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Ilene M Johnson, 86

Ilene M Johnson was born in Strathcona to the late Nels and Bertina (Olson) Strandberg on April 15, 1932.  She attended school in Detroit, MI and later in Edina, MN before returning to the Strathcona community with her parents.  Ilene worked on the Conrad and Alma Olson farm for a while before being united in marriage to Glenn Johnson on December 23, 1950 at First Lutheran Church in Middle River and the two continued to make their home in the Strathcona community for a year.  She and Glenn then moved to Stephen, MN in 1962 where she was employed with American Crystal Sugar as a lab technician for 10 years.  She and Glenn then moved to Warroad, MN in 1977 where she worked for Marvin Windows and Doors and later to Grand Forks, ND in 1982 where she worked for Peggy’s Hallmark.  She and Glenn moved to Fargo where they resided for 5 years before retiring and moving back to Warroad.  Glenn passed away July 12, 2016 and Ilene continued to make her home in Warroad until entering Northern Horizon Homes in Roseau on February 16, 2018 where she passed away at the age of 86 years, 7 months and 5 days.
Ilene was a past member for the American Legion Auxiliary Post in Stephen, First Lutheran Ladies Aid in Stephen and First Lutheran Church in Middle River.
She enjoyed music, playing the organ, and spending time with her family and friends.
 Ilene is survived by her daughter Judy (Steven) Oxton of San Tan Valley, AZ. Her son Donny (Cheryl) Johnson of Roseau, Grandchildren: Jesse Olson, Jayce (Emily), Adrian (Ashley), and Rory Oxton, Trever Johnson, Tommy (Jennifer) Gladowski, and Dawn Gladowski, Great Grandchild Fiona Oxton,  along with many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Brothers Dile, Ervind and Blaine (in infancy), Sister in laws Odella Strandberg, Luella Strandberg and Josie Hanson, Brother in laws Teddy Johnson and Norman Strandberg.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Middle River.
Visitation will be held after 6PM, Monday, at Collins Funeral Chapel in Middle River with a prayer service at 7PM.  Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services at the church.
Interment services will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in Strathcona following services.
Arrangements are with Collins Funeral Home of Greenbush.
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