DeKALB – Donna M. Johnson, 77, of DeKalb, Ill., passed away Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at home, surrounded by her loving family. After her courageous five-year battle with cancer, she is now at peace.|
Born March 27, 1935, in Geneva, to Gerry and Mildred (Strand) Olson, Donna married Charles E. Johnson on Aug. 13, 1954, in Waterman.
Donna worked more than 26 years in banking, starting with DeKalb Savings and Loan. Donna always felt that her most important life's work was being a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed her weekends spent with her family on their property at Woodhaven Lakes. Donna was a huge Chicago sports fan, but an even bigger fan of her grandchildren's activities. She enjoyed entertaining with family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Charles; children, Michael (Wendy) Johnson of Bloomington, Lori (Sam) Phelps and Lisa (Mike) Sheehan, both of DeKalb, and Scott (Colleen) Johnson of Bloomington; grandchildren, Stephanie (Scott) Burke, Jeremy (Jennifer) Johnson, Lindsay (Billy) Davini, Zachary and Emily Phelps, Colin and Amanda Sheehan, and Jared, Dylan and Kyle Johnson; great-grandchildren, Jacob Johnson and Ethan Burke; sisters, Jeanie (Ron) Rogers of DeKalb, Shirley Ryan of Rochelle, Bonnie (Jim) Bernhardt of Sandwich and Judy Christian of Arizona; brothers, Bud Olson of Sandwich and John White of California; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a niece and a nephew.
The family gives special thanks to Dr. Siddiqui and his entire staff at Kishwaukee Cancer Center, and also to the special angels at DeKalb County Hospice, who helped her family through this difficult time.
The memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with the Rev. Brian Gilbert of First United Methodist Church, DeKalb, officiating. Cremation will take place at the Anderson Funeral Home Crematory. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Anderson Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Donna M. Johnson Memorial Fund for Kishwaukee Cancer Center and DeKalb County Hospice, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Nov. 14, 2012