Bruce Johanson, 68
Bruce Johanson, 68 years old, died on Friday, May 5, 2017 while receiving supportive care from St. Michael’s Hospital.
Born November 14, 1948 in Minneapolis, Minn. to O. Walter and Norma Johanson, Bruce lived most of his life in the Minneapolis area, primarily working in a glass products factory in Shakopee, Minnesota. He and his very young daughter, Kallista, moved to Stevens Point in 1995, joining his family who also moved to Stevens Point about that same time.
Alcoholics Anonymous has been a vitally important part of Bruce’s life for many years. AA provided Bruce personal support, friendship, and a means to support others in their struggles. A favorite activity for Bruce over recent years was playing cards with friends and his daughter around a kitchen table… and plenty of coffee. Bruce’s primary goal of the last couple decades was to bring his daughter, Kallista, through her growing-up years within a supportive community. Stevens Point, its institutions and many of its people, helped him to accomplish this life-goal.
Bruce is survived by his mother, Norma Johanson, daughter, Kallista Johanson, and brother, Ted (and Joan) Johanson, all living in Stevens Point. Bruce’s nieces and nephews are Kirsti, Marna, Peder, and Luke. Cindy Woodward of Stevens Point provided companionship and care as Bruce’s health declined.
A funeral service for Bruce, led by Rev. Clay Schmit, will occur at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stevens Point at 11 AM on Tuesday, May 9. A two-hour time of visitation from 9 AM to 11 AM will precede the service.
In lieu of flowers people are invited to support the Trinity Lutheran Day Care and/or the Stevens Point YMCA; both were important supports to Bruce and Kallista.