Charlene Kay Johnson
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Charlene Johnson, loving daughter, sister and friend, passed away on April 15, 2014. She was born on August 13, 1952 to Carl and Shirley Johnson of Ithaca. Charlene grew up in Ithaca, graduating from Ithaca High School in 1970, but spent most of her life in the Lansing/DeWitt area, retiring from the State of Michigan in 2010 after 38 years. She loved beautiful flowers, especially oriental lilies, and in retirement grew numerous colorful lilies in her garden. In the past few years, she enjoyed living in her lovely home surrounded by her beautiful gardens overlooking a peaceful river with her adorable cat, Onyx.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Shirley (Crane) Johnson.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her brothers, Gary (Linda) Johnson of Alma and James Johnson of Ithaca; sister, Paula (Lee)Gotcher of Perry; nephews, Timothy (Faith Chaffee) Johnson of Ithaca, Matthew Johnson of Cadillac; and niece, Kristina (Dan Lewis) Peace of West Branch; great-nieces, Rowan Peace and Charlotte Johnson; and life-long friend, Linda Bellows Hertzberg of DeWitt.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 205 E. Washington, in DeWitt. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 22, at the funeral home with visitation one hour prior. Interment will be at the Ithaca Cemetery.
Those desiring, may make contributions to the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906, in memory of Charlene.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes DeWitt Chapel.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.grdewitt.com
Published in Lansing State Journal on Apr. 20, 2014