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August 10, 1912
February 2, 2013
Sarah Jeanne Johnson Boscovich, beloved wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, entered into eternal life February 2, 2013 at the age of 100. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at her daughter's home in Reno.
Jeanne was born to Emery and Fanny Banks Johnson in Lansford, North Dakota August 10, 1912 and was the couple's sixth child. She was always quick to point out that she was one of the few of the ten children that had brown eyes rather than the typical "Johnson blues," which incidentally carried on through several of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Jeanne lived her life with a constant passion for learning, reading and exploring, and was so incredibly well read she could challenge even the shrewdest historian or religious figure with an impressive knowledge of the Bible, classic literature and history books, to name a few.
Jeanne's incredible life was truly a journey with many stops along the way. As a child her family left North Dakota when she was very young calling home such places as Cut Bank, Montana, Oakman, Arizona, Los Angeles & San Diego, California. They eventually landed in Nevada where they lived in Blair Junction, Gilbert and Millers. Eventually they landed in Tonopah - a fortuitous decision as this was where she was to meet her husband of 69 years, Marco Boscovich. The Johnson family travelled and had amazing adventures as Emery would often open General Stores in these towns, many of which are ghost towns today. Jeanne would often recall that each new place would give the kids new opportunities to explore, and they never knew that living life without the luxuries we take for granted today, such as indoor restrooms, and in many times extremely remote locations, was anything but an adventure. She treasured her life experiences and spoke of them until the end.
Jeanne spent a year in high school both in San Diego and Stockton, before moving to Tonopah where she graduated from Tonopah High School. After graduation, she attended and graduated from Paramount Beauty College in Los Angeles. Following graduation from beauty school, Jeanne ran a beauty parlor in Tonopah until her life took a new course when she married the love of her life, Marco Boscovich.
In 1938, Jeanne and Marco were married at St. Stevens Presbyterian Church in Tonopah. One year later, their first child Brenda Geraldine was born. Shortly after, Marco worked as a foreman for Pinkerton, the contractor that built the Tonopah Air Base during World War II. Marco soon enlisted in the Army where he served as an Army combat engineer in the Pacific and was among the first occupation troops in Korea. In Marco's absence, Jeanne kept busy raising Brenda and worked for the Red Cross and the Nye County Courthouse. The family was truly blessed and Marco safely returned home. Following his return to the states, the couple was blessed with their second child, Marko Kent ("Lucky").
The family remained in Tonopah for several years, but eventually moved to Fernley. Then in 1954, Marco and Jeanne moved their family to Reno where they built the home they would live in for the rest of their journey on Earth. After coming to Reno, Marco and brother-in-law Jim Johnson formed Johnson-Boscovich Incorporated, a construction company that built numerous schools including Dilworth Junior High in Sparks, Empire Elementary, Peavine Elementary in Reno, Pleasant Valley Elementary-to name a few, and many churches across northern Nevada for more than 30 years. Jeanne and her brother Jim's wife Elaine were partners in this company and assisted in making it a tremendous success.
Perhaps one of Jeanne's proudest accomplishments, and one of the highlights of her life, was fulfilling her dream of going to college. Jeanne attended the University of Nevada, Reno where she studied education and the arts and sciences. An avid reader, and Fox News enthusiast, Jeanne had a passion for politics, religion, knitting, crocheting, Bridge, golf, art, tennis and always rooted on the Nevada Wolf Pack and the San Francisco Forty Niners. She missed the big game by one day, and was so looking forward to a Nevada player starting in a Super Bowl game. We are confident she had the best seat in the house and was proud of Colin Kaepernick and the Niner team despite the outcome. Her family all watched the game with Grandma top of mind!
Jeanne was a member of Turquoise chapter of Eastern Star, was a member of Daughters of the Nile, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, and was active in the Republican Party for many years. In her last year of life she was blessed to enjoy her 100th birthday party, and to continue to read, share stories, and get to know the newest generations that are carrying on Grandma and Grandpa Boscovich's legacy. We will never forget her cookies, her "creative" dinners, her wit, her knowledge, her humility, her intelligence, her stories, her remedies, her uniqueness, her laugh, her beauty, her divine wisdom, and above all, her love. Rest in Peace. Until we meet again!
Jeanne was preceded in death by husband Marco Boscovich, son Mark "Lucky" Boscovich, father Emery Johnson, mother Fanny Johnson, father-in-law Nikola Boscovich, mother-in-law Kristina Boscovich, sisters Edith Johnson, Kay Anderson, Frances Dudney and Gerry Cavanaugh, brothers Roy, Ted, Emery, Harold and Jim Johnson, great-grandson Jonah Smith, son-in-law Val Van Houck, as well as numerous beloved brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. She is survived by daughter Brenda Van Houck, daughter-in-law Linda Boscovich, grandsons Scott (Cheryl) Fullerton, Jason (Emily) Van Houck, Marko (Megan) Boscovich, and granddaughters Sydney (Steve) Smith, Julie (Coby) Rowe, and Melissa (Jake Moulton) Boscovich, great-grandchildren Justen (Sueannah) Fullerton, Ashley (Zach) Jester, Kayla Hudson, Justin Smith, Brent (Aly) Smith, Montana Fullerton, Haley Rowe, Emery Rowe, Noah Smith, Brody Boscovich, Colin Van Houck, Irie Boscovich, Austin Van Houck, great-great-grandchildren Katelyn Smith, Hailey Jacobsen, Blaire Fullerton, sisters-in-law Elaine Johnson, Marion Johnson and Minnie Perchetti, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Jeanne's family would like to thank Dr. Keane, and the Vista Care Hospice, especially Dr. McDermott and nurses Eileen, Tina, Renata and Cynthia, for their love and support over the past year. At Jeanne's request there will be no funeral services. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in Jeanne's name be made to the Central Nevada Museum, P.O. Box 326, Tonopah, NV 89049, or the Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817.
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Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Feb. 10, 2013