Earl Johnsen, age 79, of Pine River MN passed away on January 17, 2019 at Vitas Hospice Care in Naples, Fl. He was born March 9, 1939 in Chicago, IL to John and Hilda (Brandt) Johnsen. He was a 1961 graduate of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. While continuing his education at Northern Illinois University, he met Yvonne Bergwall through their involvement in the Lutheran Student Association. Earl and Yvonne were married on August 1, 1964. Through the years, they raised two children. Earl taught and counseled hundreds of youth in Minnesota schools over his long career in public education. He retired from Pine River - Backus Schools in 1996. Earl remained active in the First Lutheran Church, community choirs and theater, Lions Club and Pine River Food Shelf in his retirement. Earl enjoyed a Christ-centered life around his family, whom he loved, and his community.
He is survived by his wife Yvonne (Bergwall) Johnsen, son Brian (Camille) Johnsen, daughter Heidi Martinson, grandchildren Leo and Emma Johnsen, and Aneleise, Paul and Anika Martinson. A celebration of his life will be held at 11:00am, April 27, at First Lutheran Church, Pine River. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be given to the First Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund, Pine River.