Hazel Louise Johnson
Hazel Louise Johnson passed away peacefully on March 26, 2019 at the age of 83 surrounded by family and the compassionate staff of Ecumen Scenic Shores Care Center.
She was born to Hubert and Diana Jackson on December 6, 1935. In a poem written by her mother she was described like this: "Sweet little cherub, you borrowed the blue of the skies for your eyes so true. You stole the reddest of the roses for yourself. And bathed your hair with the golden sunbeam rare. With your face the moon could not compare. So fair hair and bluest of eyes, you caught us and held us where your cradle lies." Hazel was the oldest of five siblings: Johnny, Karen, Sharon and Gary. Growing up in French River she attended Bloomington Elementary and graduated from Clover Valley in 1953 as Valedictorian.
The family moved to Brimson after her graduation and that is where she met her husband of 48 years. Hazel and Johnhenry Arthur Johnson were married on February 13, 1954. They remained in the Brimson area where they raised and instilled the values of hardwork, dedication, compassion, and empathy in their three children: Brian, Cindy and Steven. These values have carried in through to the next generation. Through the years Hazel was employed as clerk for Fairbanks Township, Lake County Assessor, AEOA providing home services for numerous members of Brimson to remain in their homes, and she was one of the first seamstresses to work at Granite Gear in Two Harbors.
Her true legacy will be her contributions to the Brimson area. Hazel's countless hours of volunteer work will be recognized for many years to come. She served for over 20 years as the weather observer for NOAA in Duluth. She wrote and obtained grants for the renovation of both Petrell and Ault Town Halls. She was a member of and volunteered many hours for the Bassett Elementary PTA, Brimson Community Club, Brimson Women's Club, Brimson Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, Sportman's Club and Brimson Sisu. She and Johnhenry delivered many Salvation Army Holiday dinner baskets to the members of the community. They hosted horse drawn wagon and sleigh rides at their home to over 1,000 people ending the rides with homemade cookies and hot chocolate. She was also a member of Bassett Congregational Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Draft Horse Association and Sons of Norway. Hazel was instrumental in developing Pioneer Crafts located on the North Shore, becoming its first member when they opened their doors in May of 1972.
Her talents included gardening and preserving foods, baking, sewing, rosemaling, basketmaking, quilting and cooking an awesome lutefisk dinner! Her excellence in these crafts earned her numerous ribbons at the Lake County Fair.
If Hazel was asked what her greatest accomplishment was her answer would simply be her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. According to her mother she came into this world as a cherub and she departed this world as our guardian angel watching over us. She is already greatly missed by her sister Sharon (John Who) Dickey, her children, her grandchildren: Jessica, Lindsey, John Michael, Stephanie, Emily, Brandon and Haley. Her great-grandchildren: Jovana, Rebecca, Jaden, Addison, Kaitlynn, Carson, Gabriel, and #8 on the way as well as many nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held at a later date in Brimson.