Norman Johnsen
Sunset Hill Funeral Home
50 Fountain Drive
Glen Carbon, IL
Norman Conrad Johnsen - born May 8, 1928 in Mineola, NY, son of Anne Hewel Johnsen and Conrad Gabriel Johnsen. He died July 1, 2012 at Anderson Hospital in Maryville, IL. He is survived by his wife, Carol Johnsen; son, Chris Johnsen; daughter, Jackie Johnsen Hammer and son-in-law, Jeffrey Hammer. He is also survived by two sisters, Thelma Riedel of Florida and Astrid (Attie) Sharman of New Mexico.
After graduating with a masters degree in Economics from Syracuse University, Norman moved from New York to Illinois in 1962, and was hired as an urban planner, joining with the Community Development team to assist in the planning and implementation of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. After the university was completed, he joined the faculty as a professor of Urban Planning and Local Government.
He created and led the Labor Institute bringing labor leaders to the campus and offering programs to meet their needs. He also started and headed the Institute of Housing, Renewal and Code Administration where he brought housing officials and experts from all over the country to a week-long program of professional development.
Norman also consulted and provided services to a variety of organization and communities in the region. He led a project to help community volunteers in East St. Louis build their leadership capacity; he consulted with the East West Gateway Coordinating Council; and through that relationship with the Coordinating Council, he assisted the new City of Arnold, MO in developing its planning and governance infrastructure, including preparing its first comprehensive plan.
Norman also served his hometown, the City of Edwardsville. He served on the Zoning Board of Appeals from May 1977 - May 1981 and on the Planning Commission from May 1985 though May 1989. He enjoyed many a spirited debate with his colleagues.
He was devoted to his family and his dog, and was passionate about politics, fairness and equality. He had a quick wit, sharp mind, and sharper tongue, yet he was compassionate for those less fortunate and a champion of the underdog. He strived in every aspect of his life for integrity and decency and expected the same from others.
When frustrated with local politics, he was often heard observing, "Just remember, people have a right to be stupid and they exercise that right at every opportunity."
Per his wishes, no formal viewing, visitation or burial. A gathering for friends and family will be held at home, 15 Eagle Ct. in Edwardsville, Friday, July 6th, 2-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Siteman Cancer Institute at Barnes Jewish Hospital, Hope Rescues in Granite City, the fire department of Albertson, NY or the Glen Ed Pantry in Edwardsville.
Arrangements by Sunset Hill Funeral Home in Glen Carbon, IL.
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Jackie, We were saddened and surprised to learn of your dad's sudden death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Alton Office, Attorneys and Support Staff
Joan Spiegel
July 10, 2012
Dear Carol, Chris & Jackie,
Norman was such a good friend to our family. Loving thoughts and much appreciation for his influence on our lives.
Kitty Platt
July 8, 2012
Jackie and Chris, I am thinking about you and remembering our Dunlap Lake days together, so many years ago. I am so sorry for your loss. Diane (Jurgena) Busch
Diane Busch
July 6, 2012
I was so sorry to hear this news. One of my fond childhood memories was answering the phone at our house and hearing, "Hello Michael, is the Good Doctor at home?", and I always knew it was Mr. Johnsen calling my dad.
Michael Lossau
July 6, 2012
Jackie & Jeffrey,
Even though we are not among those who were blessed to know Norman, it is quite apparent he positively touched the lives of many during his lifetime.

Our thoughts and prayers are with both of you and your entire family at this sad time.

Kathy & Don
Kathy & Don Deters
July 6, 2012
He is missed by many already. Norman, Carol, Chris and Jackie we are all thinking warm thoughts of and for you. Time goes fast and we have not seen one another for so long but I often remember how the Johnsen family blessed my childhood.

Bruce Platt
July 5, 2012
Aunt Carol, Chris and Jackie, our thoughts and prayers are focused on you. I have such wonderful memories of Uncle Norman. So much fun to be with. I know you are hurting deeply. He played such a huge role in your lives and will be missed greatly. All our love, Scott and Phyllis.
Scott Sharman
July 5, 2012
As an undergraduate from the suburbs of St. Louis in the early 1970s I was challenged, for what seemed like the first time, to look at things from someone else's perspective. What a gift that was. Norm challenged, and changed many of us. Made us think about our positions and defend them. That is quite a legacy.
Bill Grogan
July 5, 2012
Carol! My prayers go out to you and your family.

Don and Judy Peek
July 5, 2012
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