Laurie Jean (Johnson) Lund was born on December 23, 1962, to Lynn and Kathryn (Vrchota) Johnson in Windom, Minnesota. She was baptized on March 31, 1963 and confirmed on April 3, 1977 at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Windom. She received her education from the Windom Area Public Schools and graduated with the Class of 1981. After high school, she attended Mankato State University.
On May 21, 1983, Laurie was united in marriage to Jeffrey Lund in Windom. This marriage was blessed with four children, Sarah, Matthew, Maria and Abby. The marriage was later dissolved. Laurie worked at the Red Rock Ridge Alternative Learning Center as a paraprofessional. In April of 2012, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She moved to the Sunset Hospice Cottage in Worthington, Minnesota on March 14, 2014 where she lived until passing away on Monday evening, March 24, 2014 at the age of 51.
Laurie was a member of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior where she was a choir member, VBS teacher, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher and a Jesus Company Leader. She enjoyed singing, dancing, scrapbooking, sewing, crafts, being at the lake and most of all being with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by four children, Sarah (Nate) Low of Windom; Matthew (Kelsie) Lund of Mankato; Maria Lund (Trent Anderson) of Windom; and Abby Lund of Menomonie, WI; three grandchildren, Carson, Sydney and Keely Low; mother, Kathryn Johnson of Windom; eight siblings, Randy (Charlotte) Johnson of Mokena, IL; Reid (Jodi) Johnson of Windom; Valerie (Mark) Pender of Andover; Kristine (Jim) Schmidt of Westbrook; Leif (Kathleen) Johnson of Mankato; Mark (Cindy) Johnson of Somerset, WI; Carolyn (Jeff) Schindler of Lakeville; and Amy (Kip) Dunkelberger of Chaska; many nieces and nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lynn Orin Johnson and niece, Angela Lee Johnson.
Blessed be the memory of Laurie Jean Lund.
"I have many lasting memories of Laurie. We were confirmed together in our family church and spent many hours in Sunday school. I had the honor of be crowned homecoming king, when she was crowned the queen. Laurie had a wonderful smile and will be missed. Her life was cut short, but she will be remembered forever. I am truly sorry for your loss and pray god's strength will help you through this time. "
"I just heard of Laurie passing,she will be missed by so many people.I will always see her beautiful smile and her sparkling eyes.My deepest sympathy to all of her family.Laurie is a shining star above us now! "
"My deepest sympathy to The Lund/Johnson family.. I was so sorry to hear of Laurie's passing. "
"I am so sorry to hear about Laurie...She fought a good fight and is now peacefully at home with the angels. Much too young to leave this world."
We are so saddened with Lauire's passing. Her smile and personality were so contagious. That trait definately relects in her children. It's very hard to understand why these things happen. I'm sure she is in a happy place and looking down with that big smile. She may be gone but her memories will last forever. Hold on to that as we hold her in our deepest prayers. May your emptiness be filled with the love she shared for you and you for her. "
"Sarah, Matt. Maria, Abby our thoughts and prayer's our with you guy's today and always.Your mom was a very special lady. We know she will be missed by many. Just remember she will always be with you in your hearts and memories.
"My deepest sympathy to each of you. May your days be filled with happy, glorious memories. I pray for peace and comfort during your days ahead. Many blessings!"
"To the entire Johnson family, we wish you the comfort that only a strong faith in Jesus Christ can bring at a time like this. Our condolences to all."
"Sarah, Matt, Maria and Abby, Su and I hold you close to our hearts today and in the days to come. Your mom was an amazing woman in so many ways. We would certainly agree with the kind words said by many. But we would like to share with you something that your mom would want you to know above all else. She wasn't counting on her own goodness to see Jesus face to face. We believe that God allows children to see their parents in brokenness and sin so that they learn that it is not human goodness that saves us. As Good Friday and Easter approaches, people of faith in Jesus look forward to hearing Jesus' words from the cross, "It is finished." With those words echoing through time we know that it is not what your mom did that allows entrance into Jesus' presence. So with sadness we celebrate the goodness and grace of our living Lord and Savior. We also know that it was her mission on earth to share God's good news at every opportunity. We especially pray that you remember hearing those words of confidence and hope in conversations she had with you. Mike and Su Hausch "
"To the Johnson and Lund families...So very sorry for your loss. Laurie will be missed by many. Her smile was contagious, as was her spirit! She is in a better place and dancing with the angels now!
"Although we did not know Laurie, we know from her sister Amy what a wonderful and strong person she was. Our condolences to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
"Sarah, Matt, Maria, Abby and the Johnson family our prayers and thoughts are with you. It will be the little things that you will remember, the quiet moments, the smiles, the laughter. And although it may seem hard right now, it will be the memories of these little things that help to push away the pain and bring the smiles back again. Laurie was a good sister-in-law, mother and grandmother. She will be missed. May God Bless."
