The funeral service for Marian E. Johnson, 96, a longtime Racine resident, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the United Methodist Church in Racine, with the Rev. Bridget Sheely officiating.
Mrs. Johnson died of natural causes at the Stewartville Care Center, where she had been a resident since March of this year.
Marian Eleanor Glover was born on Feb. 26, 1922, to Harry and Daisy Glover in Racine. She grew up on the Glover family farm and attended Racine and Stewartville schools, graduating from Stewartville High School in 1940.
Marian was married on Dec. 28, 1941, in Spring Valley, to Emmett S. Johnson. After their marriage, the couple lived in Racine, where Emmett was employed at the Racine Co-op Creamery. In 1943, the couple moved to Seattle, where Emmett was employed at Boeing Aircraft. In 1944, he enlisted into the U.S. Army serving for two years.
After his discharge, the Johnsons moved back to Racine, where they raised their six sons. Marian was homemaker and Emmett began working for the former Stewartville Farmers Elevator, now the All-American Co-op in 1957, retiring as an assistant manager in 1985. Mr. Johnson died on April 10, 1995.
Marian was a longtime active member of Racine United Methodist Church, where she served on many committees through the years. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, camping, fishing, rummage sales, and watching the Minnesota Twins. Marian loved spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A special thank you to the Stewartville Nursing Home and Mayo Hospice for their excellent care the past few weeks.
Marian is survived her five sons, Robert Lee (Paulette) Johnson of Racine, Douglas Van (Jo) Johnson of Racine, Dennis Lynn (Mary) Johnson of Ft Myers, Fla., Alan Sherwood (Patricia) Johnson of Winona, and Scott Julius (Nancy Majerus) Johnson of Racine; 12 grandchildren, Tawny (Bill) Amos, Jay Johnson, Carrie (Tony) Stanislawski, Tim (Julie) Johnson, Ben (Cherie) Johnson, Marty Johnson (Jodi Reiland), Sarah (Ray) Pedraja, Jennifer (Jonathan) Turner, Michelle Grenier, Emily (Christopher) Tyler, and Kristin (Brandon) Thoennes; 18 great-grandchildren, Jacob and Mikya Amos, Kinsley and Carter Johnson,Taylor and Dylan Stanislawski, Braydon, Drew and Kolby Johnson, Julien Audetat, Michael Johnson, Lucy and Gabriel Pedraja, Emmalyn and Eleanor Turner, Mason, Zoe and Caiden Grenier, and Jeffrey Tyler; siblings, Harriet Sullivan, Fran Gentling, and Wesley (Karen) Glover, all of Rochester, and Marjorie Koch of Walker; and brother-in-law, Joyce Johnson of Racine; and many neices and nephews. She was preceded in death by husband, Emmett; her parents; son, Barry Lee; granddaughter, Jacqueline Johnson; great-grandson, Ryan Stanislawski; and brother, Franklin ‘’Buddy’’ Glover.
A time of visitation for family and friends will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home Stewartville and one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. A private family burial will take place at Hamilton Cemetery in rural Racine. Marian’s family suggests memorials to Racine United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home, Stewartville. Online condolences and memories of Marian are welcome at www.griffin-gray.com.