Winnifred Grace Caroline Johnson

RICHMOND TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Winnifred Grace Caroline Johnson, age 83, of Richmond Township, and former Skandia resident, entered eternal life Friday, June 21, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital.

Born January 3, 1930 in Chocolay Township, a daughter of Herman and Anna (Zitman) Gentz, Winnie was raised in the Skandia area. As a young teenager, she delivered telegrams locally during World War II. On April 2, 1949, she married Kenneth “Red” Johnson and together the couple established a home and raised their family in Marquette. She began her working career as a waitress at Donckers and later served at the Northwood Supper Club, retiring in the early 1980s, following 34 years of service to the public. Winnie was an avid outdoors woman who never missed a hunting season in 60 years, deer hunting up into her 80s. Fishing, bear hunting and small game hunting were also a passion, always armed with her gun of choice a 30-30. Other leisure activities included, vegetable gardening, knitting, sewing, various craftwork projects, working with ceramics, and occasional visits to the casino slots. She lived a full and active family life, always enjoying time spent with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Jenny (Rick) Ives of Marquette, Julie (Jim) Sullivan of Scottsboro, Ala., Scott (Connie) Johnson of Negaunee, and Trudy (Leo Prusi) Miller of Republic her grandchildren, James Chapman, Pam Chapman, Peter Chapman, and Paige Miller, the light of her life, grandma’s girl; stepgrandchildren, Geni Sullivan, Aaron Jennings, and Mike Jennings; 7 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren; her sisters, Muriel Jean Cox, of Marquette and Betty (Jim) Thompson of Negaunee.

In addition to her parents, Winnie was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth “Red” Johnson in 1992; and siblings, Erving Gentz, Bobby Gentz, Herbert Gentz and Viola Sheldon.

Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Thursday, June 27, from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service at 5:00 p.m. The Rev. Rudolph Kemppainen will officiate.

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