Lifelong Kodiak resident Thelma Madsen Johnson passed away July 26th, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer. Thelma was born to Charles Charlie' Madsen and Mary Metrokin Madsen on July 20, 1921 in Kodiak, Alaska. She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother, Alexandra Shurka' Chernoff Madsen; her beloved husband, Leon Ole' Johnson; her siblings, Alf, Elizabeth, Rose, Alice, Germaine, Raymond, and her eldest son Mark Johnson. Thelma is survived by her daughter, Rita Stevens (Senator Gary Stevens) of Kodiak; her son, Chris Johnson (Nancy) of Seattle, and her grandchildren, Anna Stevens (Colby Imus), Kodiak, Matthew Stevens, Los Angeles, Natalie Stevens, Anchorage, Lorraine Johnson, Seattle, Elliott Johnson (Michaela), Seattle with her great grandson, Chase and her brother, Judge Roy Madsen (Linda) of Kodiak.
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Thelma graduated in the Kodiak High School Class of 1939. She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
She married Leon Ole' Johnson in 1945 and raised their three children in Kodiak.
Her career included jobs at the Post Office, the Kodiak Telephone Company, Pacific Northern Airlines, Alaska Steamship Company and Ardinger's House of Music.
Thelma volunteered her time at the Baranof Museum, St. Mary's Church, Kodiak Arts Council, and Kodiak Senior Center.
Thelma belonged to the Pioneers of Alaska, the Hospital Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, Beta Sigma Phi and was very active in the Elk's Emblem Club and Bowling League.
St. Mary's Church celebrates a Memorial mass for Thelma on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 5:00 P.M., with a repast following at 6:30 P.M. at the Kodiak Elk's Lodge.
Published in adn.com from Aug. 16 to Aug. 17, 2013