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Obituary for Ruth M. Johnson

Ruth M. Johnson, 88, of La Crosse, passed away peacefully in her sleep, at her home, on Saturday, March 28, 2020. She was born at home, in the Town of Hale, Trempealeau Co., WI to Henry and Cora Schroeder. She attended the one room school in Bruce Valley for 8 grades, before graduating from Whitehall High School, Class of 1949. Ruth was baptized, confirmed and married in St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, German Valley. She married Phillip Johnson on June 23, 1951. Together they had 5 children. After the children were in school, Ruth enrolled in Coleman Technical School (now Western Technical College),to pursue her degree in nursing. She worked at La Crosse Lutheran Hospital (now Gundersen Health System) for over 24 years. She was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, La Crosse from 1961 until it's closing in 2019. She is survived by daughters Kris (Rick) Miller, Karen (Steven) Wright, Gretchen Reinsvold, a son Peter Johnson, 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Phillip, a son Eric, and one granddaughter. Due to current circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus, services are pending and will be planned for a later date. Please visit the funeral homes website at to offer the family online condolences and to view updated service details. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lutheran World Relief, P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD. 21298-9832, or New Horizions, La Crosse, in her memory.