Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson

Kim Johnson, age 48, passed away suddenly in Maple Lake surrounded by family on Thursday, July 31, 2014, from complications due to cancer.
Kim was born on September 21, 1965, in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, to Val (Chayer) and LeRoy Mude. She was baptized and confirmed at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota. She grew up in Crystal, Minnesota and graduated in 1984 from Armstrong High School in Plymouth, Minnesota. Kim attended St. Cloud State University and St. Catherines University graduating with a degree in special education. She was a lifelong educator with passion for special education. Kim served the school districts of St. Michael, Big Lake, Elk River (Zimmerman), Blue Sky Charter and St. Cloud. She had a desire to help all students succeed and went far above and beyond what was expected of a teacher. Kim loved horses, dogs and country living. She was active in 4-H as a leader. She also enjoyed lying in the sun and reading a good book. Riding her horse and taking a long walk was a great day for Kim. Her greatest love was her family. She traveled many miles and spent many hours watching Matthew and Michael play hockey. She loved deep conversations with Megan and was proud that she chose to follow in her footsteps as an educator. Natalie and Kim shared many hours riding their beloved ponies together. Dale and Kim fell in love over a glass of wine and were building a life together, having recently purchased their dream place in the country.
Kim is survived by her loving fiance; Dale DeVos of Maple Lake (formerly of Cokato), Minnesota; sons Matthew and Michael Krueger of Elk River, Minnesota; daughters Megan Krueger and Natalie Johnson of Maple Lake, Minnesota; parents LeRoy and Val Mude of Dalton, Minnesota; sister Kris (Larry) Bodoczy of San Antonio, Texas; niece Callee Bodoczy; nephews Tommy and Quinten Bodoczy of San Antonio; uncles and aunts Les (Ruby) Mude of San Antonio, and Maxine (Don) Nibbe of Tucson, Arizona; cousins Teresa Jesten and Troy Nibbe; and countless friends and fellow educators.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5 with the family present from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at Peterson Grimsmo Funeral Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello, Minnesota. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 449 W. Broadway, Monticello. Visitation will also take place at 10-11 a.m. at the church. Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello. Memorials can be given to the Kim Johnson memorial fund.

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