"Laurie was a beautiful lady - so sorry for your loss... Hugs to you all"
"My deepest sympathy to Laurie's children and family. Please take comfort in the many cherished memories that will be forever a part of your heart. "
"What a legacy Lori has left on this earth, 4 beautiful, thoughtful children and some very special grandchildren that she dearly loved. She was a beautiful woman but her beauty wasn't superficial, it went all the way to her heart and soul. God knew when it was time for her to continue her journey in heaven. She will live on through her children and grandchildren. I know that her family has a lot of wonderful memories that will make them laugh and yes, cry. So sad that she had to leave you at such a young age. My sympathy to all of you..."
"Family of Laurie; We understand your deep sadness during these difficult times. Accept the support, prayers, and kind offers from friends and loved ones as this will be your strength to go forward. You have our deepest sympathy."
"Laurie was a wonderful Grandmother, Mother and Sister In-law.
She was a very caring and loving person.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Lund/Johnson family.
"My thoughts & prayers as you go through this difficult time. Praying that our Savior will wrap his arms around you all and give you the peace & strength that only HE can give."
"We are so sorry for your great loss, and a great loss to so many people! Laurie was such a beautiful person, with a beautiful smile! Her beauty wasn't just on the outside, it was her inner beauty that made her so special!! She will be missed by all of us! Our thoughts and prayers have been with you, and will continue to be with you, now, and in the days ahead. May you find peace and comfort knowing she is with Jesus, and no more pain and suffering. And her memory will go on in all our hearts forever. God bless you all, and God bless Laurie's soul. Love and Hugs to each one of you. Dan & Linda Ortmann"
"Sympathy to you all. Laurie was one of my favorite babysitters years ago on the farm. She will be missed by many.
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Laurie and to the Johnson family. May God comfort you during these difficult days.
Jeanette Voshage Colligan"
"I was deeply saddened to hear of Laurie's passing. I pray that the wonderful memories that you have of her will help all of you get through this difficult time. You are all in my thoughts and prayers."
"SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. PRAYING FOR YOU ALL."
"So sorry for your loss, may all your great memories comfort you!! Asking our Lord to wrap you all up in His arms! Our heartfelt sympathy."
"Laurie was a wonderful lady and will be missed by everyone that knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you."
"Laurie was a beautiful lady and taken too soon. Sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers."
"Your mother will be missed by many family members and friends. My deepest condolences Sarah, Matt, Maria and Abby. This I know; she loved her children, her faith in God was unwavering, she had a heart of gold and her smile will never be forgotten. "
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Laurie. She was such a caring and loving person. I can't believe that she is gone but she fought an amazing fight. Hugs! "
"so very sorry for your loss"
"It's very hard to find the words to express my feelings. I have such warm memories of your dear mom, Laurie. Just knowing someday we will all be together still doesn't lighten the sorrow right now, time is the healer. Laurie will be missed, couldn't help but to love her."
"We are so sorry to all of you - prayers are with you."
"My sincere sympathy to the Lund & Johnson families. May your faith bring you the comfort & peace that you need at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you."
"Deeply sorry for your loss..."
"You have our deepest sympathy in the loss of your beautiful mother. The memories you made will stay with you forever. Cherish every one of them.....Hugs to you all. "
"I mine thought and prayers goes out to the family jonhson/lunds .
"I am sitting here trying to think of what to say and the words all sound ridiculous. There is nothing that can lessen your grief, or mine for that matter. Since my cancer diagnosis, I feel kindred to others that have cancer. My HOPES are that by all that have sacrificed, they come up with a way to save our Children from this Horrible disease. And I know Laurie felt the same."
"To the Johnson/Lund families. We were so sorry to hear of Lori's passing. What a beautiful lady inside and out she was. She will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you."
"Our sincere Sympathy to all of Laurie's family... She had an infectious smile. She will be missed...She is with the angels now with no more tears or pain.........God Bless All of You..........."
"To Katie and family of Laurie, You have my sincere sympathy with the loss of your daughter. She was too young. I have good memories of you all at Lutheran Church of Our Savior. So much in choir and in all of the days of service to Our Lord. May God bless and keep you during this time of mourning. I wish I could be there for services but can't now that I am in Illinois. God be with you always and may His Holy Spirit give you comfort and strength. "
"I'm so very sorry for family and friends of Laurie - she was such a LIGHT for everyone that knew her. In every memory I have she has a huge smile on her face and I see by these pictures that was the norm for her. My prayers for comfort and peace are with you all."
"So sorry to get the news that Laurie has gone to be with the other beautiful angels. I have known Laurie for many years, ever since Sarah was born.
Our daughters have been close friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you."
