Grace Ellen Johnson
Entered Into Rest: Dec 5, 2011
January 25, 1921
Monday, December 5, 2011
Thursday, December 8th from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Weigel Funeral Home in Swanton
Friday, December 9th at 11:00 am at Lytton United Church of Christ
Dutch Ridge Cemetery
Grace Ellen Johnson, age 90, entered into rest, Monday afternoon, December 5, 2011, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of Raymond and Eva Woodring born January 25, 1921. She graduated from Metamora High School and attended Ft. Wayne Business College, where she earned her Associate’s Degree in accounting. On November 24, 1963, she married Ralph Johnson. He preceded her in death on April 2, 2008.
She was a faithful member of Lytton United Church of Christ. She and her husband were very active with the youth group traveling on several mission trips throughout Europe. They helped maintain a couple Indian Reservations, installed wells in Africa, worked on pecan farms alongside former President Jimmy Carter – just to name a few. She was very active with local mission work as well - including Habitat for Humanity and the Farm Bureau. She and Ralph were major recyclers of newspaper, glass, tin and scrap metal. They also ran a thrift shop from their home. People from all over the area would bring in items. All the money generated was donated to missions around the world.
Grace is survived by her beloved children, Galen (Veronica) Krieger of Phoenix, AZ, Marilyn Jackson of Mauston, WI, Alvin (Rosemarie) Johnson of Delta, OH, Lois (Calvin) Bernholtz of Delta, OH, Karen Meyers of Wauseon, OH; 8 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; sisters-in-law, Florence Salsberry and June Johnson; brother-in-law, Marvin Johnson; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband, Ralph, Grace was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Roger Cruea; sisters, Mildred Spicer and Orpha Leupp; and sons-in-law, Jim Meyers and Wayne Jackson.
Family and friends may visit Thursday, December 8th from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631). Visitation will continue Friday, December 9th from 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Lytton United Church of Christ, 12892 County Road 5 in Delta, where services will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Mary Burroughs officiating. Interment will follow at Dutch Ridge Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 1745 Indianwood Circle, Ste. 200, Maumee, OH 43537.
The family extends a special thank you to all of Grace’s very special friends and caregivers who looked after her the past several years.
December 7th, 2011 6:18 am
Such a caring person as Aunt Grace will be missed. Her work here is done and you have lots of wonderful memories of her life.
ANN (PASS) DUNCAN
December 7th, 2011 2:36 pm
GAYLEN, MARILYN, AND KAREN I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER ME BUT WE HAD A LOT OF GOOD TIMES IN OUR YOUNGER YEARS, I AM VERY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR MOTHER, IM VERY SURE SHE IS IN A LOT BETTER PLACE THAN WE ARE, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU.
Thomas and Carol Bilang
December 7th, 2011 5:47 pm
Lois, Karen and Alvin and families,
Tom and I were sorry to read of Grace's passing. I remember visiting Ralph and Grace often (with you Lois) during and after our BGSU years. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
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Galen & Marilyn,
Rose Foster was kind enough to email me a copy of the Toledo Blade obituary on your mother. I had actually visited Grace and Ralph in 2002 when I was in Fulton County on a genealogy expedition. We talked about my mother, Ileta Krieger Zellner who had died that year and how she would bring us to Fulton County to visit you and Eldean & Verlin Krieger. I still email Eldean occasionally as we both do genealogy. I was surprised the obituary did not mention your father. You both have my sympathy on your loss.
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