The St. Michael woman who fought bravely against ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) for more than a decade has died. Linda Holthaus Johnson was 59.
Linda died at her home, surrounded by family. She had fought ALS for 14 years, and had lost her father earlier in 2015.
Throughout the past decade there were dozens of ways the St. Michael-Albertville community supported Linda and her family. T-shirts, with “Always a Linda Supporter [ALS]” can still be seen from walks, dinners, get-togethers and even 5K runs.
Services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 at St. Michael Catholic Church, where she was a lifelong member. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Linda is survived by her loving husband: Douglas Johnson; sons: Jesse and Jake Johnson of St. Michael; siblings: Kathy (Tom) Gleason of Rogers, Tom (Patty) Holthaus and Bonnie (Steve) Kilian all of St. Michael and Judy (Jim) Paumen of Waverly; nieces and nephews: Amy (Matt) Larson, Lorie Gleason, Dan (Bree) Gleason and Bonnie Gleason; Paul Kilian, Tom Kilian, Katie Kilian, Susie Kilian, Joe Kilian and Julie Kilian; Andy Paumen, Jenny Paumen and Tony Paumen; Wendy Holthaus and Sarah Bouchard; many other relatives and friends.
Preceded in death by her parents: Bernelda and Raymond Holthaus, sisters and a brother: Nancy Jean, Timothy Allen and Karen Ann Holthaus.
Casket Bearers will be Dan Gleason, Paul Kilian, Tom Kilian & Joe Kilian, Andy Paumen & Tony Paumen.