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Monroe E. Johnson

August 31, 1931 June 1, 2019
Monroe E. Johnson
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Obituary for Monroe E. Johnson

Monroe E. Johnson, 87, of Cashton, WI passed away at his home surrounded by family Saturday, June 1, 2019.

He was born August 31, 1931 to Laurence and Julia (Midtlien) Johnson. He graduated from Westby High School in 1949. Monroe served two years in the US Marine Corp, 1951-1953. He married Beverly Hohlfeld on November 5, 1952.

In 1954 Monroe and Beverly started dairy farming near Cashton. After retiring from farming he started his wood carving hobby making furniture and decorative items for family, friends, collectors, public spaces and charity events.

Monroe’s interests in his Norwegian heritage and his travels to Norway inspired him to build a stubbar which now serves as the Westby Visitor Center. Monroe volunteered at the Norskedalon Nature and Heritage Center since day one and was essential in the restoration of many of its historical buildings. Other community service activities include 18 years on the Cashton School Board, member of the American Legion, and over 50 years of regular blood donation. Monroe also enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.

Monroe is survived by six children, Terry (Kitty) Johnson, Tyrone (Barb) Johnson, Susanne Evans, Rosanne (Dr. David) Warner, Taylor (Clara) Johnson and Mary (Jim) Rohe, 13 grandchildren, Trent (Heather), Tara, Karena, and Drew (Kristina) Johnson, Ashley (Zach) Hemmersbach, Laura Evans, Dr. Ryan Evans, Seth Warner, Dr. Lindsay Warner, Amanda (John) Reynolds, Renee (Andrew) Hesky, Monica Rohe and Justin Rohe, 15 great grandchildren, Ethan, Kiley, Kelsey, Brent, Owen, Sadie, Levi, Evan, Hannah, Jada, Eleanor, Madeline, Alexander, Nicholas and Matthew, brothers Lester (Phyllis) and David (Karen) Johnson, sisters-in-law Alice and Ruth Ann Johnson, brother-in-law John Haar, along with many other relatives and dear friends.

Monroe was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly on April 6, 2019, his parents and siblings Arnold, Kenneth and Judy.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday June 5, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cashton. Father Michael Klos will officiate. Full military honors will follow. Burial will be held at a later date in the Melvina Cemetery. Family and friends are invited for visitation Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 5-7:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Visitation will also be held Wednesday at the church from 9:30 until the time of mass.

Memorials may be directed to the Sacred Heart Handicap Fund, Cashton High School Scholarship Fund or the Gundersen Medical Foundation Hospice program.

The Torkelson Funeral Home in Cashton is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences are available at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.


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Visitation

Tuesday

4

Jun

5:00 PM 6/4/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/4/2019 7:00:00 PM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

1223 Front St
Cashton, WI 54619

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1223 Front St Cashton 54619 WI
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

5

Jun

9:30 AM 6/5/2019 9:30:00 AM - 10:30 AM 6/5/2019 10:30:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

1223 Front St
Cashton, WI 54619

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1223 Front St Cashton 54619 WI
United States

Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday

5

Jun

10:30 AM 6/5/2019 10:30:00 AM - 11:30 AM 6/5/2019 11:30:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church

1223 Front St
Cashton, WI 54619

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
1223 Front St Cashton 54619 WI
United States
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