Sara Kay Johnson

Born: Sat., Jul. 13, 1963
Died: Sun., Sep. 2, 2007

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Sara Kay Johnson was born on July 13, 1963 in Albert Lea, the daughter of Harry and Donna Helland Johnson. She was baptized and confirmed at Salem Lutheran Church, where she became an active member, serving on the church council, President of the women's group and as a Sunday school teacher. Sara graduated from Albert Lea High School in 1981 and from Austin Community College in 1983 with an Associate Degree in Accounting. She worked for Wal-Mart, for HyVee and for Schweigert. Sara was an Animal Control Officer for the city of Albert Lea for several years. She was active in fundraising for the March of Dimes. Sara enjoyed horseback riding, going to plays, and rodeos. She especially loved her pets, Daisy, Cinder, Vern, Jack, Shamar, and Schwartz. Survivors include her parents, Harry and Donna Johnson of Albert Lea, her siblings Mary Thostenson, Howard Sharon Johnson of Clarks Grove, Carolyn Schutz of Glenville and her special friend Dwayne Anderson, Susan Clair Thostenson of Alden, and Patricia Dennis Gehring of Albert Lea; brother; uncle Omer Helland, many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and close friends Laurie and Mike Remakel. Sara was preceded in death by her nephew Donald Thostenson, her brother-in-law Eugene Schutz, her sister-in-law Barb Johnson, grandparents Ole and Emma Helland and Johannes and Caroline Johnson, and her aunt, Eleanor Helland. Sara's smile will be sadly missed by all who knew her. In honor of Sara's memory, you are invited to wear something purple to her funeral.

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Beckie Hacker
   Posted Mon September 03, 2007
I'm so sorry for your loss- I worked with Sara at Hy-Vee when I was in high school, she was a great lady and I know she will be missed by many people- her smile and laugh was contagious-

Bob Troska
   Posted Mon September 03, 2007
I got to know Sara while working for the city, she was a special person and friend.

Judy Carlson
   Posted Mon September 03, 2007
Okay, Sara would be laughing at me right now, I will try this again. Sara was my "sara bear". I will miss her forever. She was the best friend anyone could wish for. Keep watching over me Sara, I need it.

Judy Carlson
   Posted Mon September 03, 2007

Mark and Nicole Calderon
   Posted Mon September 03, 2007
Sorry to hear about Sara. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Theresa Knudtson
   Posted Mon September 03, 2007
I met Sara about 2 years ago and really got to know her. She was a special person both inside and out. She touched my life as she did most people that she met. Just knowing that she is without pain, gives me comfort in knowing she is with our heavenly father and she is being taken good care of. Blessed be her memory. Sara, you will be missed, til we meet again. Theresa

Louise Ashleson
   Posted Tue September 04, 2007
Sara and I bowled on the 5 O'clock
Shadows League many years ago. Such a fun gal with a kind heart.
Her love of animals as well as people made her very special

Kandie and Ron Shupe
   Posted Tue September 04, 2007
Dear Family,
Sara and I worked together at Wal-Mart mant years ago and I have never forgotten her. I met her again last year when I sang for her church group and it was like I never lost track of her. She always was and will be a true friend until the day I leave this earth. What a joy to know her, she will be truly missed. All our sympathies to all of you at this very difficult time. Kandie Shupe

   Posted Tue September 04, 2007
I worked with Sara at Hy-Vee and she was my daughters special attendent at her wedding. She was a very special person and touched alot of lives and will be greatly missed by so many. We all have great memories of her and the things that she did. Sorry to hear of her passing but to know that the long struggle that she was going through is now over must give you all some comfort. She will never be forgotten.

Allison Folie
   Posted Wed September 05, 2007
Sara always had a smile whenever I saw her. She was also very upbeat even when she was sick.

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

~ Allison Folie Albert Lea City Attorney's Office

Tom and Katie Marlin
   Posted Wed September 05, 2007
I am very sorry to hear about Sara. I worked with Sara at HyVee in Albert Lea, and she was always so fun to have around. She will be greatly missed by many.
You're in our thoughts and prayers.

Regina Van Kampen
   Posted Wed September 05, 2007
I am so sorry to hear about Sara. She was always so happy and so great to work with. I worked with her at Hy-Vee along with many others and I know she will be greatly missed by all.

Jerry and Linda Bottelson
   Posted Wed September 05, 2007
I met Sara when she worked at HyVee and she was the best worker they had. Then Sara took care of our dogs when we went to Mexico. As a dog catcher the view of Sara coming up the drive way with our dogs sitting next to her in the truck was quite a site. The dogs had gone to Applebees for a visit and she was called and when they saw Sara they ran to her. Sara was a great person and she was always friendly and we feel very blessed that we had the opportunity to know her. Sara I am sure is in heaven greeting and taking care of everyone and every pet that are in heaven with her. Thank you for sharing her with us. Linda and Jerry Bottelson

Sharon Brua
   Posted Wed September 05, 2007
I got to know Sara when she worked at Hy Vee and also when she would come and pick up flats for the cats and dogs. Alway's a smile on her face and so positive, she will be very much missed by a lot of people. My sympathy to her family and friends.

diane parrott
   Posted Thu September 06, 2007
To Sara's family,
I met Sara about a year or so ago when there was a fund raiser held for her at the fair grounds here in Albert Lea.You could tell by the end of the day that she was very tired and that she wanted to go home but her spunk and joy for living keep her going throughout the whole night.God must surely have a angel
by his side. I could tell that Sara was a very special person by the way her sister Sue would talk about her
at the hospital.
God bless the memory of Sara!!!
With heartfelt sympathy.
Diane Parrott

Dale & Dawn Armstrong
   Posted Thu September 06, 2007
We both worked with Sara at Schwiegerts and she was a sweet, funny wonderful person. I always enjoyed listening to her talk about all of her furry friends. She will be missed.

Mike & Geri Murtaugh
   Posted Thu September 06, 2007
Sara matched us up with two special cats, Ripley and Ruby, for which we will always remember her. Geri will miss working with her to find homes for pets through the Tribune. Thank you Sara!

Linda Anderson- Herman
   Posted Thu September 06, 2007
Hello Harry and Donna. I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter Sara. I had the pleasure of knowing her as the animal control officer. She was great with the animals and loved them as much as I do. She is now in heaven, and is probably surrounded by all the animals she loved.

Laura Thomas Lerum
   Posted Thu September 06, 2007
So sorry to hear about your loss. Sara was indeed the kindest person I have ever known. Amy-thinking of you the most right now...

Kyle & Jennifer Werner
   Posted Fri September 07, 2007
We were so saddened to read of Sara's passing. We both worked with her at Hy-Vee many years ago and could always count on her for a smile. Her personality and spirit will be missed.

Sandi Swenson
   Posted Sat September 08, 2007
To all the family,
I didn't know Sara personally. I work with Sue at the hospital. I want to take this opportunity to give my heartfelt sympathy to the loss of your loved one. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Pastor Jerry & Paula Merkouris
   Posted Mon September 17, 2007
In loving memory of Sara,
We will always remember the smiling face of Sara at church and how willing she was to help with anything. What a difficult loss, we pray that Jesus will bring comfort and peace to all.
Pastor Jerry & Paula

Deb L Fox
   Posted Thu December 17, 2009
I am so heart broken to hear at this late date of Sara's passing. She was the best friend one could ever hope for. We lost touch on and off through the years, but every time we talked it seemed as if it had just been days and we were back in high school again. Once her work email was disconnected and I didn't get response by mail. I was saddened because I knew I was not to be given that final chance to talk in person and give her a hug. I will truly miss her and know God has a special place for her.

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