Mathilda K. Popken was born Jan. 19, 1916, on the family farm east of Craig, the daughter of John G. and Katherine (Janssen) Popken. Mathilda was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Craig. She attended country school near her home.
Mathilda was united in marriage to Harry L. Johnson Nov. 17, 1937, at St. John Lutheran in Craig. Mathilda and Harry farmed near Craig until moving to Fort Dodge, in 1957. Mathilda worked as a clerk for the city of Fort Dodge until retirement.
In the early 1991, Mathilda was diagnosed with macular degenerative eye disease. Harry died in January 1993 and she moved to Le Mars in February of that year to be closer to her daughter, Ardis. As her vision deteriorated, Mathilda always kept her sense of humor nor let it slow her down.
She enjoyed attending church and socializing. Years earlier, she enjoyed going fishing with family and friends and crocheting for the gift shop at Floyd Valley Hospital.
She and Harry enjoyed traveling to Colorado to visit their sons regularly during their retirement years. In April 2010, she moved to Park Place where she enjoyed the people and activities.
Survivors include her three children, Ardis Popken and her husband, Romain, of Hinton, Oliver Johnson and his wife, Bethel, of Aurora, Colo., and Loren Johnson and his wife, Dorothy, of Greeley, Colo.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John G. and Katherine (Janssen) Popken; three sisters, Amanda Oltmanns, Esther Janssen, and Norma Popken.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Le Mars with the Rev. Greg Gabriel officiating. Interment will be at St. John Lutheran Cemetery, Craig. Visitations will be after 5 p.m. Friday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home. Visitations will continue Saturday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Michael Popken, Marc Anfinson, Roger Wenzel, Jacob Popken, Joseph Popken, and Austin Anfinson.
Expression of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.