SPARTA — Denise Margaret Young, 65, of Sparta passed away Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at the Mayo Health System, Sparta.
Denise was born June 26, 1952, to Finn and Joan (Newsam) Johnson in Duluth, Minn. She grew up in La Crosse and was a 1970 graduate of Logan High School. She went on to receive her BS in music education at UW-La Crosse and later proceeded to obtain her master’s degree in elementary education. She met her future husband while she was student teaching in the music department and the rest is history. On Feb. 15, 1975, she married her best friend, Aaron Young; together they made their home in Sparta.
To say that Denise loved teaching would be putting it mildly. She found her niche working with fourth grade students in the Sparta School District. Denise was disappointed when she had to take early retirement, after 22 years of teaching, due to physical disabilities. But this gave her time to enjoy her favorite past times, reading, tending her flower gardens and being a rock-star mom and wife to her family.
Denise is survived by her best friend of almost 43 years, Aaron, of Sparta; two children, Ian (Heather Rogers) of La Crosse and Alyssa of Sparta; a brother, Frank (Nina) Johnson of Illinois and Florida; several sisters and brothers-in-law; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Denise was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister-in-law, Marsha Johnson.
A celebration of life will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Jake’s Northwoods, in Sparta.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Meadowview Intermediate School or Sparta Area Cancer Society (SACS). The Torkelson Page-Smith Funeral Home of Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.torkelsonfuneralhome.com.