Lorraine Johnson


Lorraine Johnson, 96, of Spring Grove, MN, died Monday, March 6, 2023, at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, WI. Graveside services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis, SD. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

Lorraine Rosale Freidel was born on October 26, 1926, near Dimock, SD, to Joseph and Mary (Bruske) Freidel. During her childhood, she attended country school and graduated from Ethan High School. On May 3, 1946, she married John Johnson. They raised their family in the Mitchell and Ethan, SD area. In 2006 they moved to Spring Grove, MN. The couple enjoyed taking drives together and vacationing in the Black Hills.

Lorraine devoted her life to taking care of her family and lived her life helping others. She was a member of The United Methodist Church in Ethan. She cleaned the church for many years. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, friends, and large extended family. Because of her acts of kindness and compassion, she truly was a blessing to all who knew her. She was smart, funny, and gave wise advice. She loved to cook, bake, and enjoyed playing cards and games.

Lorraine is survived by her children: Julie Stranger of Mitchell, SD, Mari Jo (Courtney) Clark of Binghamton, NY, Laurice (Mona) Johnson of Rapid City, SD, Lisa (John) Gulbranson of La Crescent, MN, and Amy (Alan) Frydenlund of Spring Grove, MN; sister, Lucille Norwick of Sioux Falls, SD; her beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and many dear nieces and nephews.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, John; two sons, Joseph and Roland; her parents; one granddaughter, Nicole; one grandson, Clint; one great-granddaughter, Miriam; one great-grandson, Eric; brothers, Leonard Freidel and Laurice Freidel; sister, Laurie Tobin; one nephew, Brian Freidel; two nieces, Belinda Freidel and Tina Norwick; sister-in-law, Ramona Freidel; brother-in-law, John (Jim) Tobin; and son-in-law, Brad Boese.

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