Ruth Rohlfing Johnson died at her home at The Bridge in Colorado Springs on May 16, 2012. Mrs. Johnson was born in Farmington, Illinois on March 31, 1921 to A. Robert and Evalyn Van Horne Rohlfing. She was married to Norman E. Johnson on July 12, 1946 in Peoria, Illinois. Mrs. Johnson is survived by her daughter, Lynn Johnson, of Naperville, Illinois, her son, Bruce (Ann) Johnson of Bakersfield, California, and her grandchildren, Jonathan Hartwell (fiancÃ©e Ashley Pearson), Russell Johnson and Julia Johnson as well as nephews and great nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norm Johnson, her parents, her brother, sister-in-law and nephew. Mrs. Johnson graduated from the University of Illinois where she met her husband prior to his serving in North Africa and Europe during WWII. She completed graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison before returning to Pekin, Illinois to teach high school and enjoy volunteer work. After serving on the Board of Directors, Mrs. Johnson became the first woman President in over 100 years of the University of Illinois Alumni Association. She also served on the Boards of the Athletic Association and U. of I. Foundation. Mrs. Johnson was a volunteer at Penrose Hospital and an active member of P.E.O. both in Illinois and locally. She was a long term member of the Broadmoor Community Church. Mrs. Johnson enjoyed reading, bridge, knitting and sports, and especially enjoyed sharing her interests with family and friends. A memorial service for Mrs. Johnson will be held at the Broadmoor Community Church, 315 Lake Street in Colorado Springs on Saturday, July 7th at 3:00 p.m. Mrs. Johnson's children would like to thank the staff at The Bridge, BEO and Pike's Peak Hospice for their compassion and care. Her children would also like to thank Mrs. Johnson's friends for their continued love and support, especially Ann and Bruce Carlson. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mrs. Johnson's name may be made to the Broadmoor Community Church, Pike's Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, or the Springs Rescue Mission all located in Colorado Springs.
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Published in The Gazette on July 1, 2012