Kirsten (Norlund) Johnson

My oldest daughter, Kirsten (Norlund) Johnson, passed away in September, from injuries sustained in a terrible car accident. My life is forever changed.

She leaves behind her partner, Brad Garrett, and four teenage children, Anna, Aaron, Abby, and Amelia, as well as an extended family and a large community of friends.

Born and raised in Rohnert Park, California, Kirsten lived in Minnesota for a time, later moving to Texas where she has resided for nine years. Always devoted to her four children, she found great joy as a “band mom,” supporting both the Killian Middle School music program and the Hebron High School Marching Band in their competitions and shows. She enjoyed the theater, which she attended with her kids, and particularly loved getting a deal on good seats. Always a hard worker, she threw herself into every job she took on. Most recently she worked in the insurance industry and had returned to school where she was focusing on her skills as a writer.

Kirsten had a wonderful way with people, always able to make complete strangers feel welcome – and she cherished her circle of friends, sharing life’s journey with them and stepping up in times of need. She had the rare ability to light up the world when she entered a room, and embraced her own humanity with humor and passion. Our lingering conversations are filled with terms like star and heart and larger than life. Fortunately for us, Kirsten loved a good photo op, so we have plenty of opportunities to remember good times and happy stories.

Kirsten, my bright and beautiful wild child – you will live in our hearts forever!

You can read Kirsten’s obituary and sign her online guest book here.

4 thoughts on “Kirsten

  1. Kimberly, my heart continues with you as you integrate the loss of Kirsten’s presence in your life and the life of her family. I do hope that you are taking good care of yourself, getting lost of rest, and remembering the moments that bring you the courage to continue on. Praying from Mary’s home in Chartres, Jill

  2. Oh dear, Kimberly. I am so sorry to hear of your daughter’s death. Thank you for sharing the story. I am so touched by it. I can’t imagine any grief deeper than losing a beloved child. Holding you in love and light, Dawn

  3. Oh Kimberly, I’m so saddened for you and your family. I can’t even begin to imagine the shock & grief you may be experiencing. Words fail and nothing to do, but send you my deep love & care, dear one.

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