Delphine Mae (Saumer) Johnson was born Aug. 1, 1933 to William and Albina (Franta ) Saumer in Royalton Township near Pine City. She grew up on the farm with her siblings Andrew, Robert, Mary Alice and Lucy. They worked hard, but played too.
After high school she took a secretarial/bookkeeping class and worked at an insurance company in St. Paul. She had a keen mind for numbers.
She moved with the family to California for a while and then back to Minnesota. Shortly after returning, she met and married Gordon Johnson and her family grew to include Gordon’s sons Wayne, Jim and Brian.
Delphine enjoyed playing cards, pull tabs, traveling and having friends and family at their home.
She leaves friends, family, children and grandchildren who will remember her well and remember the blessing of her. A long life shared with us, well lived, her way!
Delphine died Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014 at her home in Pine City. She was 81 years old.
She was preceded in death by her parents William and Albina Saumer, her husband Gordon H. Johnson, step-son Wayne Johnson, sister Mary Alice Stoffel and sisters-in-law Ella Saumer and Joanne Saumer.
Delphine is survived by her daughters: Nancy (John) House of Bellingham, Washington, Ruth Ann Mollberg (Craig Emerson) of Sandstone; step-sons: Jim (Sara) Johnson of Anoka, Brian (Melanie) Johnson of Andover; step-daughter-in-law Cheri (Ken) Southorn of Pine City; grandchildren: Jeff (Sarah) Johnson, Michael (Betsy) Johnson, Susan (Patrick) Corcoran, Rebecca (Dan) Sedlacek, Daniel Johnson, Shanda (Ben) Marker, Erik (Kristi) Johnson, Annika (Josh) Nietz, Alexandra House, Bailey and Brittney Mollberg; thirteen great-grandchildren; sister Lucille Johnson of Pine City; brothers: Andrew Saumer of Pine City, Robert Saumer of Mesa, Arizona, William Saumer of Pine City and former brother-in-law Walt Johnson of Pine City.
Monsignor Aleksander Suchan celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pine City. Music was provided by Paul and Teena Bacigalupi and Laura Gamache Saumer. Casketbearers were Steve Saumer, Alex Saumer, Joe Saumer, Dan Saumer, David Johnson, Doug Johnson, Jerry Johnson, and Tom Stoffel. Interment was in West Rock Cemetery.
Arrangements are with the Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel; www.funeralandcremationservice.com.