Florence Johannes

September 21, 1921 ~ November 15, 2020 (age 99)


Florence (Court) Johannes, a long-time resident of Watkins, MN, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at the age of 99, surrounded by family throughout the day. A private family funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins with burial at St. Anthony’s Cemetery. The service will be live streamed on her obituary page on


Born on September 21, 1921, Florence was the only daughter of eight children and grew up on the family farm near Luxemburg. She married Alois Johannes during WWII on December 19, 1944. After the war, Watkins became their permanent residence, where they raised their five children.


Florence was a devoted wife and wonderful mother. Her warmth and kindness were shared with family, friends and neighbors. She was also a self-employed sales associate with Stanley Home Products for over 50 years, selling household products and leading a team of associates.


She enjoyed crafts and had an artistic flair, which she demonstrated in her multitude of ceramic pieces painted over the years. Her hand painted ornaments are a cherished memory for her children and grandchildren. She loved gardening and continued this passion well into her 90’s. She was always up for a good game of cards, accompanied by laughter, with family and friends. One of her greatest joys was spending time with her family at the cabin.


She is survived by her loving children - Audrey (Ken) Kelley, Steve (LeAnn), Tim (Pam), Paul (Seda); 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 3 brothers - Al, Jerry, Arnie.


She was preceded in death by her husband (Sept 24, 1991), son Bob (Nov 1, 1998), parents Joseph and Hilda (Waltzing) Court, and 4 brothers - Vic, Arthur, Duane, Don.


A special thank you to the Garden View at Hilltop staff for their wonderful care over the past few years. Also, much gratitude to the staff at St. Benedict’s Senior Community for their compassionate care over the past several months.


In lieu of flowers, donations or memorials to dementia research are preferred.

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Private Family Service
November 21, 2020

Ertl Funeral Home
221 Church Street
Watkins, MN 55389

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