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Barbara J Johnson

December 19, 1932 December 6, 2020
Barbara J Johnson
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Barbara “Barb” Johnson, age 87, of Harmony, MN passed away peacefully Sunday, December 6, 2020 at the Regional Health Services Hospital in Cresco, IA.  A private family service is planned, followed by burial in Greenfield Cemetery, Harmony. 

Barbara Joan Johnson was born December 19, 1932 in Portland, Oregon to Henry and Margaret (Lehr) Weitzel.  She graduated from Jefferson High School in Portland in 1950.  Following one year of college, she chose her first love of dancing at the Vancouver Dance Studio, and then danced professionally around the west coast and Alaska with her Dance Troupe out of Portland, Oregon.  In 1951 Barb met the love of her life, Richard Johnson, while he was living in the Portland area with his family.  They were married in Portland, Oregon on December 12, 1953.  They moved to Richard’s hometown of Harmony, MN in 1955, where Barb started her first dance studio in Harmony and surrounding communities.  After 42 years teaching dance to many generations of young dancers, she retired in 1994.  Barb Johnson’s Dance Studio is a name people in the southeastern area of MN know very well.  Barb was also involved in the Greenfield Lutheran Women’s group, and treasurer of the Community Chest in Harmony for many years.  While Barb’s biggest love was spending time with her family, she also enjoyed gardening, cooking, needlework, watching musicals and Vikings/Twins, and travel.  Barb and Dick spent many fun vacations with brother Dick and sister-in-law Marilyn. 

Barb is survived by her three children: Melodee (Robert) Muehlenkamp of Rosemount, MN, Nacia (Scot) Golliher of Stewartville, MN and Bill (Suzanne) Johnson of Royal Oak, MI; 6 grandchildren: Nicole, Nacia, David, Rick, Derek, Russell; great grandson Colton; two siblings: Dick Weitzel and Dale (Martha) Weitzel. 

Barb was preceded in death by her husband Richard, parents, son Richard “Rick”, sister-in-law Marilyn Weitzel and brother-in-law Gordon Johannsen.

Memorials may be directed to the Greenfield Lutheran Church.

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Cemetery Details


Greenfield Final Resting Place

PO Box 538
Harmony, MN 55939

PO Box 538 Harmony 55939 MN
United States

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