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Marion E. Johnson, 87, formerly of Rockford, passed away on July 18, 2017, at the Holmstad in Batavia, IL. She was born on March 23, 1930 in Rockford, the daughter of Bernhard and Edith (Lybeck) Rosell. She married Carl A. Johnson on February 9, 1952 in Rockford. He predeceased her on June 22, 2003. Marion was the financial secretary for First Evangelical Covenant Church until leaving Rockford in 1980. She was active at all of the Covenant Churches she attended, especially in music- related ministries. Her passion for music continued in her retirement, as she regularly played piano for fellow residents at the the Holmstad. Marion had a life-long love of butterflies.
Survivors include her children Carl (Diane) Johnson, and Faye (Tony) Maresh; grandchildren, Lynnelle and Lyndsey Johnson and Scott and Marianne Maresh
Graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Scandinavian Cemetery, Rockford, IL. A memorial service is pending at a later date at Holmstad Retirement Community in Batavia, IL. Arrangements by Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Ltd.

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  1. Jordis Downey

    I am sending my sincere sympathy to Marion's family. Marion and I were friends for many years. We sang together and attended church together. When Marion left Rockford, we still corresponded through letters and Christmas cards. She was one of my favorite friends. Sincerely, Jordis Downey

  2. Candy Hanslik

    Marion took me in and loved me like family. She prayed for me faithfully, and her laughter and faith always filled my heart overflowing. Her love for the Lord shined through her at all times, and my heart is gripped with sorrow in the moment but I know she is rejoicing on the streets of gold. Send me a rainbow. Holy Holy Holy is the Lord God Almighty who was and is and is to come.

  3. Paul Johnson

    I have many fond memories of my cousin Marion. Including my Mother and I visiting her in Rodchester Mi. and Pittsburgh,PA. In Pittsburgh, she played her organ for us and took requests. So glad she got to meet Ingegärd and Lars-Erik when they visited us from Sweden in the summer of 1998. Marion was good at Swedish language. My last visit with her was the afternoon of June 7th. this year. I read all of her needle points to her and let her know how much I enjoyed her butterfly collection which was displayed througout her room. As I read her needlepoint on the butterflies metamorphisis I realized how much this was intertwined with her Cristian faith. It is a beautiful anaology. She seemed to enjoy hearing the words read back to her. I related to her stories she told me about her Mother and Father. After about 45 minutes I told her I was going now and her last words to me were God Bless You. I said God Bless You back to her. I really felt blessed. Coming from her, a person with so much faith in the Lord. I felt as light as a butterfly as I left, like the visit did me more good than her.

  4. Michael Lindenmeyer

    Marion faithfully accompanied me in many and recently all of the Michealson Saturday Kaffee Klatches over the past 15 years. During that time, she shared delightful stories of her husband, and especially when we sang 'The Old Rugged Cross' she often told me of the time when she was younger and singing this hymn at the Salvation Army, its composer, George Bennard was also there. I will miss her very much. Blessings. 170719.1725

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