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Linda Kay Johansen
September 5, 1946 - May 4, 2018

Linda Kay Johansen.jpgLinda Johansen was born September 5, 1946 in Pipestone, Minnesota to Kelmer and Wanda Booth Hellie.  She grew up in Pipestone and graduated from Pipestone High School in 1964.  Upon graduation she attended business school and worked in Minneapolis, MN. Later, she worked for Federal Savings and Loan in Pipestone and eventually Slayton. On January 14th, 1967 Linda Hellie and Craig Johansen were married at the Lutheran Church in Pipestone, MN.  They made their home near Hadley, MN where they farmed side by side through their 51 years of marriage.  Linda was a fun, caring and loving woman who was easy to talk to and quick to laugh. She loved spending time with her family and friends, from big holiday gatherings to a simple dinner out. She especially enjoyed being a grandma, and was immensely proud of each of her grandchildren. Linda also loved being outside, her dogs, animals (but not mice or raccoons!), feeding and working cattle, field work, meticulously caring for her lawn, bird watching, motorcycling, and the annual trip she and Craig made to their winter home in Texas where they enjoyed exploring the area on their motorcycle and had developed many new friendships. Linda was also an active and longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Slayton. She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Sanford Specialty Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD from complications stemming from a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 71.

She is survived by her husband, Craig Johansen of Hadley, MN, two sons, Doug (Kate) Johansen of Worthing, SD and Chris (Stacy) Johansen of Canby, MN, four grandchildren Whitney (Josh) Long, Wyatt Johansen, McKinley Johansen and Mitchell Johansen, one brother, Ronald (Karen) Hellie of Pipestone, MN, two brothers-in-law, Kevin (Gail) Johansen, and Donald Gass, all of Slayton, MN, and numerous nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, Kelmer and Wanda Hellie, father and mother-in-law, Roy and Frances Johansen, brother-in-law, Douglas Johansen, sister-in-law, Joanne Gass, great-niece, Lacey Gilb and uncle, Orville Hellie.

Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Slayton, MN on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. with Dave Hollis officiating.  The organist is Nola Aanenson with special music by Sue Muck.  The pallbearers are Whitney Long, Wyatt Johansen, McKinley Johansen, Mitchell Johansen, Lee Gass, and Matt Johansen.  Interment is at Slayton Memorial Gardens in Slayton, MN.   

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton from 4-7 p.m. and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Wednesday.  To send condolences visit totzkefuneralhome.com

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