Gladys Mae Johnson, age 94, of Lake Lillian, MN, died Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Rice Care Center in Willmar, MN. There will be a graveside service Friday, June 29, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Cemetery in Lake Lillian with Rev. LaDonna Ekern officiating. Arrangements are with K-M Funeral Home in Lake Lillian, MN.
Gladys was born in Blomkest, Minnesota on March 21, 1924 to Charles and Matilda (Hosek) Kostka. She married Martin Johnson (Keno) and together they lived and managed the farmstead in Lake Lillian, Minnesota.
She enjoyed tending to her many gardens, canning what she would harvest, and was always baking. Apple pies were always provided for the church events and she was best known for the Krum Kaka that she would make in masses.
Together they would welcome all the nieces and nephews to spend time on the farm. They shared their love of the land and the farming industry, encouraging the kids to be involved in the daily activities and chores. Whether it was helping out in the fields, or upkeep of the buildings and machinery, or cooking the meals, everyone worked together and then played together. Oftentimes there would be a good game of dice or Yahtzee after the evening meal.
Gladys was a resident of Rice Care Center in Willmar for the past 9 years. We are grateful for the excellent care and love that she received from her Rice Care family. We wish to thank all her caregivers over the years, Rice Hospice, pastors, friends, and relatives who visited.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, sister Lottie Galagan, and brothers Harold, Donald and Thomas. She is survived by her sisters: Lillian Eastlund of Willmar, MN, Dorothy Dehncke of Belview, MN, and Edith Malmanger of St Cloud, MN: her brother Leroy (Anni) Kostka of Bella Vista, Arkansas; her sisters-in-law: Dottie Kostka of Fargo, ND, and Helen Kostka of Willmar, MN; and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving is the Glen Johnson family. Glen was her guardian until his death in 2016. He and Keno grew up together as brothers.
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