Our family wishes to thank the staff at OSF St. Francis Hospital Special Care Unit for their loving care and consideration of Anita and her family in her final time. We also wish to thank her second family at the ALS group home for their loving care in her final years. Finally, we wish to thank Fr. Brandon Yanni of All Saints for his prayers and ministry to Anita and us, her family, in her final moments.
Anita Mary Johnson, at the age of 59, on February 17, 2023 joined her mother and father Bertha (Fournier) Johnson and Delbert Johnson in God’s presence. She was surrounded by her brothers Larry Johnson of Gladstone, Terry Johnson of Perkins, Greg Johnson of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, her sisters Sandra Hoefgen of Menominee, and Diane Stafford of Ixonix, Wisconsin, her in-law’s Cindy (Larry) Johnson, Barbara (Terry) Johnson, Bobbie (Greg) Johnson, Scott (Diane) Stafford, Paul (Sandra) Hoefgen and Fr. Brandon Yanni from All Saints Parish in Gladstone.
Anita was a life long resident of Perkins where she lived with her mother and father until their passing and then her brother Terry and his wife Barbara in the family home in Perkins. Anita was born with Downs Syndrome and went to school as one of the first students at the John F. Kennedy School in Gladstone, later the school moved to Escanaba and became the DSISD Learning Center. After graduating she worked at Lake State Industries until her health began to fail. Even with her disabilities Anita continually enriched our lives, the countless blessings she brought will be forever in our hearts. Her warm smile and eagerness to help, especially with babies, was a constant joy. In her final years she was a resident at the Adult Learning Systems group home on Lake Bluff. She passed away at St Francis Hospital.
Anita is survived by her aunt Agatha Branstrom of Perkins, her siblings, their spouses, her many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and their spouses.
The family will receive friends on Friday, February 24 from 4:00 to 6:30 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Blessed Rosary services will be conducted at 6:30 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday, February 25 at 11:00 AM at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins with Fr. William Ssozi officiating. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Anita will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery in Gladstone.