Corinne Johnson, 94, of Buffalo, SD died on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center in Bowman, ND.
Posted Jan. 11, 2013
Corinne Johnson, 94, of Buffalo, SD died on Friday, January 4, 2013 at the Southwest Healthcare Long Term Center in Bowman, ND. Funeral services for Corinne were held Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at the Ladner Lutheran Church. Pastor Susan Villmow Fox officiated with burial following in the Ladner Cemetery.
Leslie “Corinne” Lesh was born on April 22, 1918 in Nunn, Colorado to Lester and Cecile Lesh. Corinne grew up in Pierce, CO and graduated from Pierce High School in 1935.
She attended college at Colorado State College of Education in Greeley, CO.
During World War II, Corinne worked in a factory as a machinist. While in California, she helped her brother, Art Lesh, care for his two boys, Tom and Jim. Corinne moved to South Dakota where she met Sidney Johnson. They were married April 3, 1950. They made their home on the Johnson Ranch where they raised four sons, Greg, John, Dan, and Tom. Corinne enjoyed helping on the ranch and was busy with her garden and chickens, and she loved mowing hay.
She was active in the Ladner Church and enjoyed making mission quilts and singing in the choir. Corinne also loved to sew and had a talent for painting.
For many years, Corinne wrote the Ladner news for the Nation Center News. Her attire matched her vibrant personality, and she always had a smile on her face.
She was so proud of her grandchildren and their accomplishments. Grandma passed on many of her talents to them, such as crocheting, hugging kitties, and making “well-done” cookies. After Sidney’s death in August of 1985, Corinne continued to live on the farm until 2007 when she entered the Long Term Care Center in Bowman.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Nelson, her children, Greg (Brenda), John (Bonnie), Dan (Kim), and Tom (Gail), ten grandchildren, Garret (Terra) Johnson, Stuart (Ashley) Johnson, Wade (Jenny) Johnson, Sarah (Josh) Stuchl, Kati Johnson, Kari Johnson, Clint (Annie) Johnson, Garth Johnson, Dana (Jay) Wammen, Jedd (Marilyn) Parfrey, four great-grandchildren, Tommi Glines, Eli and Quinn Johnson, and Maci Wammen, and two great-great-grandchildren, Mya and Lillie Glines.
Corinne was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney, parents, Lester and Cecile, brothers, Art, Richard, and Bill, granddaughter, Shelly Talton, and special friend, Joe Heggem.