Kathleen Ann "Kate" Johnson
Kathleen Ann "Kate" Johnson, 77, of Robbinsdale, MN, died Thursday evening, May 9, 2019, after a long courageous battle with ALS, with her loved ones by her side.
Kate was born in Superior, WI, December 9, 1941, the daughter of James D. and Dorothy G. (Archambault) Murray. She graduated from Central High School in 1960, and went on to earn her LPN at Superior Vocational School. She then moved to Edina, MN, where she was employed at Methodist Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center. Continuing her education, while working, she earned her RN at Normandale Community College, specializing as an Operating Room Nurse, and later years, as a traveling O.R. Nurse. She loved touring the country and did so for many years.
After retirement Kate bought land in Gordon, WI on the Eau Claire River, cleared the land by herself, had a small cabin built and resided there for several years.
She loved the arts and was an avid knitter, sewer, interior decorator, loved classical music, and had a lovely singing voice. Quality family time was at the top of her list, as were walks in the woods with her great granddaughter, Malia, (the apple of her eye). She enjoyed the outdoors, skiing, golfing and bicycling.
Kate was a kind, thoughtful, loving, compassionate and giving person. She frequently helped those in need, people she met along life's journey. She dedicated her life to the service of others. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her.
Survived by her mother; her daughter, Michele (Norman) Trapp; grandson, Tracey (Gisel) Rivers; granddaughter, Meghan Lindgren; great granddaughter, Malia Lindgren; great grandson Elijah Pasillas; brothers John Murray, William Murray, Donald (Carrie) Murray, Steven (Sue) Murray, Tracey (Mary Kay) Murray; many nieces and nephews; and her ex-husband William E. Johnson.
Preceded in death by her father; son, Paul Johnson; brother Michael Murray; sister, Jane Fonger; brothers, Dennis Murray, Timothy Murray; and a special nephew, Mickey Fonger.
Our deepest appreciation goes out to the nurses and staff at Aftenro Home in Duluth, for loving Kate, and accepting her into their hearts as family. They gave her exceptional care, treated her with dignity, and helped to make her last days happy and comfortable.
Father Andrew Ricci will be offering memorial mass at Cathedral Christ the King, 1111 Belknap Street, Superior WI, Tuesday, May 28, at 11am, with visitation at 10:30am.
In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the ALS association.