Mabel Johnson Obituary

Mabel J. Johnson
Mabel J. Johnson

September 10, 1900 - December 6, 2005
Resided in Johnston, IA


Mabel J. Ogren Johnson, 105, died December 6, 2005 at Bishop Drumm Care Center in Johnston. She was born September 10, 1900, the youngest daughter of Gustaf and Gustava Brandt Ogren. Her parents were Swedish immigrants, who met and married in Des Moines and then moved to a farm near Kiron, Iowa. She graduated from Denison High School in 1919, and taught in several country schools including the one across the road from the family farm where she had attended grade school. She later taught at the Kiron school after attending Des Moines University and Iowa State Teachers College.

She married Byron B. Johnson July 27, 1927, and moved to Ottumwa where she lived for 60 years. She and her husband were partners with his brother and sister-in-law in the Johnson Funeral Chapel. She was very active in her church and local organizations.

Mabel moved to Des Moines in 1987 to be near family, and in June 1997 moved to Estes Park, CO to live with a daughter. In July 2000, she returned to Iowa and had lived at Bishop Drumm since January 2004.

She is survived by three daughters, Beverly Scherling (Dick), Estes Park, CO; M. Virginia Naney (Dick), Urbandale; and Betty Sisk, Topeka, KS; eight grandchildren, Doug Scherling (Sarah), Pam Vendegna (Steve), Barb Glasier (Phil), Steve Naney (Doris) all of Colorado, Lynn Anderson (Mitch) Indianola, Sue Porepp (Randy) Grimes, Ann Torry (Rob) Urbandale and Becky Foerschler (Matt) Kansas; 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron B. Johnson; infant son, Marlyn Dean; grandson, Michael Sisk; son-in-law, Dr. Phillip B. Sisk; her parents, two brothers and eight sisters.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 17 at 1:30 p.m. at her home church, First Lutheran Church, 4th and Jefferson in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Memorials can be made to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Iowa, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550; the Salvation Army in Ottumwa; or First Lutheran Church in Ottumwa.




Ottumwa Lutheran Church
Ottumwa, IA US
Saturday, December 17, 2005
1:30 PM