THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: December 3, 2021
Marian Lemke Johnson, 94, of Jackson, Mi., passed away Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.
Born and raised on a dairy farm in Taylor County, Wisconsin, she graduated from Medford High School and Stout State University with a degree in Vocational Home Economics/Teaching. While at Stout, she met Carl H. Johnson, a World War II veteran and student in Printing/Teaching. After graduation, they married in 1950 and moved to Mitchell, S.D. They then moved to Menominee, Mi. in 1953, where she taught at Menominee High School and later at the Vocational School in Marinette.
A life-long Lutheran, she was active in Bible study, women's groups and volunteer groups at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee. She enjoyed sewing, crafts and cooking and made many quilts for Lutheran World Relief, following in her Mother's footsteps.
Her husband died in 2006 and she continued to be a Yooper until moving to Spring Arbor Assisted Living in July of 2015. She then lived within a few miles of her family who always were the center of her life.
They had three children, Cheryl Johnson (Wayne Widmann) of Jackson, Mi., David (Karen) Johnson of Kalkaska, Mi. and Denise Johnson (Jim) Cooney of Concord, Mi.; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter Katelyn.
A Memorial Service will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Memorial gifts can be sent to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2901 13th Street, Menominee, MI 49858, designated for Lutheran World Relief Quilts. Anderson Kell Funeral Home of Menominee is assisting the family with arrangements.