Mildred “Millie” Grace Peterson Johnson
Mildred “Millie” Grace Peterson Johnson, 93, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2020, with her daughter Lori by her side.
Millie was born April 14, 1927, in the Bronx to Swedish immigrants Ernest Harold Peterson and Euphemia Selementia Anderson. She grew up in Rego Park, New York and graduated from Forest Hills High School.
Millie met Roy Oscar Johnson at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Corona, New York, where they were married on April 17, 1949. They went on to start a life together in New Hyde Park, New York. She worked as a secretary for Standard Oil (Esso-Exxon) in Rockefeller Center, New York, then in the 1970s they moved to Lake Placid, where they purchased and ran Linen N’ Things, which they later turned into a children’s store, Farmor’s Kids. After Roy’s death in 2004, she moved to Danbury, Connecticut to live with her daughter Lori’s family.
Family, friends, and faith were everything to “Farmor/Mormor” (grandmother in Swedish). She loved games, puzzles, walks around Mirror Lake with friends and family. She shared her Swedish heritage and love of cross stitch, leaving behind fond memories, recipes, and mementos. She was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church of Holy Trinity in Saranac Lake and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut, and for many years enjoyed supporting her husband’s work with the Lake Placid Lions Club. She’ll be remembered for her quiet, gracious strength and kindness.
Millie was predeceased by her husband Roy, brother Harold, daughter Ruthann and son Keith. She is survived by her son Ken (wife Carol Johnson) of Steamboat Springs, Colorado; daughter Lori (husband Ted Flandreau) of Danbury; daughter-in-law Debbie Johnson (husband Keith) of Greeley, Colorado; grandchildren Nikki (Shawn), Haley (Dave), Kristen (Alex), Kara, Teddy, Grace, Lars, Breckin (Keith), and Kolton; and great-grandchild Oscar. Vila i frid, rest in peace, Farmor.
Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25 at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Newtown, Connecticut. Due to the pandemic, for safety, people may attend by viewing the live online streaming from the church website.
Donations in her honor may be made to DAWS Danbury Animal Welfare Society, Bethel, Connecticut.