THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Pauline Zipporah Johnson
Pauline Zipporah Johnson, 95, of Menominee passed away on Thursday March 14 at the Luther Home. She was born on Aug. 1, 1917, to the late William J. H. and Annie (Jeffery) Snell in Menominee. She graduated from Menominee High School in 1934.
On July 31, 1954, she married Oscar Johnson in Menominee. He preceded her in death on March 6, 2001. Polly as she was known to family and friends, worked for Signal Electric Co., M&M Light & Traction, Marvin Malmsten Dealership, and retired from Lloyd Mfg. Co.
As a young adult she helped her father raise turkeys on the family farm and learned her lifelong love of gardening from her parents. She could always be seen with a camera in hand, snapping all the important moments. She was a woman of faith and was very active at her church, First United Methodist Church in Menominee, having taught Sunday school, holding numerous offices including, church secretary and treasurer. She was member of the United Methodist Women and was very proud that she had sung in the church choir since she was 16 years of age. Family and friends were most important to her and she hosted many a family get-together over the years. She was known for Polly's baked beans at the numerous potlucks she attended.
Growing up during the Great Depression precluded her from attending college but she sold Avon products, attaining the level of President's Club, so that this would be possible for her two daughters. She was the very best Mom and Grandma in the world. Her ready smile and twinkle in her eye will be missed.
Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Johnson and Carol (Michael) Callow both of Menominee; honorary daughter and foreign exchange student, Faithe Hanrahan of New Zealand; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Oscar; she was preceded in death by a sister, Ethel (Joseph) Kewley, and two brothers, William (Lucille) and Thomas (Nathalie) Snell.
Friends called on Saturday March 16th from 2 to 4 pm at First United Methodist Church in Menominee. Funeral services were held at 4 pm with Rev. Dale Brown officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home assisted the family.