OBITUARY: Phyllis Elaine Johnson

Johnson, Phyllis Elaine Lillegren, age 85 of Maple Grove,

December 11, 1925 – May 18, 2011. Phyllis Elaine was born to John Alfred Lillegren and Ellen Marie (Johnson) Lillegren in Oxford Township, Isanti County, Minnesota December 11, 1925. She was their only child. She was baptized and confirmed in Salem Lutheran Church (near Stacy, MN).

Phyllis and Bernard were married on July 9, 1949 in Salem Church. Phyllis received her elementary education in the Isanti County rural schools, graduating from North Branch High School in 1943 and from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in 1948. In addition to being a homemaker, she was a nurse at Miller Hospital in St. Paul, the College Health Nurse at Golden Valley Lutheran College in Golden Valley, and Infection Control Nurse in several long term care facilities.

Phyllis and Bernard lived in Colorado, England, Indiana, and Minnesota.

She is survived by her husband, Bernard; children, Daniel Bernard, married to Patricia with three children: Brent, Reid, and Camille; David Michael with his son, Bernard; and Debra Ellen, married to Michael Zaic and their three daughters, Alexandra, Megan, and Hattie. She is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Jane Johnson, Myron and Beatrice Johnson, Gerda and Jon Scheele, Bernice Johnson, Edward and Carol Johnson, Pastor Harvey and Pauline Johnson, together with nephews and nieces too numerous to mention here.

Phyllis served the church as a Sunday School and Midweek School teacher; a Bethel Bible Class teacher; and as a choir member. She was an accomplished pianist, led the family in singing, and often played for special services at which her husband presided. She also assisted him in selecting hymns for worship services, and she chose the hymn’s for her service.

Memorial service 11 AM Monday, May 23, 2011 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 7401 County Rd. 101, Maple Grove with visitation one hour prior to the service at church.

Memorials may be directed to Lord of Life Lutheran, Maple Grove or to Salem Lutheran Church, North Branch, MN.

David Lee Funeral Home
Wayzata 952-473-5577

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