Dorothy Courbat Johnson, 97, of Wheaton

Published 11:04am Friday, March 7, 2014


Dorothy Courbat Johnson, 97, of Wheaton, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at PioneerCare Center in Fergus Falls.

Dorothy was born on Oct. 28, 1916, on the family farm in rural Norcross, the oldest of three girls and one boy. Dorothy graduated from Herman High School in 1935.

She married Floyd Courbat on Nov. 10, 1938, on her parent’s farm in Norcross.

Dorothy is survived by three children, Karen (Leland) Sperr of Wheaton; Calvin (Mary) Courbat of Nashua and Tampa, Fla. and Janeice (Ken) Raiche of Fredericksburg, Va.; eight grandchildren, Leone Nilson of St. Cloud, Mark (Tammy) Sperr of Eden Prairie, Lois Sperr of Wheaton, Larry (Cheryl) Sperr of Hanover, Melissa Sperr of St. Cloud, Erin (Andy) Bender of Manassas, Va.; Jennifer (Landy) Dove of Apache Junction, Ariz., and Anthony Raiche of Alexandria, Va.; 12 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marion Johnson of Minneapolis; a brother-in-law, Merwin Adams of Fergus Falls; and special friends, Gary Fredrickson and Devota Mecklenburg both of Fergus Falls.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husbands, Floyd and Walter; parents, Emmanuel and Hulda Johnson; a daughter, Judith; a son, Rodney; a grandson, David John Sperr; a brother Edward; and sisters, Ruth Dirks and Marion Adams.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Wheaton. Ranney-Bainbridge Funeral Home in Wheaton was in charge of arrangements.



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