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Louise Teigland Johnson 1909-2011

July 21, 2011
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Louise Teigland Johnson of Emmetsburg is today, Thursday, July 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Howard Vrankin will officiate.

Burial will be in Clinton-Garfield Cemetery at Rolfe. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions in Louise's name may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, Emmetsburg, or the Northern State University Foundation, Aberdeen, SD.

Louise was born on Christmas Eve in 1909 to George and Cora Patton near Esmond, SD, where she lived until the age of 22 with her sister Elsie and brother Harold. She graduated from Iroquois High School in 1928 and then attended teachers college in Aberdeen.

She then worked as a teacher until she married Lars Teigland in Aberdeen, SD on Christmas Eve in 1937. Louise and Lars then moved to Minnesota, where they had their first son, Lowell Teigland, in 1938.

Louise then moved with her family to begin farming in Iowa and gave birth to her second son, Owen Teigland, in 1946.

After Lars passed away in 1950, Louise moved into town at Emmetsburg and raised her two boys on her own. She later married Haakin Johnson and moved to Mallard, where they farmed until he passed away in 1973. She then returned to Emmetsburg where she happily resided until her passing this week.

From the time Louise moved to Iowa in 1939 she was active in farming both corn and soybeans. She was a member and loyal supporter of Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg from the time it was built. Over the years she was an active member of the local garden club and enjoyed doing floral arrangements and competing in flower shows. She also was passionate about making corn husk dolls and collecting vintage dolls. In addition, she enjoyed celebrating her Norwegian heritage by participating in annual Scandinavian Teas wearing traditional Norwegian dress. She also was known for her political activism and was once encouraged to run for the Senate. Although generally conservative by nature, with the arrival of the casino in Emmetsburg she discovered the excitement of playing the slot machines late in life and won over $500 during the opening weekend at the Wild Rose.

Most of all Louise cherished her time with family and friends. She will be fondly remembered for her charming character and love of socializing, as well as her independent nature and disarming sense of humor.

Louise is survived by her sister Elsie Jacobsen of Minot, ND; two granddaughters, Holly Teigland Mueck of Olney, MD and Laurie Teigland-Hunt of New York, NY; and four great-grandchildren, Alex, Chris, Jackie and Hunter Mueck, all of Olney, MD.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Harold Patton; her first husband Lars and second husband Haakin; and her two sons, Lowell and Owen.

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