Maxine Ona Johnson - March 29, 2012
Maxine Ona Johnson, 90, of Imperial passed away peacefully Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Nebraska Heart Institute in Lincoln with daughter, Jana, at her side.
She was born Feb. 22, 1922, in Imperial, Neb. to Henry Arthur “Arch” and Grace (Case) Bremer.
She graduated from Chase County High School on May 10, 1939.
She worked in a local Variety Store from 1940-1942.
She received her teaching certificate and taught at District #65 near the Hoffmeister Ranch from 1943-1948 and District #41 at Enders 1949-1950 while Enders Dam was being built. She often reminded two granddaughters who are preschool teachers of all the extra duties that came with teaching at that time . . . like building a fire and scooping a path to the outhouse.
She married Frank Johnson, Aug. 6, 1950, and moved to a farm seven miles south of Imperial.
Their farm life together lasted 46 years until they retired in 1995 and moved to Imperial.
They celebrated 58 years together until Frank’s death in 2008, at which time she moved to Imperial Heights.
She was very dedicated to her faith and chose to be baptized and confirmed into the Zion Lutheran Church in Imperial on Feb. 25, 1951. She attended weekly Lutheran services at Imperial Manor and was a lifelong member of the church. She was active with the Willing Workers at church.
She attended most of her class reunions and most recently her 70th.
She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and loved to help with the spring flower planting.
Maxine loved to have her family around her and they usually gathered together for all the favorite family food items such as her famous fried chicken, potato salad, rhubarb pie and angel food cake. She also loved having the grandkids together to bake and decorate sugar cookies for the holidays.
Most recently, she was able to celebrate her 90th birthday at the Imperial Heights with all her family and many friends. She loved gardening, tending her roses and flowers and still had a green thumb with plants in her apartment. She enjoyed the staff and residents at The Heights and would sit outside on the patio any chance she had.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Frank; brothers, Cleo and Don Bremer; sisters-in-law, Irene Bremer, Minnie Zech, Winnie Edwards, Mary Johnson, Grace Cahow, Annie Schilke and Tena Huls; brother-in-law, Ed Johnson.
She is survived by her three children, Rod (Lynette) Johnson, Ron (Jeri) Johnson, all of Imperial, and Jana (Ed) Greenwood of North Platte; nine grandchildren, Clint, Ryan (Tonya) and Curtis (Amanda) Johnson, all of Imperial; Allison, Adam and Jordan Greenwood of North Platte; Nathan (fiance Heather) Johnson of Imperial, Ashley (Eric) Exum of Kearney and Lindsey Johnson of Imperial; six great grandchildren, Shandra, Stevie, Stephen, Jasmine and Keylee Johnson of Imperial and Briella Exum of Kearney; a sister, Arleen (Orville) Kunnemann of Imperial; sisters-in-law, Veats Bremer of Rapid City, S.D. and Emma McAllister of Beatrice; brothers-in-law, Bill Johnson of Imperial and Harm Huls of Beatrice.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 27 at 11 a.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church of Imperial with Pastor David Kahle officiating.
Interment followed at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial.
A memorial has been established by the family.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.