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Suzanne Johnson

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Suzanne Johnson

Born: August 9, 1933

Died: December 9, 2018

Suzanne "Sue" Johnson, age 85, of St. Charles, IL passed quietly into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 9, 2018.

Sue was born August 9, 1933 in Rockford, IL. She grew up in Rock-ford and attended East Rockford High School. Sue had a great love of horses and dedicated both her time and her heart to her horse "Lady." Following her schooling, Sue found work at Melvin Electronics in Oak Park, IL. As luck would have it, she met her life partner at a bowling alley on Halloween night at the young age of 19. Earl Johnson worked for the phone company, and the "connection" they made would be one for the ages. They were united in marriage the following April 11, 1953 and would eventually welcome "five wonderful children" (as Earl always said) into their growing family. Over 65 years of marriage ensued, putting them in the "one percent" of marriages to make it that long.

Keeping Earl in line, maintaining an immaculate home and raising five children took the bulk of Sue's time, and she wouldn't have it any other way, as she loved her family dearly. After her children were grown, she returned to Melvin Electronics in Geneva and then eventually went to work for several years at Coca-Cola Bottling Company in St. Charles, alongside her daughter Judy. Her next endeavor was selling Fuller Brush, which she threw herself into wholeheartedly. She not only marketed the product by hand-delivering brochures but also made the deliveries herself and enjoyed a personal relationship with each and every customer (and discounted the pro-duct so heavily that she never made any money!).

Sue was an extremely devout Christian woman who attended Calvary Baptist Church in Geneva for many years, getting involved so fully that she even drove a bus to pick up neighborhood children and bring them to and from Sunday School. She later attended the Christ Community Church in St. Charles.

Sue was a "one-of-a-kind"woman who loved unconditionally and without end. She was exceptionally generous, sometimes to a fault, and always put others before herself. She was smart as a whip and was a natural with crossword puzzles, and she also loved to read. Sue had an unbelievable memory, especially for facts and figures (and didn't hesitate to correct Earl every time he embellished the truth!).

She loved writing cards, notes and holiday greetings to all her family and friends (and even said two days before her passing that she felt bad she couldn't get out Christmas cards this year). To keep track of her family's progress, Sue became an avid photographer and always ordered triple prints so she could share with everyone. Her collections of photographs are catalogued in an untold number of albums, on the walls of her home and on the entire front of the refrigerator - a collection that now boasts four generations.

Sue was queen of the kitchen who made hot meals every day for a family of seven and washed and dried every dish (perhaps not by choice but because she never had a dishwasher). She was a great cook, and her amazing potato salad was one of her signature dishes. When she wasn't in the kitchen, you could find Sue enjoying the sunshine as she tended her flower and vegetable gardens full of roses, irises, tomatoes, etc.

A staunch conservative, Sue became obsessed with Fox News in her later years and spent hours on end watching our president, whom she called a "God Blessed miracle." Her children were amazed at this new side of her that they never would have predicted, but it became a special bonding point with Jeff and Joy. The world will be poorer for her loss, but Sue lives on in the hearts of those who loved her. As she often said at the end of a conversation, "God bless."

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Earl Johnson; five children, Jan Gordon, Jill Smith, Jeff Johnson, Judy Johnson and Joy Johnson; four grandchildren, Stephanie Gogulski, Robert Smith, Joshua Smith and Leilani Smith; and seven great-grandchildren, Lyla, Elise, John & Grace Gogulski, Joshua Smith and Easton & Kailey Alward.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one grandson, Blake Smith.

Private family services have already been held.

Contributions can be made to the . Tributes may be forwarded through the Conley Funeral Home website, www.conleycare.com.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Jan. 3, 2019
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