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Johanna Bothof Sept. 26, 1908 - April 6, 2009

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BELGRADE -- Johanna Bothof, 100, of Belgrade died Monday at the Belgrade Nursing Home.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Brooten Community Church. Burial will be in the Bethany Cemetery in Brooten.

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Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Johnson Funeral Home in Belgrade and for one hour prior to the services at the church.

Memorials are preferred to the Brooten Community Church, hospice or the Belgrade Nursing Home.

She was born Sept. 26, 1908, in Hull, Iowa, to John and Bertha (Bos) Zeylemaker. She grew up in Orange City, Iowa; Lester, Iowa; and Leota, Iowa. She attended Leota Christian School. Her family later moved to Chandler.

On Dec. 6, 1929, she married Gerrit Bothof. They farmed near Dune, Iowa, and later Melvin, Iowa. In 1934, they moved to Boyden, Iowa, and, in 1943, they moved Woodstock where they farmed until moving to Belgrade in 1953. They farmed until 1968 when they began working for Jennie-O Foods in Willmar. They worked there until their retirement in 1979. Gerrit died in 2004.

She was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Brooten where she was active in the Senior Citizens Bible Study. She was a charter member of the American Reformed Church in Woodstock and West Valley Reformed Church in Sun City, Ariz.

She is survived by her children: John Bothof of Arizona City, Ariz., Willard (and Jean) Bothof of Phoenix, Bertha Thompson of Seal Beach, Calif., Hattie Jean (and Cliff) McCann of Belgrade, Connie Thompson (and James Gray) of Phoenix, David (and Sue) Bothof of Pewaukee, Wis., and Donna Herzberg of Paynesville; 28 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; a sister: Nellie Groot of Hemit, Calif.; daughters-in-law: Gertrude Bothof of Brookfield, Wis., and Marge Bothof of Delphi, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons: Gerald and Marion; one daughter: Albertha; one grandson; one great-granddaughter; three sons-in-law: Michael Ogdahl, Ray Thompson and Vince English; and four sisters.

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