Margaret K. (Haupt) Johnson

Margaret Johnson, 85 of Kanawha passed away on Monday, October 10, 2016 at Kanawha Community Home in Kanawha.

Funeral services for Margaret Johnson will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Kanawha Lutheran Church, 124 West Fourth Street in Kanawha, with Pastors Geoffrey and Char White officiating. Burial will be at Amsterdam Cemetery in Kanawha.

Visitation for Margaret Johnson will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Ewing Funeral Home, 118 East Second Street in Kanawha, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Margaret Katherine (Haupt) Johnson was born November 30, 1930 to Ed and Laura (Bier) Haupt in rural Wright County, south of Belmond. She was raised and educated in Kanawha, graduating from Kanawha High School with the Class of 1949.

Margaret was united in marriage to Roger Johnson on August 7, 1949. To this union, children Larry, Ruth and Duane were born.

Margaret and Roger owned and operated Roger’s U-Save and Roger’s Super Valu grocery store in Kanawha for a number of years. She also helped Roger with the farming for a few years east of Kanawha before moving to Lake Cornelia. They were also fortunate to enjoy many winters of retirement in Weslaco, Texas.

Margaret enjoyed golfing and was an excellent baker. She served as caretaker for her parents and for Roger’s parents. She was a longtime member of Kanawha Lutheran Church, and was active in Martha’s Circle at the church.

Margaret was known to find goodness in everyone, and never found fault in anybody. She will be lovingly remembered for her faith, love of family, her sense of humor and infectious laugh.

Margaret is survived by her son Larry (Charla) Johnson of Emerson, Iowa, daughter Ruth (Randy) Osterbur of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, and son Duane (special friend Pam) Johnson of Monterey, California; grandchildren Josh (Jen) Johnson of Iowa City, Andrea (Tony) Root of Bennington, Nebraska, Laura (Heath) McGrew of Omaha, Nebraska, Alison Osterbur of New York City, Dr. Kara (Dr. Prakash Jayabalan) Osterbur of Glenview, Illinois, and Kyle Osterbur of Elk Grove Village, Illinois; great-grandchildren Tyler, Brennan, Gabriel, and Harper Johnson of Iowa City, Iowa, Korynne and Jackson Root of Bennington, Nebraska, and Anya Jayabalan of Glenview, Illinois; sisters-in-law Audrey (Paul) Friedow Christiansen of Madison, South Dakota, Dolores (Gordon) Severson of Luther, Iowa, and Kathy Johnson of Kanawha, Iowa.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and husband Roger Johnson in 2014.

Margaret’s family suggests memorial donations may be directed to the Kanawha Lutheran Church or the Kanawha Ambulance Service.


Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Kanawha
118 East 2nd Street, Kanawha, Iowa 50447
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Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 10:30 am
Where: Kanawha Lutheran Church
124 West Fourth Street, Kanawha, Iowa 50447
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