Judy Johnson

March 26, 1946 - May 2, 2020

Judy Ruth Johnson, age 74, of New Prague, died suddenly after a brief illness at her home on Saturday, May 2, 2020.  Judy was born on March 26, 1946 in Oelwein, Iowa and adopted into a very loving family by George and Ruth (Sorge) Lentz.  She graduated from West High School in Waterloo, IA.  Judy moved to Minnesota in 1993 from Texas to be closer to her children living in Minnesota.  While in Texas she owned and operated a large antique store.  After moving to Minnesota, she opened “Ashley’s Attic” in New Prague and a second location a year later in Jordan.  She worked for some years in a bank but was most proud of her years as a school secretary for Minnesota River Valley Education Coop.  She was a dedicated employee who loved the contact she had with students.  Judy loved to travel with her parents as a child and took that passion into adulthood with her children and grandchildren with travel and particularly camping trips.  She also enjoyed garage sales and fishing and had been looking forward to getting outdoors and once again throwing a hook into the water for the fishing season.  Even though Judy was a private person, once she met a friend, she was a friend for life and gave that friendship all of her care and attention.  She most enjoyed the closeness and time that she had with her grandchildren.


Judy is survived by her daughter, Brenda Torgerson of New Prague, MN; sons, Darin (Skye) Johnson of Montgomery, MN and Todd (Audrey) Johnson of Allen, TX; grandchildren, Ashley, Nicholas, Anastasia, Aiden, and Collin; sister, Shirlee (Larry) Opdahl of Venice, FL.  She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Donald Lentz.


No services will be held at this time.

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Lorraine Hoffman
4 months ago

Dear Brenda, Darin and Todd and families,

Deepest sumpathy upon the loss of your mom. My thoughts and memories of Judy are only good and I am happy to know that she lived a rich and joyful life with all of you.
Please find hope and strength in your faith, family, and friends. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

God Bless,
Lorraine (Johnson) and Peter Hoffman

Brenda, Darin and Todd
4 months ago

Thank you for your kind words and memories.

Rebecca Culpepper
4 months ago

Brenda, I am so sorry to hear of your family’s loss. You and Judy were always such a good team together, and to have to go through something like this during this pandemic, making it all even harder, is so unfair. Prayers for comfort to you, Ashley, Nick, and other family. I remember when you and Judy took Ashley and I to Flordia after our crummy senior year. That was one of the best times of my life, and I am so grateful to have that memory of us girls together. She sure added some spice to our mix. Haha.… Read more »

4 months ago

Thank you Rebecca for your thoughtful memories. That trip was a highlight for her as well.

Fred and Pat Weber
4 months ago

Brenda, Was so sorry to hear of your Mother’s death. Our friendship began years ago when. You and Julie were in grade school. Our paths through life took us to different places over the years, but I will remember her fondly. My sympathy goes out to your dear family and to those of Darin and Todd also.

4 months ago

Thank you for reaching out. She always talked fondly of you as well!

Darla Payne
4 months ago

So sorry for the loss of your Mother. She was always a fun person to be around. I will always remember her.

4 months ago
Reply to  Darla Payne

Thank you Darla for your thoughtfulness.

Matty benkofske
4 months ago

Brenda and Family, I am so sorry to read of Judy’s sudden death. It doesn’t matter your own age, losing a mother is so very difficult.

4 months ago

Thank you Matty for your kind words. This was so sudden that it doesn’t feel real. Thanks again

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