Blanche Ruth Johnson, age 82, of 8505 W.5 Road, Ensign, passed away unexpectedly, November 9, 2011 from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident.
Blanche was born October 1, 1929 in Falmouth, MI the daughter of Warren Orville and Doris Edna (Heric) Wade. She was raised in Lower Michigan until her family moved to the Upper Peninsula during her Jr. year. She graduated from Rapid River High School in 1948.
Blanche was united in marriage to Axel H. Johnson on July 2, 1949 at the First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. They made their home on the Johnson family farm in Ensign where Axel continued to farm along with Blanche.
Blanche was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River and the Rapid River American Legion Post Auxiliary. She loved bowling and she bowled in leagues for over 42 years. Blanche was an avid baker, reader and gardener. She also enjoyed embroidering, making many tablecloths for her family.
Son: Andrew (Diane) Johnson of Tomah, WI
Daughters: Kathy (Don) Rushford of Chatham and Colleen (Karl) Soderman of Ensign
Brother: Donald D. (Lexie) Wade of Port Huron, MI
Sister: Dalene K. Benson of Escanaba
12 grandchildren: Jeff (Holly) Johnson, Michelle (Erik) Rantala, Ashley and Brandon Johnson, Patrick, Daniel and David (Emily) Rushford, Karleen (Ryan) Thorbahn, Karl (Amanda) Soderman, Kyle Soderman, Michael and Erica Wilde and 8 great grandchildren: Zach, Taylor, Ethan, Megan, Jake, Maddie, Trevor and Tanner.
In addition to her parents, her husband, Axel, on October 7, 2001, son, Michael, on November 9, 2009, two brothers, George and Edward Wade, and sister, Frances Sarasin, preceded Blanche in death.
Visitation for Blanche is scheduled for Saturday November 12, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Rapid River American Legion Auxiliary services will follow at 2:00 PM. Funeral services celebrating the life of Blanche R. Johnson will follow at 3:00 PM at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River with Rev. Stephen Gauger officiating. Luncheon will follow in the Calvary Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Burial will be held on Sunday at the Rapid River Cemetery.