Greg Johnson’s presence will live on at the place he called home
Greg Johnson lived at our Hwy 96 home in White Bear Lake for many years. He came to NER and our convent location in 1989, moving from the state institution in Faribault. Greg was a quiet gentleman who enjoyed the simple things, whether it was sitting quietly and observing others, spending time outdoors taking in the fresh air, or listening to music—country music was high on the list of favorite styles.
Renay Lunzer is the Program Manager at the Hwy 96 home. “More than anything, Greg’s brother, Mark, was dedicated to Greg,” she says. “He would come every couple of weeks to spend time with him. It was so wonderful that he cared so much to come be with him so often. We really appreciated him for that because Greg loved it when his brother came to visit, it meant so much to him. He would be really happy and smile a lot and make noises and that is how we knew.” Greg and Mark were the last in their family.
During the last year or so of Greg’s life, he purchased several items, including a new bed and a leather recliner for himself, along with a patio set and a gazebo covering that everyone at the home could enjoy. After his passing, his brother, Mark, decided to donate those items back to the home. He also donated Greg’s newer clothes to the other men at the Hwy 96 home and other NER homes. “Mark often gave Greg gift cards for Christmas, his birthday, and other holidays so then we would get him new clothing with those gift cards,” Renay says. “They will be put to good use.”
We are thankful for the opportunity to have supported Greg throughout his life and that his family entrusted his care to us. “We do miss Greg very much,” Renay says. “He meant a lot to all the staff and to the men here.”