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Mary Johnson

June 3, 1931 — July 8, 2018

Mary Ann Johnson of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota died July 9th, 2018 at Ecumen Long Term Care Facility in Detroit Lakes, MN

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, July 16 at 11AM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes.  Visitation will be held Sunday, July 15 at David Donehower Funeral Home from 5pm-7pm and continue one hour prior to Mass on Monday.  Interment will be held in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

Mary Ann Johnson of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota died July 9th, 2018 at Ecumen Long Term Care Facility in Detroit Lakes.

Mary was born June 3, 1931 in Westbury Minnesota to Frank & Mayme (Nuener) Grossman. She grew up on the family farm and attended Detroit Lakes schools where she graduated high school in 1949. On January 12, 1951 she was united in Marriage to Waldo T. Johnson, They lived in Little Canada, Minnesota and Arlington Oregon and later moved back to Detroit lakes where they purchases the Bose Brothers motel and resort on Big Detroit Lake. They built onto the motel and renamed it the Castaway Motel and Resort. Mary was involved in all aspects of the motel as the owner operator and she thoroughly enjoyed her guests and many of them became lifelong friends. After they sold the motel Mary worked as a bookkeeper for several business around Detroit lakes along with developing Johnson's beach addition on the east side of little Floyd lake.

Mary enjoyed entertaining people, whether it was a family gathering or hosting the neighborhood Christmas party she always made sure everyone had a good time. She enjoyed dancing, cooking, being outdoors and being around her friends and loved ones.

Mary was an avid bowler, she was fortunate enough to participate in Women's International Bowling Tournament several times. She also played for the Detroit Lakes Women's baseball team the "Lakette's".

Mary was involved in several community organizations including Catholic Daughters, Detroit Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, and Minnesota Resort owners association.

Mary is survived by her son Robb Johnson of Fargo, ND; three grandchildren, Noah, Logan and Brooklyn Johnson; One sister Kathy (Jim) Weiler of Plymouth, MN and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and two bothers Paul Grossman and Carl Grossman

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Service Schedule

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Visitation/Gathering of Family and Friends

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Starts at 5:00pm (Central time)

David-Donehower Funeral Home

609 US-10, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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Mass of Christian Burial

Monday, July 16, 2018

Starts at 11:00am (Central time)

Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery

1000 Rossman Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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