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Carmen Johnson-Klassen, Glencoe

Carmen Johnson-Klassen

Carmen Johnson-Klassen, 46, of Glencoe, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at her home.
A private family celebration of life will be held at the Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson with Chaplain Penny Entringen officiating. Soloist Cory White will sing “I Can Only Imagine.” The congregational hymn will be “Amazing Grace.” Special music will be “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper and “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway musical “Rent.”
Carmen Kaye Johnson-Klassen was born April 17, 1971, in Rockford, Illinois, the daughter of Robert Eugene “Gene” and Jill Suzanne (Richard) Johnson. She was baptized as an adult on March 12, 1992, at Vasa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vasa, Minnesota, and was confirmed in her faith in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, through high school. She received her education in Black River Falls and was a graduate of the Black River Falls High School class of 1989. She furthered her education at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, pursuing an accounting clerk degree through June 1994. She also attended Ridgewater Technical College in Hutchinson, pursuing an accounting degree through November 1994. She then went to Model College of Hair Design in St. Cloud to pursue her cosmetologist degree through August 2000.
On Aug. 25, 2012, she was united in marriage to Cory Klassen at Fireman’s Park in Hutchinson. Their marriage was blessed with four children, Brittany, Tanner, Jenaa and Cole. The couple resided in Hutchinson and later moved to Glencoe in January 2012. They shared five years of marriage.
She was self-employed at Barberettes in Hutchinson, being a cosmetologist for nine years. She was a member of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. She was the chairperson for one term for McLeod County Children’s Mental Health Advisory, was a PACER-trained volunteer, a member of Thrive Initiative, was a founder and facilitator of Autism Support Group, and was a member of Habitat for Humanity.
She enjoyed being outdoors camping, fishing, hiking and gardening. She also enjoyed cooking, baking and painting. She loved playing practical jokes on Cory, especially on April Fools Day. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.
She is survived by her parents, Robert “Gene” and Jill Johnson of Lehigh Acres, Florida; husband, Cory M. Klassen of Glencoe; children, Brittany (Lindell) and husband Dany Stoufer of Hutchinson, Tanner Lindell of Hutchinson, Jenaa Nebel of Albertville and Cole Cameron of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Venessa Nebel and Annika Nebel, both of Albertville; mother by heart, Rita Weber of Glencoe; sisters by heart, Jessica (Tersteeg) and husband Jim Rannow of Hutchinson, Katie Lewerenz of Darwin, Nicole Phillips of Duluth and Peggy (Schultz) and husband Bruce Holmgreen of Black River Falls, Wisconsin; special dog, Buddy; many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Kenny and Norma Richards and Robert “Bob” Johnson; uncles, Randy Johnson and Robert “Bob” Austin; and her special dog, Chaz, who followed in Carmen’s passing.
Arrangements are with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.