Posted Online: Feb. 16, 2013, 9:39 pm
Winifred 'Winnie' Johnson
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Winifred "Winnie" Johnson, of East Moline, died on Jan. 28, 2013. She fought the good fight, she finished the race, she kept the faith. She laid down her frail body and Jesus carried her "home."
Winifred "Winnie" Johnson
Please join us to honor Winnie's life by wearing something blue (her favorite color) at her celebration of life service at Christ United Methodist Church in East Moline, on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 2 p.m. Inurnment will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, on Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. Anyone wishing to attend the service at the cemetery should be at Runge Mortuary, Davenport, at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. Winnie will be given full military honors.
Memorials in Winnie's name may be made to Christ United Methodist Church in East Moline, or to the Walcott Courtyard Estates activity fund, Walcott, Iowa.
Winnie was born on Jan. 3, 1922 in St. Paul, Minn. Her greatest love was for her Savior, Jesus Christ, who she served her whole life. Winnie's family held a close second in her heart and she cherished each family gathering. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed making dried flower arrangements, generously giving them as gifts to shut-ins.
After graduation from Central High School, Winnie joined the Navy as a WAVE, serving during World War II, and was honorably discharged. She was actively involved in the Dale Carnegie public speaking courses, becoming an instructor for the Dorothy Carnegie course.
Winnie married the love of her life, Vern Johnson, in 1951, and together they raised four children. God blessed them greatly with 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Winnie was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church in East Moline, and also the United Methodist Women Society, devoting herself to various Bible studies. She and Vern loved to bring joy to the shut-ins by delivering sermon tapes and church bulletins.
Throughout her adult life, Winnie was a proud lifelong member of the American Legion. She also served as board member to the Tri-City Symphony and was active in Clara Lodge 118. She enjoyed serving the community as a Welcome Wagon hostess and Avon representative. She demonstrated great interpersonal expertise working for many years as the office manager and placement specialist for Manpower Inc.
Preceeding her in death were her parents, William and Ida Zoschke; her loving husband, Vern; her twin brother, William; daughters-in-law, Diana Johnson and JoAnn Johnson; and granddaughter, Erika Spengler.
Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Kim Wulf (Rick), Sandra Gard
(Geary), Ross Johnson, Mark Johnson (Roxanne); along with her loving extended family and friends.
Our hearts rejoice for Winnie as she embraces eternal life with her Savior.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.rungemortuary.com.