Doris's Story

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Jan. 20, 1933-Jan. 29, 2011
God looked around His garden and found an empty space.
Then He looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face.
He placed His arms around you, and lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful, for He only takes the best.
Doris Arlene Johansen, a resident of Mill Road in the Town of Springfield, died Saturday evening, Jan. 29, 2011, at Otsego Manor. She was 78.
Born Jan. 20, 1933, at the Methodist Episcopal Hospital in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Peter Anker and Jennie Cecilia (Jensen) Olsen. Raised in Brooklyn, she attended school there and later was employed as a bookkeeper.
On Christmas Day of 1950, she married Karl Johan Johansen in a ceremony in South St. Paul, Minn. In 1968, they moved to Otsego County and settled into their home on Mill Road in Springfield in 1970.
A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Herkimer Branch, genealogy was a hobby Doris enjoyed, as well as gardeningespecially roses. Most of all she enjoyed having her family close by.
Doris is survived by three daughters, Carole Westerman and her husband, Russell, Arlene More and her husband, Stephen, and Susan Maldonado and Al Mang, and one son, Peter Edward Johansen and his wife, Stacy, all of Springfield; 11 grandchildren, Karen Benson, Lynn Vogel, Raymond More, April Grecho, Audrey Thomas, Sarah Maldonado, Richard Maldonado, Christine Johansen, Heather Ladd, Rebecca Johansen, and Karl Johansen; 12 great-grandchildren; and three sisters-in-law, Bonnie Olsen, Marie Glass, and Norma Whiting and her husband, Gene.
Doris was predeceased by her husband, Karl, who died Nov. 7, 1997; one son, John Johansen, who died in 1980; and one brother, Richard P. Olsen.
Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, when Doris’ family will be in attendance. Immediately following the visitation, a funeral service will be offered at 3 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home, with President Joseph Zvirzdin of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Herkimer Branch, presiding and conducting.
The dedication of the grave and burial will take place at a later date this spring in the Springfield Cemetery.
As an alternative to flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820, or to the Springfield First Responders, P.O, Box 358, Springfield Center, NY 13468.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  February 3, 2011
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