Barbara Kjorstad was born February 10, 1958 in Williston, ND, the daughter of the late Lynn and Jeanette (Durham) Kjorstad. She grew up and attended school in Williston, graduating from Williston High School and later graduating from NDSU in Fargo. She was united in marriage to Russell Johnson on July 19, 1980 in Williston, ND. The couple made their home in Park River where she worked as a medical technologist at St. Ansgar’s Hospital and later the Life Skills and Transition Center. She made the decision to quit working to be a stay-home-mom and raise the couple’s six children.
Her faith was the most important part of her life, as she exuded the love of her Savior and Lord to all she met. She was a member of the Faith Evangelical Free Church of Grand Forks. She taught Sunday School for many years, and was a member of the Gideon’s Auxiliary and served on the board for the Pregnancy Help Center for many years. She enjoyed cooking, baking and cross country skiing.
Barbara is survived by her husband Russell, Park River, ND, Alyssa Johnson, Grand Forks, ND, Seth (Angie) Johnson, Grafton, ND, Levi (Tierra) Johnson, Park River, ND, Julia (Will) Halverson, Fargo, ND, Jessica (Jonah) Lange, Fargo, ND, and Grace Johnson, Park River, ND; 1 brother, six sisters; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 10:30 AM at the Faith Evangelical Free Church of Grand Forks. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Service is open to the public. Social distancing guidelines will be followed. The service will be livestreamed on the Faith Evangelical Free Youtube page. Interment will be at the Memorial Park Cemetery of Park River, ND. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Pregnancy Help Center of Park River or The Gideons International.