Elizabeth D. Johnson, 97, a life-long resident of St. Charles, passed away peacefully at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009.
She was born at home on Feb. 13, 1911, in Batavia, the daughter of Emil and Louise (Jenson) Jensen. Though early years were spent in Batavia, her family later moved to St. Charles, where she graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1929.
With the dawning of the Great Depression, Elizabeth took any job anywhere and kept busy. Eventually, she was fortunate enough to land a job with the Illinois Department of Personnel in Chicago. It was there that she met her husband, Harry Johnson.
A whirlwind romance began at the Aragon Ballroom and concluded at the altar, shortly before Pearl Harbor. Though Harry was soon drafted, an unexpected medical discharge sent him home just prior to “D-Day.” He and Elizabeth made their home with her parents for a time, and a few years later, built a new home just two blocks away. In the meantime, Harry had been attending Northwestern University-Chicago, and following graduation, began working for Hawthorne Electric in Chicago.
In 1955, Elizabeth and Harry adopted their first son, Randy, and three years later adopted a second son, Norman. When the boys were young, Elizabeth was active with them in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Together, the four of them were a close family who also enjoyed spending time with their many relatives who lived throughout the area. Elizabeth was also a lifelong member of the St. Charles Congregational Church, where she was continuously active through the years on every committee and function of the church.
Following Harry’s retirement, he and Elizabeth began to travel. Elizabeth had the kind of personality and attitude toward life that allowed her to easily make herself at home with any group in any place in the world. Following Harry’s death in 1995, Elizabeth never looked back, but kept living forward and continued to enjoy travels far and wide with family and friends. Her indomitable spirit and unbridled sense of humor remained vibrant to her last days. Her legacy will live in the laughter that will forever echo in the hearts of those she loved.
Elizabeth is survived by her two sons, Randy (Evelyn) Johnson of Geneva and Norman of Chicago; two grandchildren, Diana (Ron) Dennis of Plato Center, Ill. and Theresa (Rob) Wonsowski of Oswego.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Harry, she is preceded in death by her two beloved infant grandchildren, Trevor and Sydney Wonsowski.
Friends were invited to a visitation and funeral service on Tuesday morning, Feb. 10, 2009, at the St. Charles Congregational Church, LaFox Road in Wasco. Visitation was held from 9 to 10:45 a.m., with services following at 11 a.m. The Rev. Pat Kitner officiated. A reception in the church great room will follow. Private cremation interment services will later conclude at Union Cemetery, St. Charles.
A memorial will be established in Elizabeth’s name to benefit the St. Charles Congregational UCC Church. Memorial checks may be made to the church and mailed in care of the church at 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., St. Charles, IL 60175. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119 or through her obituary at www.conleycare.com.
For information, call Conley Funeral Home at (630) 365-6414 or 1-800-8-CONLEY.