Karen Johanns
1959 - 2015
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Johanns, Rev. Ms. Karen; entered into eternal life on Monday, August 31, 2015; in Sylvan Lake, MI; at age 56. She was born in Jersey City, NJ in 1959. As a young adult she worked in restaurant management. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Mount Holyoke College in 2003, The Rev. Ms. Johanns earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. She was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 2007 in Reno, NV. She served as Rector at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Pontiac, MI from 2008 until 2014, when treatment for ovarian cancer necessitated medical retirement. She is survived by her wife, Claire Dodds; sister, Christine Johanns; nephew Matthew Johanns; step- siblings Donna Blaser, Tom DiNicola, and Barbara Covert; and step-mother, Dorothy Johanns. Preceded in death by her mother, Blanche Johanns; and father, Henry Johanns. The Funeral Celebrating The Rev. Ms. Johanns’ Life will be at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, on Friday, September 4, 2015 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at SPARKS-GRIFFIN FUNERAL HOME, Pontiac. Memorial donations may be given to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 171 W. Pike St., Pontiac, MI 48341 or Buckanovich Laboratory c/o U of M Cancer Center, 500 S. State Street, Ann Arbor 48109. www.sparksgriffin.com

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Published in The Oakland Press from Sep. 1 to Sep. 2, 2015.
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October 5, 2015
Claire, our prayers are with you. We remember you both so fondly
From those happy days at Advent,SF. Karen always had a quiet, centered joy about her. May she rest in peace and rise I glory to
Joy beyond our imagining.

In Christ,s love, Fr. Raymond Harbort and Hank Baird
Raymond Harbort
September 8, 2015
Claire, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with you. If there is anything....
Les and Nancy Phillips
September 7, 2015
Claire, Know of my prayers for you in your loss. Karen was brilliant, talented, and a real human being--such a joy to know, even for a few short years. I hope you will visit the next time you are on the East Coast. Love, Susan
Susan Graham
September 4, 2015
Words can't describe the way this tears me up. Karen you will always serve as a light in the darkness to me wherever this life takes me as well as an inspiration to those of us who lose all hope. You have proven to me and the word that you are one of the bravest people this world has ever seen. And now this world is darker and more dreary without you in it and it's not fair. May you find your way to the presence of your mother and father. Tell them that mom and I are well and that we miss them dearly as we will also miss you. I love you very much. I'll see you on the other side when my time has come. ♡ :/
Matthew Johanns
September 3, 2015
Claire, I am saddened to hear of your loss. I hope your memories of joyful times and the support of your family and friends will help you through the hard moments ahead. Please visit us in Duxbury soon.
Margie Wollam
September 2, 2015
Karen was a true child of God, doing God's work and spreading God's universal message of love. So many of us see illness as a setback and use it as an excuse to withdraw from our worldly commitments and our vocations. Karen saw in her illness a God-given opportunity to continue to preach the Gospel from a new perspective. While she fought for her life with fierce courage, she looked forward to her eternal life in Heaven. Her lessons in love, compassion and tolerance will not be forgotten. May her gentle Soul rest in peace and may Claire, Christine, Matthew and all who loved Karen find peace and take solace in knowing that she loved you all.
Joe Ragno
September 2, 2015
Claire, know that I am with you in my heart and that Karen was loved. Wishing you peace.
Ellen Curran
September 2, 2015
Claire, so very sorry for your loss. Love and Hugs from Boston.
Mary Anne McDonald
September 1, 2015
You were a wonderful woman, poised and loving, so intelligent and kind, I remember back in high school you always had a smile to share. Rest in peace.
Geryle Garofalo Azzolini
September 1, 2015
Karen Johanns was my classmate all through grade school and high school. I remember since she was a young child she wanted to spread God's word and help those in need. In fourth grade she had a strong desire to help migrant farm workers. Karen became a Minister. She met and married someone who also dedicates her life to serving others as a hospice nurse. Together they enriched many lives. Karen left this world after a long struggle with cancer. She loved life, her wife, her sister, and nephew along with her congregation and many others. May the fact that she is no longer in pain and is wearing a halo and sprouted wings lessen the pain for Claire, Christine, and Matt. Remember always the love she had for you and that she is always with you and is holding your hand and heart. RIP old friend.
Gwen Dunphy
August 31, 2015
Macy's Santa circa 1968
Christine Johanns
August 31, 2015
Karen Christmas circa 1966
Christine Johanns
August 31, 2015
Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.
The Rev. Darren Miner
August 31, 2015
If Roses grow in Heaven
Lord, please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my sister's arms
and tell her they're from me.

Tell her that I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.

Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there's an ache within my heart
that will never go away.
Christine Johanns
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