Friday, April 5, 2013

Florence M. (Herms) Johnson

Florence M. Johnson, age 92, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Florence was born in Racine on November 7, 1920, the daughter of the late William and Elsie Herms (nee Ritter).

Florence lived her entire life in Racine, where she graduated from Park High School. She was a lifetime member of Grace Lutheran Church and relied heavily on her Christian faith throughout her life. She was married for over fifty years to Emerson W. Johnson, also of Racine. They had a loving and devoted relationship. She had many dear friends and enjoyed socializing and playing cards. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. They shared many wonderful times together -- traveling, celebrating special occasions and just being together. She was a proud mother and grandmother, who loved hearing about the accomplishments of her children and grandchildren. Florence cared deeply about her friends and family. She was kind, warm, generous and made everyone feel loved. She was a beautiful woman, inside and out, throughout her life.

Florence is survived by her son, David Johnson of Racine; her son, Randall Johnson and his wife Juliette Johnson of Racine; her daughter, Pamela Milligan and her husband James Milligan of Lake Forest, IL; and her grandchildren, Natalie and Meredith Johnson, and Elyce and Allison Milligan. She is also survived by her sister, Carole Schultz and her brother-in-law James Schultz of Elm Grove, WI; and many beloved nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emerson Johnson; her sister, Lucille Herms; her sister, Ruth Rutkowski and Ruth's husband Peter; her brother, Ralph Herms and his wife Marion; and her brother, William Herms.

Funeral services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3700 Washington Ave., on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 11a.m. with Reverend Randal A. Poppe officiating. Relatives and friends may visit with the family Saturday at the church beginning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to Grace Lutheran Church have been suggested.

Florence's family extends its heartfelt thanks to Dr. James Tierney and his nurse, Sue, for their many years of devoted medical care, and to her caregivers, Joann and Renee, for the love and compassion they extended to her during her later years.

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