Dorothy (Dotty) Ann Johanson, 93, of Thompson, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at the Timely Mission Nursing Home in Buffalo Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson with the Pastor Judy Wozniak officiating. Burial will be in East Chain Lutheran Cemetery in Martin County, MN.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson.
Dorothy Ann Cole was born on January 7, 1923 in Roland, Iowa to I.M. and Ella Cole. She was baptized at the Bergen Lutheran Church in Roland, Iowa and graduated from Ames High School in Ames, Iowa in 1940. She attended Iowa State College (now Iowa State University) in Ames, Iowa. Dotty married Dr. Lawrence V. (Doc) Johanson on May 2, 1943 in Roland, Iowa.
Dotty lived in Vernon, Texas from 1943 to 1947 while Doc served in the United States Army. After his military service ended, Doc and Dotty moved to Thompson, Iowa where Doc practiced veterinary medicine and Dotty assisted in managing his office.
Dotty was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church from the time she moved to Thompson and was active in many church groups. She was also involved in a variety of community organizations and activities. Dotty enjoyed playing bridge, painting, swimming, cooking, baking, entertaining, and spending time with family, particularly at their cabin on the Whitefish Chain near Crosslake, Minnesota.
Dotty is survived by her three sons, Douglas L. Johanson of Winnebago, Minnesota, Steven L. (Valerie) Johanson of Forest City, Iowa, and Kent A. (Suzanne) Johanson of Estero, Florida, five grandchildren, Dr. Christopher J. (Sunni Sandovel) Johanson, Jonathan W. Johanson, Kirsten E. Johanson, Jordan P. Johanson, and Davis L. Johanson, one great-grandchild, Nicolas D. Johanson, and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 71 years, her sisters, Charlotte Eggland, Esther Goheen, Alice Krock, her brother, David Cole, and her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth A. Wohlenhaus Johanson.