Martha “Marian” (Forsberg) Johnson, 94 years of age, of Holdrege, Nebraska

Funeral Services for Marian Johnson will be conducted from the Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Jamie Strickler and Chaplain DeWane Dow, officiating. Interment will be held in the Prairie Home Cemetery at Holdrege following the service.

Martha “Marian” (Forsberg) Johnson, 94 years of age, of Holdrege, passed away on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at the Phelps Memorial Health Center. Marian was born on August 19, 1918 on the family farm two miles south of the Bethany Lutheran Church near Axtell in Kearney County, Nebraska, the 4th of 5 children born to Frans Emil and Jennie Eleese (Benson) Forsberg. As a young child, Marian never liked the name Martha and always went by Marian. She attended the Bethany Lutheran Church, where she was baptized on October 6, 1918. In 1921, the family moved to Holdrege, where she resided the rest of her life. She was confirmed at the Bethel Lutheran Church on July 9, 1933 and continued being a faithful member the remainder of her life. She participated in many church organizations and taught Sunday school for many years.

She received her primary education at Roosevelt School in Holdrege and then graduated from Holdrege High School with the class of 1936. Following her education, Marian worked as a secretary at the Phelps County Creamery (also known as the Omaha Cold Storage).

Marian was introduced to J. Howard Johnson in December of 1943 and they were united in marriage on September 21, 1944 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Holdrege and to this union two children were born: Beverly Joan and James Howard. Marian and Howard’s early married life was spent living on a farm north of Funk, where Howard engaged in farming with his father and brothers.

In 1946, Marian and Howard moved to a farm southwest of Holdrege, where Howard continued to farm and Marian enjoyed the life of a farmer’s wife and homemaker.

Over the years, she was a member of the “Country Coffee Club” and also a group called “The Sewing Club”, where ladies worked on their crocheting, knitting and needle point projects. Marian also enjoyed playing the piano and organ.

In 1975, Howard and Marian moved into Holdrege to the home they built at 1507 Arthur Drive. In January 2011, she began to make her home at the Christian Homes Care Community, where she resided until her passing.

In their retirement years, they enjoyed spending time with family, especially family gatherings. They traveled worldwide with friends and wintered in Arizona for many years with other area snowbirds. They also enjoyed dancing together for many years. Her husband, J. Howard, preceded her in death on April 18, 2004.

Besides her parents and husband; Marian was preceded in death by two brothers: Carl Otto Forsberg in infancy and John Forsberg and his wife, Madeline; two sisters: Evelyn Clark and her husband, Marion and Doris Horn and her husband, Cletus; sisters-in-law: Evelyn Peterson and her husband, Walter, Grace Peterson and her husband, Henry; brothers-in-law: Lester Johnson and his wife, Mabel, Leslie Johnson and his wife, Katherine, Lloyd Johnson and his wife, Mary Ann, and Marion Ruth Kargo and her husband, George.

She leaves to mourn her passing her two children: Beverly Lashley and her husband, Floyd of Bertrand and Jim Johnson and his wife, Brenda of Holdrege; four grandsons: Scott Daniel Nelson and his wife, Jackie of Melbourne, Florida, Jeffrey John Nelson and his wife, Yuliya of Edmond, Oklahoma, Justin James Johnson and his wife, Jacquelyn of Holdrege and Shane Thomas Johnson and his fiancé, Kristen Longnecker of Holdrege; her great-grandson, Johnathan James Johnson; step great-grandchildren: Samantha Edmead of Melbourne, Florida and Travis Edmead of Port Hedlund, Australia; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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A memorial has been established in Marian’s honor and kindly suggested to the Bethel Lutheran Church.

The Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege is in charge of arrangements.

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