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1934 Marlene 2016

Marlene Johnson

December 19, 1934 — October 31, 2016

Marlene L. Johnson, 81, of Moorhead, MN, died Monday, October 31, 2016, in Sanford Health, Fargo.

Marlene Lavonne Tostenson was born December 19, 1934, the daughter of Martin and Lucille (Scramstad) Tostenson, in Underwood, MN. She was raised on the family farm near Underwood and graduated from Underwood High School in 1952. After graduation she moved to Norman, OK, to be with her future husband, Merle Johnson. Marlene and Merle were married on January 24, 1953, in Oklahoma City, OK. They moved to Philadelphia, PA, and then to Pensacola, FL, until Merle finished his service to the Navy.

At that time they moved to Fergus Falls, MN, and later settled in Underwood while Merle attended college. They then moved to Moorhead where Merle finished his college degree. Since 1958, Marlene and Merle have made their home in Moorhead, except for the three years Merle taught in Dilworth. For many years, Marlene's parents lived with them in their home in Moorhead.

She was a member of The Lutheran Church of Christ the King in Moorhead. Marlene enjoyed taking care of her home and family, completing word puzzles and loved to care for her pets and sometimes the pets in the neighborhood.

Marlene is survived by her husband of 63 years, Merle; children, Scot (Clydeen) Johnson, Queens Creek, AZ, Sheri (Frank) Johnson-Welch, Fremont, MI, Ron (Lucille) Johnson, Underwood, and Joni (Kyle) Anderson, Moorhead; grandchildren, Robyn (Justin) Enz, Kayla Welch, Jenna Anderson and Kye (Heidi) Anderson; great-granddaughters, Scarlett and Stella Anderson; and brother, James (Debbie) Tostenson, Fergus Falls.

She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.

A Visitation for Marlene will be one hour prior to her funeral service.

Her Funeral Service will be Friday, November 4, 2016, at 11:00 AM, in The Lutheran Church of Christ the King, Moorhead.

Burial will be in Tordenskjold Lutheran Cemetery, rural Underwood, MN.

(Korsmo Funeral Service, Moorhead, MN)


NOV 4. 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CT)

The Lutheran Church of Christ The King

1900 14th St. South

Moorhead, MN 58560

Funeral Service

NOV 4. 11:00 AM (CT)

The Lutheran Church of Christ the King

1900 14th St S

Moorhead, MN 56560

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