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Dorothy Marlene Johnson

11/28/1941 - 10/18/2020

Dorothy Marlene Johnson, daughter of William and Martha Turkia, passed away at the age of 78 years, on Sunday, October 18, 2020.  Marlene was born on November 28, 1941 in Virginia, Minnesota. She graduated from Virginia High School and attended Mesabi Community College where she earned her Associate of Arts degree. Marlene worked at Mesabi Range College from the age of 19 years until her retirement. In her earlier years, she loved ceramics and card club with her friends.  Later, she took up quilting and was well-known for her beautiful hand-stitching.  Everyone who encountered Marlene said that she was a wonderful, kind and loving person. 

Marlene is survived by her children, Lynne Pommier, Leah Hazell and Darrell Johnson (Nancy).  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kenzie Lah, Bailey Peglow (Brandon), Nathan Johnson, Verity Hazell, Ashley Stephens (John), and Jamee Flaschberger (Drew), and her great-grandchildren, Holden and Roxanna Lah, Jaydon, Reid and Lyra Peglow, Andrew and Alissa Stephens, Dawson Hetrick, and Ryley and Greyson Flaschberger, as well as many cousins and close friends.

There will be no service as per Marlene’s wishes.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to autisticadvocacy.org. Condolences may be sent to johnsoncondolences@gmail.com. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.

11 thoughts on “Dorothy Marlene Johnson”

  1. Karen and Eric Larson says:

    Our thoughts, prayers, and hugs are being sent to Marlene’s family. She will be missed. RIP Cousin Marlene.

    Love to all.

  2. Bradie Mahon says:

    Condolences to all of you.

  3. Jimmy Saranpaa says:

    I first met Marlene at Mesabi State. We became friends almost immediately since both she and I were both proud Finns. She used to by groceries and other items from the Cook Co-Op where my father was the manager. She was a great and very knowledgeable conversationalist, who could lift your spirits by her presence. One in a million for sure. They don’t make them like Marlene anymore!

    My sympathy to the family.

  4. Iria Champa says:

    My condolences to Dorothys family. She will be greatly missed.

  5. Kathy Costello-Pahl says:

    Dear family of Marlene,

    My deepest sympathy to your family on your loss. What a wonderful woman!

    I was at Mesabi on the work-study program 1978-1980. I was so fortunate to have Marlene as my boss. She was amazing and lots of fun to learn from. Also one of the nicest people on the planet. My 2 younger sisters were also fortunate to work with Marlene. She will always have a special place in our hearts. Great memories.

    Prayers to all.
    Kathy Costello-Pahl

  6. Rob Tomassoni says:

    It’s been a long time since I have seen Dorothy, but I remember her smiling face and remembered the kindness she showed everyday to the students at Mesabi, since the early 1970s when I attended!
    My deepest sympathy on her family’s loss. She was a special person and will be missed by many. Rob

  7. Aune and LaRae says:

    We were glad to be able to see and visit with Marlene in her final moments. She was a great lady and wonderful friend. We will miss her greatly.

  8. Sue Twaddle says:

    I am so sorry for your loss and my prayers go out to all of Marlene’s Family.
    My Memory: I worked with Marlene for many years. Every year at Chirstmas we would gather at someones house for a party. We all brought one gift for the gift exchange. Everyone was excited and all of us were hoping we would get Marlene’s gift. We knew it would be her AMAZING BEAUTIFUL hand stitched quilt work. I can proudly say I was the lucky one on Christmas 1996 and it has been hanging on my wall ever since.
    I love you Marlene.

  9. Donna LeMay says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences for your Mom.
    Marlene and I had a great relationship,as she was such a dear client of mine for many years. I have fond memories
    Of her. She was such a special and unique woman,I am so proud to have known her and a little bit of her children through the years. I really and truly loved that lady!

  10. Donna LeMay says:

    Please accept my sincere condolences for you sweet Mom. She was one in a million! She was such a fun client of mine for Many years! She will be truly missed!

  11. Patricia Luoma Sabin says:

    I am so sorry to hear about her passing. I really liked her and will miss her. She was our “rock” about organizing our reunions.

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