Theresa Johnson


Theresa Johnson Theresa Ann Johnson age 72 of Tracy passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015 at Prairie View Senior Living. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11 at Tracy Lutheran Church. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the church. Interment is in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Tracy. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Theresa Ann Johnson was born March 23, 1943 in Tracy, Minnesota to Morris and Frances (Visker) Johnson. She worked as a truck driver in her younger years, and worked various jobs in several states. Theresa cooked at the Red Rooster in Tracy and at the Homestead in Wabasso. She then worked in laundry at Prairie View for many years until she retired due to health reasons. In her younger years she rode horses and competed in school rodeos. Theresa enjoyed doing puzzles, cooking, baking, country music, and dancing, particularly polka dancing. She loved visiting on the phone with her sisters, having company, and family gatherings. Theresa especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Theresa is survived by her children: Robert Bruss of Park Rapids, Tammy Halfmann of Wabasso, and Jeffrey Gregg of Sanborn; grandchildren: Jaclyn and Jessica Bruss; Kristine (Darren) Martius and Laura Halfmann; Scott, David, and Tiffany Gregg; great grandchildren: Tyler, Jordan, Amy, Angel, and Karson Martius, and Jamina and Malak Halfmann. She is also survived by her sibings: Jan Dunk of Tracy, Lauretta (Dale) Danielson of Tracy, Eunice (Rod) Behrends of Worthington, Clarise (Dallas) Norstegard of Tracy, Larry (Pam) Weinberg of Tracy, Keith (Jackie) Weinberg of Windom, Kay Paczkowski of Tracy, Karen (Randy) Peterson of Iona, and Debra (Greg) Daniels of Queen Creek, AZ; and many other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter Stacy Halfmann, and siblings: Dorothy McWhitter, Robert Johnson, Marlene Torkelson, Linda Johnson, and Kenny Weinberg.


  1. Madonna Peterson says:

    May peace be with all of you as you struggle with the loss of Teri but yet feel a sense of peace knowing she can breathe freely again. You are in my thoughts and prayers.~ Hugs, Madonna

  2. bucky n boys says:

    We were blessed to have called here grandma n mom. Always on our mind and forever in our hearts.

  3. Lynn Petersen says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was so dear to me. In my early teen years I stayed with Terie when I began working at the Red Rooster. Those memories I hold very close to my heart. We spent MANY nights sitting up in that little blue house , talking, listening to her “country twang – twang” records (Frisbees). The fish fries ( minus the fish) because my Dad & Larry got “lost” that mile and half from our house to town. God, we were sooo hungry. The experiment those two guys did with the weak eggs when they did finally find there way home. Terie and my Mom weren’t none too impressed.. and we were still sooo hungry. She was a true Aunt, always making time for me. Always interested in what was happening in my life. She took interest in my girls when I became a Mom. Later in years, she especially enjoyed going to my Mom & Dad’s (When Hell Freezes Over) apartment at Twin Circles when I would bring my grandson Cameron to visit .. how Terie loved the babies. We fed him his first tootsie roll sucker … he loved it.. we had many laughs ; especially when his Mom showed up totally upset because ” her little boy” was a drooling , sticky, mess. Terie, my Mom, and I laughed from her reaction. That memory we shared over and over again. Terie would say , Lynn, remember the time when we gave Cameron that sucker … I would say , who’d ever forget that .. and we would both laugh & laugh . I also got the joy of not only having Terie as my Aunt , but also my co-worker. I trained her in at the nursing home in laundry; she took over for Tena Quigley when Tena retired. I was SO THANKFUL , as I was not a fan of the laundry room ; still not 21 years later. I always looked forward to the annual gathering at her home for the Box Car Day Parade… that was always a good time. I remember how she always had the coffee on and a jigsaw puzzle on the table. How she adored and displayed her Angel Collection. She loved Christmas , and decked her house out. How HAPPY she was Tammy when you brought her tree to her in the nursing home. Not only decorating it for Christmas, but for other holidays and Seasons. I know that brought much joy to her. I remember the day she entered the nursing home as a resident. We met her pretty much at the door; I said welcome to Prairie View Terie , and she began to cry… oh , how my heart broke.. I promised her we would take good care of her. It took some adjusting, but she came around a bit. She enjoyed going out into the dining room with Tiny after supper and they would have coffee and visit. We all loved your Mom; she became “an aunt” to many of the workers. Then she grew tired of fighting her battle..and she let that known. I spent the night of Easter Sunday with her in her room, as I knew we weren’t going to probably have her with us too much longer.. and I wanted to relive that time we had together so many years ago. Now we didn’t stay up all night talking and listening to her country twang twang … but we were together. It was now my time to make her fell comfortable and special as she did me all those years ago. The next morning she was awake when I had to go get ready for work. I told her I’d be back in 20 minutes, just had to run home get my uniform on, I’d be back. When I returned, she was sitting up waiting for me.. I asked her how she was doing… she nodded ok.. I was sitting next to her on her bed, I held her hand and she Thanked me for staying with her… this is my now most cherished memory of your Mom. I will miss your Mom DEARLY … But I know, because I asked her to … watch over all of us and send us signs she is till with us … and she said she would. So look for those signs from your Mom.. because she is still with us … because those that live in our hearts never die .

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