Cheryl Ann Johnstone

Cheryl Ann Johnstone, 53, of Stanchfield, formerly of North Branch, passed away after a long seven year battle with lung cancer on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at her home.  

Cheryl was born May 14, 1958 in St. Paul, Minn. She was the owner and “Star of the Show” at the Outback Saloon in Stanchfield. She was a very loving mother, grandmother, and friend to all.

Cheryl could have been known as a “Jill of all Trades.” Everything she did in life, she did well; from speed skating, ping pong, where she was known as “The Wall,” fishing, and gardening. She succeeded at every career she tried; from bus driving to real estate (she could sell a mobile home to a millionaire). Her true passion was getting people to have a good time. She was able to turn a bar into a place where everyone wanted to hang out.  Cheryl had a sign above her bar that was handed down from her grandfather that read: “You are a stranger here, but only once.” She lived by that motto, treating each stranger as a new friend. She touched so many lives with just a simple joke or a smile.  She will be truly missed by her loving companion of 20 years Martin, her loving family, and many friends.

Cheryl is preceded in death by her grandparents William and Minnie King, mother Lila Johnson, and brother Michael King.

She is survived by the love of her life, Martin Johnson of Stanchfield, son Jay (Joanne) Johnstone of Woodbury, daughters Kori (Brian) Polzin of Roberts, Wis.; and Brittney King of Rogers, Ark.; grandchildren Jacob, Trenton, and Briahna; father Joseph Johnson of North Branch, and brother Bill (Lisa) King of Hugo; several other relatives and many friends.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Rich Chronis officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 3, from 5-8 p.m. at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery of Braham.  Casket bearers are Jay Johnstone, Jacob Rositzki, Don Saunders, Russ Vanbeek, David Anderson and Brian Polzin. Arrangements are by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.