Helen M. Johnson, age 89, formerly of Gladstone, passed away Tuesday afternoon, February 7, 2012 at the Evergreen Retirement Community in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where she currently resided.
Helen was born August 19, 1922 in Edgar, Wisconsin, the daughter of Cora Bier. Helen attended the County Normal School in Wausau, WI and received her two year teaching degree. Her first teaching job was at a grades 1 through 8 country school house. After a few years, she moved to Gladstone, MI to live with her aunt and uncle in the late 1940
Linda, Karen & Families, Our deep sympathy on the passing of your dear mom. Your parents were so wonderful growing up in Gladstone. They both contributed greatly to the community. We’ll forever miss their presence. Our best wishes always.
Paul & Dale E. Rajala
Mrs Johnson has to be one of the most memorable people of my childhood. When i think back to grade school she is the very first person that comes to my mind; she had a warm heart and wonderful ability to make learning fun, and to also help build self confidence in yourself. I loved her to pieces and often found myself wondering back to her classroom just to say “Hi” and was always greeted with open arms. My heart breaks for your entire family for losing such a wonderful woman.
Green Bay WI
To the family of Helen Johnson,
Pete and I express our sympathy to you at the passing of a friend and former colleague. We were unable to attend her funeral; however, we have decided to give a memorial in her honor to the Foster Grandparent Program Foundation that serves Delta, Schoolcraft and Menominee counties. Foster Grandparents work with teachers in their classrooms to give the students that extra assistance with their studies and/or life skills. Helen would have enjoyed the program. She was a wonderful teacher!!
Pete and Cindy Brock
Rapid River MI
I dearly loved Aunt Helen. She was a loving and kind person and my teacher. She was a real help to me when I was young. I will miss her but she is always in my heart
Mackinaw City MI
Thank you from her daughters, Linda and Karen for all your wonderful thoughts and comments on our mom. We knew she was a very loved and special lady. She was also a wonderful teacher who loved each and every child she taught.
Linda (Johnson) Dittburner
I am sorry to hear that Mrs. Johnson has passed away. I believe that she was my teacher at Kipling Grade School in the early 1960’s. I remember her as being a very nice teacher. However, I may be confused, but when I was at Kipling Tech (as we used to call it), Mrs. Lindberg was the Kindergarten and 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Ohman was the 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Johnson was the 5th and 6th grade teacher and Mrs. Peterson was the 7th and 8th grade teacher. Mrs. Ohman was also the Principal. I don’t know how they managed it but they were all extremely gifted. It was a shame consolidation of the schools ever happened. If my recollection is incorrect, please let me know.
My sincerest condolences.
Kris S, Peterson
Bark River MI
Linda and Karen , Pete and I are sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both at this time.
Pete and Bonnie DeMay
I am sorry for the loss of your mother. She was also my 1st grade teacher. I always remember her being very kind and she was one of my favorite teachers.
I remember Mrs. Johnson from the Kipling school which I attended. She taught 5 and 6th grade, Wonderful sweet lady. Rest in peace our lovely lady.
Pat ( Palmquist ) Meyer
So very sorry,, Helen was so much fun to take care of & be around. I enjoyed her & the family very much. You are all in my prayers. Judy Holmes CNA Evergreen,, now retired. Bless you all..
I was a student of Helen’s in elementary school at Perkins. I, and many others, just loved her. She was so kind and down to earth. She was a great teacher who loved her job. That was obvious. I always thought about her over the years. RIP Helen and thank you for your wonderful spirit of making others feel important!
Mrs. Johnson was my 1st and 2nd grade teacher at Perkins Elementary School. I loved her because she made me feel so special when I was her student, and I still carry those warm feelings she gave me. She was a fabulous teacher who I received much praise, encouragement and love from. She was a one of a kind teacher, one that I will always cherish. When I graduated high school she sent me a card wishing me congratulations. She was an amazing person!! There are so many wonderful memories I have of Mrs. Johnson and being in her class. A wonderful, loving woman who has made such a difference in this world. It is with great sadness to say good-bye.
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Helen. I was a student of hers at Perkins High School. She was my second grade teacher. I have many fond memories of her in the second grade and the following years of schooling. She was one of my favorite teachers and we became good friends. She always made learning fun. Helen made a difference in my life as I am sure she did to many of her students. She was a great person, kind, funny and had a great heart. She will be missed.