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Date of Passing: Jun 17, 2022

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1930 - 2022

It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of a wonderful Mother, Amma, and Long-Amma, Valdina Johnson on June 17, 2022, at the age of 91 years.
She is survived by her children, June (Ken) Kristofferson, Alvin Johnson, and Carolin (Rob) Magnusson, and son-in-law Andre Maguet. Grandchildren, Kim (Jason) Magnusson, Kirk (Melissa) Kristofferson, Kenley Kristofferson (Brenna MacGregor); Justin (Jamie) Maguet, Eric (Carolyn) Maguet, Brittany Maguet (Zach Jordan); Landon Johnson and Ashton (Chase) Kukuchka; Destiny Magnusson (Josh) and Avery Magnusson (Eric); 19 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Valdina was predeceased by her husband Kjartan, daughter Joan Maguet, sister Gudny Johnson (Snorri), brother Hemundur (Thora) Jonasson, brother Alli (Bjorg) Jonasson, and brother-in-law Kris (Kristine) Johnson.
In 1950, Valdina married Kjartan Johnson. Theirs was a marriage of kindness, respect, and love, every day of their life together. They did not ever raise their voices to one another, and their 65 years together was a testament to the partnership that is the basis of our family. They were truly a team, working and playing side-by-side.
She was a wonderful support to Kjartan as the family opened Johnson and Sons Arborg Ltd. in 1953. We became a Home Hardware dealer in 1981, and they enjoyed many wonderful trips worldwide with their Home Hardware family. They travelled to Iceland numerous times and enjoyed visiting with their relatives there, along with many road trips across Canada and the USA. Valdina, along with her sister Gudny, always enjoyed being in the store for special events and many may remember the beautiful coffee and cake that they served for in-store celebrations.
As a mother and Amma, she was never idle; there was always something to be done, whether keeping beautiful vegetable and flower gardens which she tended to with Gudny, baking bread or our favourite sweet treats, and of course, looking after the many grandchildren while their parents were busy at the store. Without fail, she always had a full hot meal on the table for "dinner" or lunch, including dessert, and we all looked forward to coming home to the farm for a meal around the table together at mid-day.
Kjartan and Valdina later moved to town and built their dream home on River Road in Arborg. We gathered for many wonderful Christmas Eve celebrations there, and during the summer months in their large backyard, surrounded by flowers. In July 1990, the business was sold; but retail is the lifeblood of our family. In 1991, her children continued their legacy and opened Johnson's in Gimli. She was often in the store during the early years and continued looking after grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they moved to the Waterfront Centre in Gimli, where they enjoyed a wonderful view of Lake Winnipeg.
Upon moving to Betel Home in 2017, Valdina made new friends and so enjoyed the daily activities. She was an exceptionally kind and graceful person and had a wonderful relationship with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was never too busy to listen and took great pride in sharing their accomplishments. Family was everything to her; our lives are forever enriched by the lessons she lived by and passed on to us daily.
A Celebration of Valdina's life will be held at the Ardal-Geysir Lutheran Church in Arborg on Tuesday, July 5, at 2:00 p.m., with lunch to follow.
Our family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the staff at Betel and at the Community Health Centre in Gimli. We so appreciate the kind and compassionate care from all of the staff at Betel, and they have gone above and beyond to enrich her life there over the last few years.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Ardal-Geysir Lutheran Church.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 25, 2022

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Thinking of all of you today. Valdina was such a sweet and kind lady. It was always a treat when she was at the store while I was working - she had a gracious smile for everyone. She will be missed by so many. Treasure all the beautiful memories you have shared over the years. - Posted by: Leanne Benson (Former employee, family friend) on: Jul 05, 2022

  • Mrs. Johnson was a woman who loved deeply and all her family knew it!! She will be missed. She had a wonderful capacity to accept things as they were and she was grateful for the love she shared. We thought of her as a grace filled woman. We offer our sincere sympathies to all of her family, Maurice and Judith Maguet - Posted by: Maurice and Judith Maguet (Joan's Ste. Rose family) on: Jul 04, 2022

  • Mrs Johnson always made me smile. I can still see her gentle smile and eyes that looked right inside you. She really cared about everyone. How many times I came in her room and she was sitting on her chair worrying over her children. You were everything to her. She prayed so faithfully for you. God bless you children especially as you grieve this amazing woman. - Posted by: Stephanie Falk (Betel employee) on: Jul 03, 2022

  • So sorry for your loss! Big Hugs to all. - Posted by: Karen Ciemny (Family friend ) on: Jun 25, 2022

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