Heidi Johnson passed away peacefully on November
16, 2021 at Brookside Care Center, Kenosha.
Heidi was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1932, the
youngest of three sisters. She attended the
University of Kansas, Lawrence, where she met the love
of her life, Raymond Johnson. They married in 1955
and had an adventurous life together, living and working
in Dallas, Texas, rural Sweden, and even a year near
While in Texas she got an MA in Elementary
Education at North Texas State. She taught for
many years, mostly in middle schools, but she always
said her favorite years were when she lived in rural
Sweden, taking care of her son, learning to bake bread,
sew her own clothes, raise vegetables, pick berries, and
make jam. After she and her family moved to
Kenosha in 1970, she taught English and Social Studies
at Lance Junior High for many years. She and her
husband Raymond were actively involved in the Lakeside
Players, both at Kemper Center and after the Players
moved to the Rhode Opera House.
After the loss of her beloved husband, she
became involved in various groups in Kenosha, among them
the Lighthouse Lacers. She was an active member of St
Mary's Lutheran Church. Heidi had friends and family
around the world and made regular trips to Sweden, the
Netherlands and Switzerland to visit them.
She will be remembered as an active and
adventurous lady. In 1980 she decided to buy some
land in Colorado and build a log cabin by hand, and she
did! In 1997, never having been to a developing
country before, she bought a plane ticket to Kenya to
visit her son and daughter-in-law who were working there
on a project.
Heidi is predeceased by her husband Raymond, and
her sisters Marianne and Gretel. She is survived by a
son, Sören, a daughter-in-law, Heleen Gierveld, and a
grandson, Stefan (all living in the Netherlands); in
addition, nephews, Phil Marchbanks and Howard
Marchbanks, and nieces, Dru and Carol Marchbanks-Hoffman
(all living in Oregon).
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be
held at St Mary's Lutheran Church on Monday 22 November
at 1:30 p.m. Instead of flowers, you could
contribute to one of Heidi’s favorite Kenosha charities:
The Shalom Center or Hospice Alliance.