Monica Johnson


Monica Olsen Johnson, 61, of Meckling, passed away on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Monica was born to Alvin and Elaine (Schulz) Guthmiller on July 27, 1950 at St. Benedicts Hospital in Parkston. She attended Dewald Country School, Tripp High School, and then Nettleton College in Sioux Falls. She married Dennis Olsen on March 14, 1970 in Tyndall. To this union, they were blessed with two children, Denise and Chad. She later married Marty Johnson on June 20, 1998 and lived in Meckling. While working various jobs in the Vermillion area, she most enjoyed being an EMT with the Vermillion Ambulance Department as well as working at Tobys in Meckling. Until recently she was working alongside her husband Marty doing the daily bookkeeping for the family business

Monica will be remembered most for her love of her family and friends. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her beloved pugs. Monica spent many a moment in the kitchen where she taught her children to cook and held many gatherings including memorable family holidays.

Thankful for having shared her life are her husband, Marty Johnson of Meckling; mother. Elaine (Schulz) Guthmiller of Tripp; daughter, Denise (Chad) Peterson of Vermillion; son, Chad (Amy) Olsen of Sioux Falls; two grandchildren, Connor Ray and Jenna Elizabeth; sister, Marcia (Ron) Deyalsingh of Ardmore, OK; brother, Rodney (Ruby) Guthmiller of Lesterville; brother, Kevin (Michelle) Guthmiller of Yankton; and many nieces and nephews. Monica was preceded in death by her father, Alvin; a brother, Louis; nephew Kevin; and infant niece, Amanda.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church.

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