PRINCETON — Marilyn I. Johnson, 82, of Princeton passed away Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at Aperion Care in Princeton, surrounded by loved ones.
Marilyn was born March 7, 1936, in Walnut to the late William and Iva (Martinson) Crane. She was a graduate of Princeton High School, Class of 1954.
She married the late Marvin Johnson on Oct. 3, 1954. Marvin and Marilyn started their family and she began working for Ohio High School, Ohio, Ill., as the bookkeeper in 1967 and retired in 2016 after 49 years of service.
She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Princeton, as well as the Women’s Auxiliary at the First Lutheran Church of Princeton.
Marilyn loved to crochet and really enjoyed spending time with people, having good conversation over a cup of coffee. She was a great storyteller, and enjoyed cooking and baking, spending time gardening, farming, raising livestock and crafting. You could catch her and Marvin listening to the polka radio station on vacation with friends. She enjoyed watching “The Price Is Right,” “Wheel of Fortune” and “The Lawrence Welk Show.” She loved her animals, specifically her poodle, Annie, but most of all, she loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by two daughters, Bonnie (Joe) Pearson of Van Orin and Jean (Alvin) Goeking of Rockford; one son-in-law, Ken Sadowski of LaSalle; four grandchildren, Erica Goeking, Ashley Goeking, Drew (Michelle) Pearson and Dillon Pearson; and one great-grandchild, Fitzgerald Pearson.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marvin Johnson (Dec. 2, 2014); and one daughter, Nancy Sadowski.
A Celebration of Life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the First Lutheran Church of Princeton, officiated by the Rev. Bill Shields. A graveside service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church of Princeton.
The Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.