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September 19, 2020

7/22/2020 9:59:00 AM
Sigfried Lydia (Kulseth) Johnson

Sigfried Lydia (Kulseth) Johnson, daughter of John and Martha (Hammer) Kulseth was born Oct 6, 1914, on the home farm in Jackson County, Christiana Township.
She was baptized and confirmed at Bethany Lutheran Church in rural Bergen where she was a lifelong member. Sigfried was an active member of Bethany over her lifetime. She taught Sunday School, and Release Time, sang in many groups including the choir, Ladies sextet, she also played the piano for Sunday School and for many years was the organist for the church.
Lefse making was a joy for Sig. When the ladies of the church got together to make lefse she would be found faithfully rolling out and cooking dozens of the tasty rounds.
Her early education was in District 26 known as the Bergen school. Sig graduated from Windom High School in 1933. Following graduation she attended Windom Teacher Training. She taught for a number of years at the rural school near Bergen.
Sigfried married Harold Neuman Johnson on Aug. 21, 1937. Following their marriage, they lived in Belmont Township where they farmed Harold's home farm. Sigfried and Harold were blessed with three children: Kenneth Johnson, Marilyn (Nasby) and Lowell Johnson. They farmed until Harold's death in 1966.
Following Harold's death Sigfried moved to Jackson where she remained until her passing.
Sigfried worked at the Good Samaritan Home for 35 years. Following her retirement from Good Sam she continued to volunteer in many capacities. She helped out in the Lighthouse, played bingo with the residents and stuffed letters at Good Sam. She held the babies at ECFE and helped at other organizations well into her 90s. Staying active is what kept her strong and able to live independently into her 100s.
Grandma loved her grandchildren and enjoyed being part of their activities. She was often seen at football, wrestling, and basketball games as far back as the 1970s and '80s and that continued with her great-grandchildren at the Jackson High School as well. She especially liked band and choir concerts, as music was a big part of her life.
One of the highlights of her life was a 1987 trip to Norway with her sister Borghild (Bugs), daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Mark Nasby, and grandson Brian. She was able to see the major cities and attractions, but her favorite part was being able to visit with her mother's relatives and visit the church her family attended.
Sigfried is survived by:
Kenneth's family: Mark (Rachel) Johnson, Brandon (Kellie) Johnson, Kirsten (Tim) Lee, Kelsey (Leigh) Hansen, Halle Jo, Luke, Rhett Johnson, Brian (Carla) Johnson, Sarah (Jim) Masterson, Rachel Johnson, Isaac Johnson, Paul Johnson Anaheim, Mitchel Hieronimus, Hannah Johnson, Kaitlin Johnson, Noah Johnson;
Marilyn's Family: Phil (Holly) Nasby, Elizabeth Nasby, Mark (Taylor) Nasby, Peter Nasby, Kathryn Nasby, Carla (Paul) Sollie, Kristine (Ben) Molnar, Danae Sollie, Diane (Mike) Sabba, Justin Sabba, Ashley (John) Meyers, Jessica Saba, Hunter Saba, Douglas Nasby, Meghan Nasby, Sam Nasby;
Lowell's Family: Michelle Fox Johnston, Lauren (Trey) Chumbley, Samantha (Nate) Magill, Emily Fox, Wyatt Fox, Lisa (Mike) Hills, Kawner Henderson, Taylor (Tyler) Beaman, Kaleb Hills, Erik Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Michael (Linda) Brennan;
13 great-great-grandchildren; daughters-in law, Barbara Johnson, Lynn Wittmeier; and son-in-law, Mark Nasby; as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Johnson; father and mother, John and Martha; brothers: Thorvald (Millie) Kulseth, Palmer (Avis) Kulseth, Chelber "Manley" (Phyllis) Kulseth, Elvin (Ruth) Kulseth, Johan "Johnny" (Ila) Kulseth; sisters: Josie (Perry) Paulson, Borghild "Bugs" (Lyle) Hoovel, Beatrice "Tootie" (Calmer) Borsgard; her sons, Kenneth and Lowell; and daughter, Marilyn.
Blessed be the memory of Sigfried Lydia Johnson.

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