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Jane C. Johnson

July 29, 1918 July 14, 2020
Jane C. Johnson
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Jane Christie Johnson, age 101, died peacefully this July, 2020. Born in 1918, she almost made it to her 102nd birthday. She was the wife of her beloved husband, Raymond A. Johnson, and they had celebrated their 61st wedding in 2003. Jane is the mother of Alan (Martie McMane), Curt (Sharyn), Jan Kelley and Karen (Ali) Nimrouzi. She is the grandmother of Darrell (Maricel) Rikert, Sohrob Nimrouzi, Knowl Johnson (Shirley Tephly), Sahar (Jake) Hartsock, Ramine Nimrouzi, and great grandmother to Auden Hartsock, Emory Rikert and Madden Hartsock. Jane was one of 9 children of Axel and Ruby Anderson and all her siblings and their spouses predeceased her as well as her husband and Curt. She has many nieces and nephews.

Jane was born in Chicago and raised her children in Chicago and Oak Park. She had been a volunteer at West Suburban Hospital and was active as a den mother with the Cub Scouts and a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. Jane was the treasurer of the Nineteenth Century Club. One of her delightful jobs was when she started at the switch board at Oak Park River Forest High School and became secretary in the Dean's office. Known for her baking, she taught many neighborhood children about baking cookies, cakes and pies. The “classes” were held in her kitchen where she was the queen of pie crusts. A member of the First United Methodist Church, Oak Park, Jane was a quintessential organizer of the Bake Sales and the sparkplug for the “Birthday Bash” which meant a monthly meal at a local restaurant highlighting those whose had a birthday during that month. She brought a smile to everybody she met along with her infectious sparkle. She volunteered to do “Stand Up” with the Sunbeam Corporation Retirees gatherings (since Ray had worked at Sunbeam,) at luncheons and even at The Children’s Hospital in Denver.

Jane and Ray were very involved with the Rotary and Jane would write their newsletters. She also wrote what she called the “MMN—Mom's Monthly Newsletter” which included jokes and a way to connect with the family. For years she had college age foreign students live in her Oak Park home while they took English classes. She always provided warm hospitality and support. She loved traveling, especially with her husband on cruises and exploring Greece, Alaska, the Bahamas, Italy, Ireland, and Paris with friends, daughters, and grandchildren. She was the “Queen of Fun.”

Jane's humor and quick wit endeared her to so many people. Her family wishes that all of you who knew her would continue to have a smile in your heart as you remember her. Her wisdom included her treasured expressions, “Brush it Off!” and her “I am doing the best I can.” The week before she died, she encouraged her family to “live life to the hilt” and wrote, ”I’ve had a great life, because of Dad and all my family. Thank you, one and all!” She lived a full and cherished life.

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