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Catherine M. Johnson


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Catherine M. Johnson

Born: July 2, 1951

Died: December 27, 2018

Catherine M. "CJ" Johnson, age 67, of Maple Park and co-owner of B.J.'s Decorating in Sycamore, claimed the promise of her Savior following a brief but hard fought battle with cancer, Thursday, December 27, 2018. Her fierce and independent spirit lives on in the hearts of all who knew her, and the faith that sustained her on earth became the path to her salvation with her Heavenly Father.

She was born on July 2, 1951 to proud parents Leonard and Mary (Juns) Schramer.

CJ's faith was her bedrock and she dedicated her heart and countless hours to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sycamore where she was a lector, a member of the rosary group and Eucharistic Minister. She was also responsible for the Missalettes. CJ was known to say, "Mass is the highest form of praise to God and that is my favorite place to be, being with Jesus."

One of the highlights of her life was her grandchildren. CJ was truly a "hands-on" grandma, participating in every activity, making memories with every moment. There was nothing she wouldn't do for her family because for CJ "family came first". CJ was a force of nature and a tornado of energy and enthusiasm that never seemed stop. As a member of a large family, CJ was a consummate host who loved being surrounded by her siblings.

She is survived by her best friend and loving husband of 47 years, Robert "BJ" Johnson; two children, Tanya (David) Burden, their children, Quinn and Jack; and Tanden (Abbey) Johnson and their children, Leighton, Kenley and one on the way; eleven siblings, Donna (Howard) Petersen, Richard (Linda) Schramer, Judy Davis, Robert "Skip" (Beverly) Schramer, Tom Schramer, Chuck (Pam) Schramer, Anne (Dan) Stanko, Jeanne (Mike) Hawley, Sue (Jack) Amato, Chris (Bill) Deutsch and Mike Schramer; two sisters-in-law, Joanne Schramer and Anna Schramer; her mother-in-law, Mary Ann Johnson; two brothers-in-law: Gerald (Kay) Johnson and Richard (Ellen) Johnson; many, many, many nieces, nephews and a countryside full of friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Mary Schramer; two brothers, Leonard "Barney" Schramer and Nick Schramer; and her father-in-law, William Dean Johnson.

Visitation was from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, January 3, 2019, at The Church of St. Mary Catholic Church, in the Parish Activity Center (PAC) at 322 Waterman St., Sycamore, IL. Additional visitation was Friday, January 4, 2019 from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m., at the church, with a Mass to follow at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Carl Beekman, pastor of the church, will officiate with interment to follow at S.S. Peter & Paul Cemetery, Virgil.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in CJ's name. Checks may be made to the "Catherine Johnson Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Jan. 10, 2019
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