Carmen Kaye Johnson-Klassen was born on April 17, 1971, in Rockford, Illinois.
She was the daughter of Robert Eugene “Gene” and Jill Suzanne (Richards) Johnson. Carmen was baptized as an adult on March 12, 1992 at Vasa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vasa, Minnesota, and was later 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 Senior High School Class of 1989. Carmen furthered her education at Dakota County Tech College in Rosemount, Minnesota pursuing an Accounting Clerk Degree through June of 1994. She also went to Ridgewater Technical College in Hutchinson, Minnesota pursuing an Accounting Degree through November of 1994. Carmen then went to Model College of Hair Design in St. Cloud, Minnesota to pursue her Cosmetologist Degree through August of 2000.
On August 25, 2012, Carmen was united in marriage to Cory Klassen at Fireman’s Park in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with four children, Brittany, Tanner, Jenaa, and Cole. Carmen and Cory resided in Hutchinson, and later moved to Glencoe, Minnesota in January of 2012. They shared five years of marriage.
Carmen was self-employed at Barberettes in Hutchinson being a cosmetologist for nine years. Carmen was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson. She was also a chairperson for one term for McLeod County Children’s Mental Health Advisory, was a PACER trained volunteer, was a member of Thrive Initiative, was founder/facilitator of Autism Support Group, and was a member of Habitat for Humanity.
Carmen enjoyed being outdoors camping, fishing, hiking, and gardening. She also enjoyed cooking, baking, and painting. Carmen loved playing practical jokes on Cory, especially on April Fools Day! She especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.
Carmen passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at her home in Glencoe, at the age of 46 years.
Blessed be her memory.
Carmen is survived by her:
Parents, Robert (Gene) and Jill Johnson of Lehigh Acres, FL;
Husband, Cory M. Klassen of Glencoe, MN;
Children, Brittany (Lindell) and her husband, Dany Stoufer of Hutchinson, MN,
Tanner Lindell of Hutchinson, MN,
Jenaa Nebel of Albertville, MN,
Cole Cameron of Hutchinson, MN;
Grandchildren, Venessa Nebel of Albertville, MN,
Annika Nebel of Albertville, MN;
Mother by Heart, Rita Weber of Glencoe, MN;
Sister by Heart, Jessica (Tersteeg) and her husband, Jim Rannow of Hutchinson, MN,
Katie Lewerenz of Darwin, MN,
Nicole Phillips of Duluth, MN,
Peggy (Schultz) and her husband, Bruce Holmgreen of Black River Falls, WI;
Special Dog, Buddy;
Many other relatives and friends.
Carmen is 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 by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at www.hantge.com. Please click on Obituaries/Guest Book.