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Lois I. Johnson, 83, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, April 6,2018. Born on August 3, 1934, in Dixon, IL, the daughter of Merritt and Ethel (Anderson) Reed. She graduated from East High School and then received her Bachelor's degree from Augustana College in 1956. Lois married Franklin W. Johnson on June 14, 1958, in Rockford. She worked as a kindergarten teacher and librarian for the Rockford Public Schools before retiring. Lois was active in Our Savior Lutheran Church and Swedish Historical Society. She knitted and donated over 500 pairs of booties for infants. Lois loved gardening; her favorite flower was an Iris.
Survived by her husband, Franklin; children, Scott (KC) King-Johnson, and Amy Johnson; sister, Marylin (John Carlson) Thorsen; niece, Julie (Ron) Wettstein; nephew, Todd (Robin) Thorsen; several cousins and their children; great nieces and nephews; and other family members in Sweden.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford, with Reverend Jeff Fricke officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service, Tuesday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3300 Rural St., Rockford, IL 61107. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd.

Condolences & Shared Memories (4)

  1. Paul Johnson

    Franklin you have my sympathy. Back when we all took Swedish class together I gave an oral report on Evert Taube. After completing it, Lois told me that I had a talent for giving speeches and I should consider being a docent at the Swedish Historical Society. This gave me confidence to try it and I have enjoyed it ever since. She saw something there that I did not see myself, and for that I am grateful. She will be missed.

  2. Jim graham

    Frank: very sorry to read about Lois. Mary has some health issues too but so far we are ok. Scary situation. I'll keep you in my prayers. Jim

  3. Gary and Deb Balluff

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Lois. We will always remember her beautiful irises. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gary and Deb Balluff

  4. JEFF FRASER

    Lots of great memories of my conversations with Lois while her daughter Amy was in my 6th grade at Brookview School. She wrote a wonderful letter to my mother about how great her daughters 6th Grade experience was. Amy was a real joy. I appreciated the effort. Lois, Franklin, and Amy will always be in my prayers. God Bless


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