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Ellen Johnson

January 6, 2019
Estherville News

A memorial visitation for Ellen Johnson, 66, of Estherville, will be held from 4:30-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, at the Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville.

Ellen Marie Johnson (Bergeson), born on Feb. 22, 1952, to Lester and Muriel Bergeson, departed this life on Jan, 4, 2019, in Estherville, Iowa.

As a child, Ellen lived on a farm near Gruver, Iowa until the family moved to Estherville when she was in grade school. She graduated from Estherville High School in 1970 and attended Iowa Lakes Community College.

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She lived in the Minneapolis suburbs with her husband Tim Heidecker until she moved back to Estherville with her daughters, Jessica and Tara, in 1992.

Ellen worked at Farm Bureau, Good Samaritan and Heartland Americana until she joined the school system as a paraprofessional. She enjoyed working with the teachers and helping the children until her retirement in 2017.

She was united in marriage with Philip Johnson on June 24, 2000. They began their marriage on an acreage northwest of Estherville, until moving to an acreage outside of Sherburn, Minn., in 2004 where they enjoyed raising horses. They moved back to Estherville when Phil became ill in 2009. Phil passed away from his illness in March of 2015.

Ellen loved spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed music and dancing and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was very artistic and could create beautiful floral arrangements and wreaths. Ellen loved to decorate her home and was a wonderful cook. She enjoyed entertaining and made every holiday special for her family, with her beautiful decorations and delicious meals. Christmas was her favorite holiday.

She reunited with her first husband and high school sweetheart, Scott Rasmussen. They enjoyed each other's company and traveling together. They were companions until her passing.

Left to cherish Ellen's memory are her children Jessica (Jason) Romey and Tara (Jon) Hinderks, her sisters Vivian (Dean) Koenecke, Julie (Larry) Clark, her nieces Debra (Mike) Lund, Dawn (Jim) Follese, nephews, Danny (Richelle) Bergeson, Brett (Deb) Bergeson, her sister-in-law Dixie Bergeson, her grandchildren Kade, Holly, Caleb, and Sophie, her companion Scott Rasmussen, best friend Barb (Dale) Nissen, and many loved great nieces and nephews, step-children, and step-grandchildren.

Ellen will live forever in our hearts and memories.



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