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Lenore M. Johnson

SARTELL, Minn. - Lenore M. Johnson, age 81, of Sartell, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, April 16, 2024, surrounded by her family after a brief illness.

Lenore was born Nov. 18, 1942, in Ironwood, Michigan, to Leno and Estelle (Kivisto) Sterny. She graduated from Luther L. Wright High School in Ironwood, and went on to attend Gogebic Community College.

Lenore was married to her high school sweetheart, Brian Johnson, on May 23, 1964. In 1976, Lenore and her family moved to their forever family home in Sartell. She devoted herself to her family, staying home with her children until they started school. She then worked as a para professional in the Sartell School District until the early 2000s.

Lenore loved spending time outdoors and staying active. She enjoyed gardening, camping, boating, fishing and traveling with family.

Lenore was artistic and enjoyed painting, knitting and doing craft projects with her grandchildren. She was independent, generous, loving, thoughtful and proud of her family.

Lenore is survived by her daughters, Wendy Johnson of Stillwater, and Nicole (Matthew) Stiles of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Eli Stiles and Violet Stiles; sister, Kathy (John) Niksich of Ironwood; brother, Michael (Bobbie) Sterny of Inver Grove Heights; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Brian Johnson; son, Steven; and an infant son.

A celebration of life will be at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids. Obituary and guest book are available online at

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