Obituary: Gail Dian Johnson


February 24, 2023

Gail Dian Johnson, 73, of Mahtowa passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, in St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. She was born on July 27, 1949, to William and Helga Jylka. Gail married Albert C. Johnson on July 29, 1972, in Mahtowa.

Her love of reading led her to her dream job, working 28 years for the City of Cloquet at the public library. She also enjoyed her summers in retirement at Cutfoot Sioux Lake.

Gail was preceded in death by her grandparents, John and Elina Heikkila and Stephan and Ida Jylka; parents, William and Helga Jylka; brother, Gary D. Jylka; niece Tracy Jylka; and nephew, Jeremy Jylka.

She will be deeply missed by her husband, Albert; sons, Troy W. (Tina) Johnson and Todd A. Johnson, both of Cromwell; her pride and joy were her grandchildren, Cailee, Johanna, Christina, Trey (Caelan) and Anja; but her greatest joy were her three great-grandchildren, Michael, Cooper and Ava. Also special to her heart were nieces Tammy (Jim) Myrick and Gina (Mitch) Tavares; her childhood best friend, Phyllis Lehti (Jim) Casperson; her only remaining first cousin, Kenneth Koivisto; and numerous friends and neighbors.

A Gathering of Friends and Family will be held in the spring. Arrangements entrusted to Atkins Northland Funeral Home, 801 14th St., Cloquet. To sign the guestbook and leave an online tribute, see

Pine Knot News, Feb. 24, 2023


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