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Wendy Johnson

September 22, 1953 — April 29, 2024

Pine City

Wendy Johnson, a beacon of love, compassion, and selflessness, passed away on April 29, 2024, at the age of 70 after bravely battling Alzheimer's disease. She was born on September 22, 1953 to Robert and Helen Foster in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Wendy lived a life that radiated warmth and kindness, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of all who knew her.

Wendy met her beloved husband, Randy, at the Pine Camp Ballroom, where they shared their first dance and embarked on a journey of love and companionship that lasted over 50 years.  During that time, they had three children and four grandchildren.

Wendy graduated from Pine City High School in 1971 and went on to live a life dedicated to service and community. Throughout her life, she dedicated herself to serving others, volunteering her time and talents in numerous roles. She found joy in chaperoning her children's school field trips, enriching the educational experiences of countless young minds. 

She loved being involved in the community.  In 1992, she stepped outside of her comfort zone to join the Pine City Heritage Players' production of "Kiss Me Kate”.

As a mother, Wendy was truly exceptional. She poured her heart and soul into raising her children, nurturing them with love and guiding them with wisdom. She was a pillar of strength and support for her family, always putting their needs above her own. Her dedication to her family was unwavering, and her children were her greatest joy. 

Wendy's commitment to her community was exemplified through her involvement in the Pine Area Lions, where she not only served as a member but also as president. Her dedication to democracy was evident as she served as an election judge for over two decades during local elections.

She shared her faith through teaching Sunday school at Pine City United Methodist Church (UMC) and volunteering in various roles at both UMC and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church of Pine City. In 2003, Wendy's compassion led her to make the first-ever delivery for the non-profit Ruby's Pantry, providing food to those in need, leaving a lasting impact on the recipient and Lyn Sahr, the founder, alike.

A true leader, Wendy helped lead LeadershipPLENTY® training in 2009, equipping Pine Citians with skills to help their community thrive. She also took part in an intergenerational photo-documenting project in Rush City, preserving memories and stories for future generations.

In 2013, Wendy became an inaugural member of the Pine City Area History Association, furthering her dedication to preserving the heritage of her beloved community.

Outside of her volunteer work, Wendy found joy in various activities, including participating in a 500 Card Club, bowling league, attending concerts, baking, watching sunsets, the night sky, and going on drives with her husband while looking for wildlife. She cherished time spent with family and friends, especially her children and grandchildren, whom she adored and considered herself fortunate to babysit after retirement.

Wendy's diverse work history reflected her dedication and versatility. From babysitting at a young age to running her own business, The Cheese House, Wendy approached every endeavor with passion and commitment. She cared for adults with disabilities at Pine County Developmental Achievement Center (now PHASE) and later became a licensed real estate agent, working with several agencies before opening the Pine City office of ERA Muske Company.  She retired as a certifier for Lakes & Pines Community Action Council.

Wendy is survived by husband Randy Johnson of Pine City; children Nathan Johnson of Minneapolis, Natalie (Obi) Paredez, Nick (Bryony) Johnson all of Pine City; beloved grandchildren Merrick Kolashinski, Knox Johnson, Marleni Paredez, Oscar Paredez; siblings, Robert Jr. (Judy) Foster of Grasston, Tom (Angie) Foster of Pine City; brothers-in-law Dick (Sharee) Johnson of Elk River, Ron Johnson of Terry, Montana, Bob (Dorothy) Johnson of Braham; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and cherished friends.

Wendy was preceded in death by her parents Robert Sr. and Helen Foster; brothers Gregory Foster, Scott Foster.

Her memory will forever be cherished, her spirit always remembered.  Rest in peace, dear Wendy. Your legacy of love will continue to shine brightly in our hearts forever. 

In lieu of flowers memorials in Wendy’s memory may be directed to the: 

Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota

4550 West 77th Street, Suite 200

Minneapolis, MN 55435

Family and friends are invited to join in honoring and remembering this remarkable woman whose love and kindness touched countless lives.

Clara Edin will officiate at a memorial service for Wendy at 2:00 PM; Wednesday, May 15, 2024, with visitation one hour prior to the service, all taking place at Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City, Minnesota.  Following the service, there will be a social with dessert and coffee at the Pine City Community Room at 300 5th St SE, until 4:00 PM.

Interment will take place at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

 Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the:   Funeral and Cremation Service of   Pine City ~ Swanson Chapel

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, May 15, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Central time)

Swanson Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service

665 3rd Ave SW, Pine City, MN 55063

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Memorial Service

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Swanson Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service

665 3rd Ave SW, Pine City, MN 55063

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