Barbara Anne (Sayler) Johnson, peacefully passed away in
Bloomington, Minnesota on April 20, 2021 at the age of 86.
Born in 1935 in Hastings, Nebraska, Barb and her family
lived in a variety of places following her father’s work until they settled for
a time in Hebron, Nebraska where Barb graduated from high school in 1952. After high school, Barb attended Immanuel
School of Nursing in Omaha where, after declining the first few invitations,
she met her future husband Richard Johnson on a blind date set up by mutual
friends. Barb graduated from Immanuel in 1955 and she and Dick were married on
June 17, 1956. In 1963, they moved with
their young son Eric to St. Paul, Minnesota.
Barb soon found employment as a surgical nurse at what ultimately became
Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis and began a 35 year career in the
surgical department. Barb was extremely
proud of her work and of the hospital.
She was known for her competence and her ability to work well with even
the most difficult surgeons.
Barb was devoted to her family and along with Dick and the
children an avid traveler. For many years, the four kids would be packed into a
station wagon and the family would head west to visit friends and relatives in
Nebraska and California. During that time, the family visited just about every
state west of the Mississippi always looping up and down the California coast
to visit Barb’s father and step-mother in the Bay Area. In later years, Barb and Dick traveled, often
on cruises, to many distant lands including China, India, Nepal, Caribbean
islands, Russia, Egypt, Brazil, Morocco and many other places in Europe.
A lifelong Lutheran, Barb’s faith was important to her as
was her commitment to serving others as a nurse and as a community volunteer,
most notably with Meals on Wheels where she spent years delivering meals and
serving on the local board.
Preceded in death by her father Edwin, mother Eleanor and
step-mother Florence, Barb was deeply loved and is survived by her husband of
64 years Richard, children Eric (Kirsten) Johnson, Rebecca (Pam Neumann)
Johnson, Jennifer Johnson and Peter (Kristi) Johnson, grandchildren Berit, Noah
and Signe Johnson, Summer Neumann and Kaija and Alexander Johnson and great granddaughter
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