Martha K. Johnson, age 102, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Jenkins Living Center.
Funeral mass will be at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with Father Brian Eckrich officiating. Music will be provided by the Immaculate Conception Funeral Choir accompanied by Helen Gollnick.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., with a scripture service at 7:00 p.m. and a rosary to follow on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.
Interment will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Waverly, SD.
Pallbearers will be Michael Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Patrick Lynch, Lucas Mack, Casey Lawrence and Marty Lukonen.
Martha Klein Johnson was born April 17, 1916, to William and Caroline (Goebel) Klein who farmed near Waverly. Both were of German descent and the children of pioneers. The youngest of five daughters, Martha began first grade on the first day the Waverly School opened, in 1921, and she completed high school there in 1933.
After graduation she attended Notre Dame Junior College in Mitchell and began teaching in rural schools in Codington County, followed by seven years in the Waverly School and 20 years in the Watertown School system. Martha took correspondence courses and attended summer school at General Beadle Teachers College in Madison and received her degree in elementary education. Her teaching career spanned 40 years and she retired in 1981.
She married Ervin B. Johnson on June 4, 1946, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Waverly. The couple farmed near Waverly until 1965, when the family moved to Watertown.
She enjoyed knitting, reading, playing pinochle and following the Minnesota Twins. She loved keeping track of her 6 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Martha is survived by her daughter Carolyn and husband Ken Rose of Las Vegas, NV; son James and wife Nancy of Medford, MN, son Paul and wife Bridget of Waverly; 6 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ervin, and her son Stephen Johnson.
Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel, www.wightandcomes.com.