"As I looked through the pictures, the one attribute that was Lauries, was her big beaming joyfilled smile in all of them. I will never forget the time I was able to convince her we should take the helicopter ride and the smile she wore the whole ride. Laurie had such a loving caring heart for all, never judging a person, I will miss her much, and my condolences to her family as they go through this time of grief and sadness. Rest in Paradise Laurie. "
"Laurie was a special lady, who had great character and a big heart and a smile that was so inviting and would light up the room. She always had a way of making everyone feel welcomed and important. It was always a pleasure to be around her, and she had such a wonderful laugh that was so unique and refreshing. Laurie was always such a strong, willed person, all the way to the end. She was respected by many and touched many people's hearts in her short time here on earth, and will be missed tremendously. We all have many special memories of her that we will always cherish forever. I was very sad to hear of her passing, but, I know I will see her again in Heaven, where she will greet me in her special way, with her warm inviting smile and that wonderful, heartwarming laugh. I am praying for her mother, brothers, sisters and children during their time of loss. They have my deepest sympathy! Love Always - Doreen "
"My sympathies to the families and friends of Laurie Lund. It was a blessing to know her and more to be a friend. I've known Laurie for many years while are girls grew up together. Never have I seen Laurie without a smile on her face and caring friend to just visit with. She truly will be a beautiful angel as she was here with us. Sorry for your loss. "
"My heart goes out to Laurie's children/family for their loss. She will be missed by many. Her fight is over with that awful disease and now she is feeling better and watching over her loved ones from above. She will always be with you. My prayers are with you all."
"My heart is heavy and the tears are falling. I am sorry I did not get to see more of Laurie these last few years while I have worked out of town. My deepest sympathies to all of the family. I will miss having good talks with her when I would see her around town. God bless Laurie Lund and the family and friends that will miss her."
"So sorry to hear of Laurie's passing, my thoughts and prayers go out to her family for strength and healing now and in the days to come."
"Dear Lund and Johnson Families - My heart breaks for Laurie's kids, it's hard to lose a Mom, especially one so young. Although I knew Laurie, I didn't know her well. Heaven is indeed getting a beautiful angel, one who's smile lit up a room."
"What a beautiful person with an infectious smile always. May God grant all of you peace and comfort . The struggle is over and she has won. Blessed be the day when we all meet again.
"May you find strength and comfort in the memories you created together. Our sympathies to you all."
"To Mrs. Low,
I'm sorry about your mom,
"I'm so sorry to hear about Laurie!! Kathy,Reid, Orin, and the family,
Even she was my sister law at 1 time. She was a very nice person.and great sister law.
She going to be miss. And the family is in my prayers. And in my thoughts.
"I am sad to hear of the loss of Laurie. You will miss her family presence. Softly, may peace replace heartache and warmest memories remain. God bless you all as healing comes with the passing of time. My prayers and love go out to all within the Johnson family. "
"To Laurie's Family:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Jack and Marcine Elder"
"On behalf of the Cottonwood County Relay For Life, our sincere sympathy to all of Laurie's loved ones. She will long be fondly remembered for her warm, friendly smile and gentle ways by the many whose lives she touched!"
"So sorry to hear about Laurie's passing. I didn't know her very well but always thought what a great Mother she was and just a friendly caring lady, always smiling brightly."
"Laurie was an amazing woman. She had so much strength and was always there for family, friends and co-workers. She was assigned as my mentor at Red Rock Ridge when I started 9 years ago. I truly learned a lot from her. She loved her family with her whole heart and lit up from inside when she talked about any of them. She will be missed by many. God has a wonderful angel by his side."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this heartbreaking time. She was a wonderful young lady who touched so many lives. She will be missed by many. Seems god takes the best first, he has gained a sweet angel with a beautiful smile. Be comforted by your memories and may god wrap his arms around you all and comfort you all.
"Thinking of you know how much you will miss your mom. but not seeing her suffer and that she is at peace. A coincidence that she passed away on Wendy Jean Elness Weber's birthday? I think Wendy was waiting with open arms to welcome her into heaven."
"Sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers."
"Very said to hear the news about Laurie this morning. So glad to know that she is what I consider an "Eternal Friend", one that I will be able to spend time with in Heaven some day!"
"To Laurie's entire family - - Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you mourn the loss of your most special, beautiful, family member. May God Bless you with strength, courage, comfort and Peace, in the days ahead and may wonderful memories be with you until you meet again. Love you all -"
My heart is heavy as I hear the news of such a WONDERFUL lady earning her ^Angel^ wings. The love that she had for her family and friends shows through her children, grandchildren and siblings. She had a heart of gold that always put a smile on everyone she touched. She will be missed but not forgotten. Thinking of you all during these difficult days/weeks/months ahead, its not Good-bye, its SEE YOU LATER!! Thank you for sharing her with all of us, and now she is the Angel watching over you. Keep your memories that you made close and your friends and family closer, they are here for you in whatever you may need!! ((HUGS))"
"My thoughts & prayers are with Laurie's family & friends, God brought another beautiful angel home. Laurie will be so very missed she always wore that beautiful contagious smile. God Bless!!!"