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Celesta LaCroix

Celesta LaCroix

Celesta “Toots Johnson” LaCroix, 96, of Bemidji, MN, died Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Havenwood Care Center.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Evangelical Covenant Church, Bemidji, with Pastor Dean Nelson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Bemidji.

Honorary Bearers: Doris Gustafson, Jeanne LaCroix, Beverly Gross, Owen Hall, Helen Hall & John Goodrich.

Casket Bearers are her Grandchildren: Ken Olson, Tracy Hirt, Tina Johnson, Richard LaCroix, Clarence LaCroix & Lane Stangel.

Celesta Wilhelmina Johnson was born at home, in Kirkoven, MN on August 23, 1916 to William O. and Christie (Myhre) Johnson. In 1923 the family moved to a farm in Liberty Township, northwest of Bemidji, where she grew up. She lived for one year in Kirkoven and roomed with three of her cousins, Lyla Myhre Hansen, Gloria Myhre Halverson and Myrtle Nelson Moody. She married Clarence “Clink” LaCroix on September 25, 1937. They lived in East Bemidji all of their married life.

Our family would like to thank Dr. Wai-Lun Chan for his excellent care of our mother over the past several years. Also our deeply felt thanks go to the hospice personnel, and the staff of Havenwood that took care of her.

She is survived by three children, Joann (Chuck) Swenson, Rick (Kathy) LaCroix and Debbie Stangel; 8 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Maurice (Mamie) Johnson of Bemidji, Donald (Darlene) Johnson of Bemidji and Larry (Kathy) Johnson of Buffalo, MN; sisters, Delores Marsh of Maplewood, MN and Joyce Bergler of Portland, OR.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clarence; infant daughter, Mary Christine, daughter, Kris Steiner; sister, Opal Blanchard; brothers, Howard, Russell and Lowell Johnson.

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