Jean Marie Johnson

NEW ULM — Jean Marie Johnson, age 71 of New Ulm died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 surrounded by her family and friends at her home in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Pastor Jeffery Bovee will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in New Ulm.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-SOUTH CHAPEL in New Ulm. The visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

To leave an online condolence for her family, or to sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org

Jean is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Johnson of New Ulm; daughter, Jennifer Johnson of New Ulm; sons, David (Lisa) Wicke of Summerville, South Carolina, Mark (Jennifer) Wicke of Red Wing, John (Jordan) Johnson of Farmington; 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; and brother, Arnie Schnitker of Elm Grove, Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Edward Schnitker.

Jean Marie Schnitker was born Sept. 16, 1945 in St. James to Heine “H.G.” and Anita (Wichmann) Schnitker. She grew up in Wisconsin where she attended school in Princeton, and eventually graduated in Manitowoc in 1963. On Nov. 27, 1976, Jean was united in marriage to Robert Johnson at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Jean’s working career started in Wisconsin soon after high school where she worked at a bank in Manitowoc. She took some time off to raise her family, but later went back to work at a law office. Later in life when Jean moved to New Ulm she worked as a secretary in the regional office at AMPI, and also ran her own daycare out of her home for 13 years. She worked for Norwood-Bic in Sleepy Eye for fifteen years as well as the Holiday Gas Station in New Ulm before eventually retiring in 2010. Jean truly loved the simple things in life best. She loved to relax by the ocean side watching the waves come in, or sitting with her family by a bonfire. She enjoyed traveling, and truly loved the beauty of lighthouses. Jean was also known as an excellent cook, preparing many wonderful meals for her family. What she loved most in life was her family. Her grandkids and great-grand kids were truly her world. Jean was a past member of the Turner Ladies, and a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm.