Margaret Eleanor Johnson | Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

Margaret Eleanor Johnson

August 15, 1923 - December 18, 2020

Margaret Eleanor (Gagelin) Johnson of Richfield entered her Heavenly Home on Friday December 18, 2020. She was born on August 15, 1923 in Wyndmere, ND to parents Albert and Marie Gagelin. On November 23, 1947 she married Harlan Johnson in Minneapolis MN. They were together for 72 years until Harlan passed away in April 2020. Margaret is survived by children Laurel (Erwin) Paulson and Jay (Patti) Johnson. Grandchildren Christine (Robert) Heberle, Samuel (Jenna) Johnson, Melanie (Kamel) Al-Aasaad and great grandchildren Scott and Laura Heberle and Ava and Calvin Al-Aasaad. Sister Esther Harris and brothers Walter (Verdell), Daniel (Virginia), Richard (Kathy) and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded into death by her parents, sisters Rose Halvorson, Louise Dorn, Gertrude Dorn, brothers Herman and Martin Gagelin and grandson Benjamin Johnson.

Due to COVID-19, services will be private. Interment Lakewood Cemetery.


  1. Barb Janisch says:

    We are so sorry to hear that MARGARET has passed away. We rejoice with you however, that she has reached her heavenly home! She was one of mom’s good friends; first at Pilgrim and most recently Mainstreet. She will be missed. Please accept condolences from the entire Janisch family.

    Barb Janisch

    • Laurel Paulson says:

      Thank you for your comment. Your mother was a great friend to my mother and to me. I enjoyed seeing her when I visited mom. I believe I cannot visit her now so please send my love to her.


  2. Kathy Peters says:

    So sorry!!! Hugs to all from KP & Swede!!!

  3. Mary Hermann says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Margaret’s passing. I bowled with her for many years. My sincere sympathy to her family.

  4. Karie Peterson says:

    I was saddened to hear of Margaret’s passing.
    Margaret was a dear friend for over 30 years and a bowling buddy for almost as many years. She was an inspiration to so many of us; so young at heart! My deepest sympathy to the entire family. She was a special lady and I feel grateful for our friendship. She will be missed.

    • Laurel Paulson says:

      Thank you ladies for being my mom’s bowling buddies. She so enjoined your friendship. I know she was sad when she had to give it up to take care of dad. But you ladies kept her in your “group” for many years after and she loved that.

  5. Nancy (Flavin) Garin says:

    Laurel & Jay – I was so sorry to hear about your mom. What a special lady and good friend to my mom, Lucille Flavin, for so many years. I can picture them enjoying a card game in heaven and happily smiling down on us. May God bless you and grant you His peace.

    • Laurel Paulson says:

      Nancy, thank you for your comment. It was a blessing that our mothers were friends and that they are now reunited in their Heavenly Home. Bless you.

    • Laurel Paulson says:

      Nancy thank you for your comment. We are blessed to have had our mothers together as friends and now they are reunited in their Heavenly Home.

  6. D&E Westendorf says:

    Dear Laurel,

    It was so typically thoughtful of you to send us word that after 97+ years of ‘fighting a God-pleasing fight and remaining steadfast in her Christ-centered faith’ your mother has been graciously gathered into glory to receive her promised crown of life and be reunited with her Lord and loved ones gone before. We rejoice that you and Jay, and your families have her inspiring example to follow after. We have just recently received a timely verse we’d like to share and will be sending it to the Arizona address you provided.

    A deadly pandemic, a contentious election, and now the loss of a loved one … Such times try ours souls. But the same Christ, who has redeemed our souls, has promised to see us through them. We commend you and yours into His care and keeping.

    With loving care and concern,
    Pastor Daniel & Eunice Westendorf

Leave a Condolence Message:

Condolence messages are moderated by our staff and therefore may take up to 48 hours to appear. Thank you for your patience.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

As of July 25, 2020, people in Minnesota are required to wear a face covering in all public indoor spaces and businesses, per Executive Order 20-81.


This includes all visitors making arrangements, and attending visitations and funeral services at our facility. We thank you for helping us keep our families and employees safe.


Learn more: Minnesota Dept. of Health Guidance

MDH Mask
Minnesota Dept of Health logo
Important COVID-19 Update

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This