Bjornsen and Harlan Brandau, two sisters, Bertha and Mabel and four brothers, Andrew, Omer, Jacob and Silas.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Lake Mills Care Center for the excellent care they gave Mom these past 14 years.
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