Judith Johnson

Obituary of Judith Faye Johnson

Judith “Judy” Faye (Kangas) Johnson 82, of Cloquet, MN, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2022, after a long struggle with Parkinson’s. She was born November 12, 1939, in Cloquet, MN to Oiva and Elvie Kangas. She graduated from Cloquet High School in 1958.


Judy was united in marriage to Laurence “Larry” Johnson on August 9, 1961. They raised their family on Little Grand Lake in Saginaw, MN.


She worked as a librarian and teachers’ aide at AlBrook High School in Saginaw and as a sales associate at Sears in Duluth. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, reading, watching their dogs perform at field trials and attending classic car shows with their 1940 Plymouth. They spent 25 plus years wintering in South Padre Island TX, where they enjoyed walking on the beach, fishing, and hosting family and friends. She especially enjoyed the shenanigans and fun times with her close friends at Birthday Club.


Judy was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, JoAnne Koskela and Mary Ann Sarja; and brother, William “Bill” Kangas.


Judy is survived by her husband of 61 years, Larry; children, Ross (Charlene) Johnson, Greg (Kim) Johnson, Lynnae (John) Hedquist; grandchildren, Briana Johnson, Kayla (Brian) Rankila, Elsie Johnson, Kyle (Alex) Johnson, Shawna Johnson (Matt Snell), Katie (Chad) Hildebrand, Kelsey Hedquist; great grandchildren, Clifford (CJ) Johnson, Baby Boy Johnson (due 11/2022), Baby Girl Hildebrand (due 01/2023); and sister, Kathy Kangas


To honor her wishes, no funeral will be held. The family will hold a “Celebration of Life” during the summer of 2023 at the family cabin in Meadowlands.  Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, Cloquet.  To sign the guest book and leave an online tribute, see www.atkinsnorthlandfuneralhome.com.

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