Greenbush - Rosabelle L. Johnson, 89, died on Tuesday, November 7, 2005, at the Greenbush Community Nursing Home in Greenbush.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 12, at Gustav Adolph Lutheran Church of Strathcona, with Pastor Curt Matz officiating.
Rosabelle Leona Steffen was born March 13, 1916 on a farm near Radium, to Herman and Louise (Schulz) Steffen. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and attended school in a two room country school until entering high school in Warren. In order for Rosabelle to attend high school and further her education she and her cousin rented a room in Warren at the age of 13.
Following graduation from Warren high school Rosabelle went on to attend and complete teachers training. She taught at numerous schools in Marshall County until 1945. She was united in marriage on April 15, 1945 to Norman Johnson at McCrea Lutheran Church in Radium, and the two made their home in Strathcona until moving in 1954 to the home Norman built in rural Strathcona.
Rosabelle’s love of teaching brought her to start taking additional teaching classes and achieving her associate’s degree in 1960. She soon after accepted a job teaching at Knox Elementary school in Thief River Falls. While teaching, Rosabelle continued with her own education and eventually achieved her bachelor’s degree in education in 1964. Norman passed away on August 5, 1980 and Rosabelle continued to teach in Thief River Falls until her retirement in 1984.
She continued to make her home in Strathcona until entering the Greenbush Community Nursing Home in August 2005.
Rosabelle was member of Gustav Lutheran Church and very active in the Ladies Aid. She was secretary treasurer of Greenwood cemetery and taught Sunday school for many years.
She very much enjoyed traveling with her friends and her flowers, but above all else, teaching was her life long love.
Rosabelle is survived by her two sons, Roger Johnson of Rugby, N.D. and Bruce (Patti) Johnson of East Troy, Wis.; one sister, Shirley Campbell of Winlock, Wash.; two grandsons; three sisters-in-law, Florence Steffen of Warren, Julia Johnson of Greenbush, and Alice Garrett of Caldwell, Idaho; along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Harold and Vince.