KANE - Phyllis H. Johnson, 83, of 7 S. Tionesta Ave., passed away Thursday (Dec. 13, 2012) at the Lutheran Home at Kane where she had been residing.
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Born Aug. 25, 1929, in Wilcox, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Anna Halquist. On Sept. 16, 1950, in Wilcox, she married Laverne Johnson, who survives.
Mrs. Johnson graduated from Wilcox schools. At the age of 34, she decided to go back to school and attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for two years, followed by two years at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, from which she received her bachelor's degree. She then attended Penn State University where she received her master's degree. For 25 years, Mrs. Johnson taught in the Kane school system - first teaching English and then teaching Spanish for the remainder of her career.
As an active member of the Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church, she served as an assistant minister for many years and taught Sunday school for 30 years. She, along with her husband, was named co-citizen of the year in 1996.
Phyllis touched many lives as a teacher, coach, board member, philanthropist and friend. Her beautiful smile and generous heart will be remembered by everyone who knew her.
In addition to her husband she is survived by two daughters, Kimberley (Timothy) Eberlein of St. Louis, Mo., and Susan Budd of San Diego, Calif.; two sons, Barry (Carlene) Johnson of Kane and Bill (Sally) Johnson of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Crystal, Craig, Royce, Hannah, Emlyn, Justin and Cassidy; two sisters, Patricia and Jean; and two brothers, Roger and Henry.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by five sisters, Helen, Hildegarde, Frances, Luella and Dorothy; and four brothers, Harry, Raymond, John and Donald.
Friends will be received at the Cummings Funeral Home Inc. from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at the Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. William Waterman, pastor, and the Rev. David Pfleiger, chaplain of the Lutheran Home at Kane, co-officiating. Burial will be at the Tabor Cemetery.
The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Lutheran Home at Kane, 100 High Point Drive, Kane, PA 16735.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.cummingsfh.com
Published in The Bradford Era from Dec. 14 to Dec. 20, 2012