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Obituary for Karen M. Johnson

Karen M. Johnson, 74, of West Salem, passed away peacefully on October 3, 2019, at Bland Bekkedal Center for Hospice Care in Viroqua. She was born on September 29, 1945, in La Crosse to Wilbert and Elizabeth (Loging) Miller. Karen was baptized October 26, 1945, and confirmed March 22, 1959, both at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Barre Mills. She graduated in 1963 from West Salem High School. Karen started her career at La Crosse Telephone Company, (now, CenturyLink) and La Crosse Answering Service. She then worked at Skemp Clinic (now, Mayo Health System) until her retirement on December 31, 2010. On February 19, 1966, she married Leo Johnson and they later divorced. Karen enjoyed playing cards, taking trips to a casino, NASCAR racing, especially her favorite driver, Matt Kenseth, and watching the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. Survivors include her son, Marc (Marbeth) Johnson; two precious grandsons, Garrett and Nicholas Johnson; a brother, Alan (Anna) Miller; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; and a sister, Arlene Lyden. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m., Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 1201 Main St., Onalaska. Pastor P. William Bader will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, Barre Mills. A visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of service Wednesday at the church. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, Jostad Chapel, West Salem, is assisting the family in their time of loss. Online condolences may be sent at