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Britton, SD: Donna M. Johnson, 91 of Britton, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Marshall County Healthcare Center of Britton. Respecting the restrictions of the COVID19 pandemic, her family is planning a private graveside service at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Kidder.

Donna Marie Seemann was born August 26, 1928 in Langford, SD to Berthold “Bert” and Clara (Roehr) Seemann. She was baptized in the First Presbyterian Church of Britton. Donna attended a number of different Marshall County Schools before graduating from Britton High School in May of 1946. During her childhood, Donna lived in Langford, SD, Thorp Hereford Ranches and Britton SD.

On September 19, 1948 Donna was united in marriage with Eugene (Gene) J. Johnson. They moved to their farm east of White Lake, where they lived until 2008 when they retired to Britton. Gene passed away in April 27, 2010. Donna remained in their apartment for a year and then moved to Spruce Court in 2011. Donna truly loved her Spruce Court family.

Donna was an avid gardener and had canned thousands of jars of garden produce she loved to share with everybody. Her “Grandma Johnson Pickles” have always been a family favorite. Donna was also a fantastic baker. She was always baking goodies to share with friends and family. As busy as she was, Donna enjoyed listening to and watching her kids, grandkids and friends in all of their activities.

Donna worked as a medical assistant for many years at the Marshall County Clinic. She loved her job and the patients she met along the way. Her patients were always blessed with Donna’s calm and assuring way, her vast knowledge and her pleasant smile that could put the most apprehensive person at ease.

Donna’s hands were always busy, whether it was working any of her multiple sewing projects or completing one of her homemade blankets or quilts. Each of Donna’s grandchildren received a special quilt that Grandma Donna had made, just for them.

Gene and Donna were members of the Pleasant Valley Church of rural Kidder. Donna was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Donna is survived by her five children: Debbie Bosse of Brampton, ND; Sandy (Joseph) Neville of Madison, SD; Daryl (Glenda) Johnson of Aberdeen, SD; Larry (Jill) Johnson of Madison, SD; Marcie (Chad) Kooima of Rock Valley, IA; her ten grandchildren: Heather Bosse, Jason Bosse, Bruce (Jodi) Bosse, Amanda (Murray) Coble, Emily (Keefe) Nelson, Megan (Cody) Fritz, Sarah (Brennen) Ahlers, Trevor Johnson, Morgan (Tessa) Kooima and Nicholas Kooima and 14 Great Grandchildren.

Preceding Donna in death were her parents, her husband Eugene, her siblings: Dorothy Buisker, Clayton Seemann, and Leadro Seemann, and her son-in-law James Bosse.

The family suggests that memorials be directed to Pleasant Valley Lutheran Church – C/O Julie Hagen, Treas. – 43036 115th St. – Britton, SD or Spruce Court – 411 9th Ave. – Britton, SD 57430.

Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Sandy Neville – 214 Best Point Dr. – Madison, SD 57042.

An online guestbook and obituary are available at

Marshall County Journal

PO Box 69, Britton, SD 57430
Phone: (605) 448-2281
Fax: (605) 448-2282