Barbara Johnson

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BARBARA ANN JOHNSON, 81 ROCKFORD - Barbara Ann Johnson, 81, of Rockford, Illinois passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Fort Myers, Florida. She was born on September 29, 1931, in Stevens Point, WI, the daughter of Wendell and Irene Wratten. She married William A. (Bill) Johnson on June 4, 1955, in Chicago. Together, Barbara and Bill raised 4 children, Daniel, Eileen, Kathleen and Kelly. She graduated from the School of Nursing at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL, and worked for the VA in Chicago. She later received her BS from Rockford College and spent several years teaching science at St. James school in Rockford and also volunteered with Winnebago County CASA. Barbara loved to travel, especially to the beaches of the Sanibel/Fort Myers area, and was an accomplished teacher, hostess and, above all, mother and friend. Survivors include her husband, Bill; her children, Daniel (Marti) Johnson, Eileen (Richard) Zalasky, Kathleen (Joseph) McJohn, and Kelly (Patrick) McAuliffe; 8 grandchildren, Benjamin (Lindsay) Zalasky, Katherine Zalasky, Emily Zalasky, Kelsey Zalasky, Alexandra McJohn, Declan McAuliffe, Niamh McAuliffe and Mark Golden; and her brother, Richard (Louise) Wratten. Visitation will be held at 12:30 p.m., followed by a funeral service at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, June 17th, at Holy Family Catholic Church at 4401 Highcrest Road in Rockford. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Barbara to the at or 1-800-DIABETES (800 342 2383).
Published in Rockford Register Star from June 14 to June 15, 2013
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