Alice M. and Carl E.'s Story
Alice M. (April 6, 1933, to Dec. 17, 2016) and Carl E. Johnson (May 28, 1930, to July 1, 2006), will be laid to rest at the Blakesburg Cemetery in Iowa on April 15, 2017, at 11 a.m.
Per their wishes, both were cremated and are joined in the double urn. Both of our parents passed away at their home as they requested under the wonderful care of Hospice and all of us kids. There has been no regular visitation in the past, and this will be a short closure ceremony as they requested. Anyone wishing to say their goodbyes is more than welcome for this celebration of remembering our parents; this will be a short ceremony at the gravesite. Pastor Matthew Risting will be giving final closure prayer, and the Albia American Legion will be performing the military honors for our father, as he had proudly served in the USAF for 20 years.
They lived in Omaha for several years, then in 1973 Dad packed up the family, bought his grandparents' farm and moved to Blakesburg, Iowa; they made wonderful memories at the Johnson Farm and had made many friends during their journey. Later in the 2004 they made another journey, moving to Albia after Dad had discovered his cancer was terminal, as he wanted Mom to be in town. They had a busy life with Mom being a stay-at-home mother and wife who was always there if anyone needed her. Mom had taken care of her parents for several years. She loved to go to the casino with her sister-in-law and children; Mom bowled on leagues in Omaha at Leisure Lanes for years and had plenty of trophies to show for it. She loved playing cards, especially Skipbo, before she had started to become ill. Dad became a computer whiz, always investigating new things, and he loved making the twirlers that he would hang up and also hand out to everyone. He loved finding info on the Johnson family history and special photos and making sure people had copies of that information, and he loved playing little jokes on anyone he thought he could get a smile out of. Mom and Dad's most treasured times were when they were with family, friends and all their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Mom was preceded in death by her husband Carl; her parents, Mary and Arlo Selix; two brothers, Ray and Roy Selix. Dad was preceded in death by his parents, Helen Gladys and John Richard Johnson; his grandparents, Carrie and Jame Johnson; three sisters, Betty, Marilyn, MaryAnn; and one brother, Richard. Both were also preceded in death by a grandson, Nicholas Johnson, and a great-granddaughter, Addison Lorraine Nicole Johnson.
They are survived by their five children, Mary (Jeff Pasa) Belzer of Avery, Chuck (Nancy) Johnson of Blakesburg, Donna (Roy) Miller of Moravia, John (Susan) Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska, Wanda (Terry) Proctor of Unionville. Mom is also survived by a brother, Ron (Trudy Ustohal) Selix of Omaha, Nebraska, and her sister-in-law and best friend Pauline Selix of Albia. Dad is also survived by his sisters and brothers, Rose Bleything of Florida, Evelyn (Don) Boyd of Ottumwa, Dorthy (Jack) Schaefer of Illinois, John W. Johnson of Kentucky, James (Nettie) of Connecticut, Fred (Maryann) Johnson of Massachusetts, Ruth (Richard) Glasgow of Eldon, Linda (Denny) Paytes of Florida; and 18 grandchildren, Alice, David, DeeMae, Bobby, Paul, Randi, Alex, Charlie, Carl, Adam, Jeff, Chris, Joey, Timmy, Danielle, John Jr., Michael, Anthony; plus 40 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; and many, many nieces and nephews and cousins.
We also want to thank the wonderful hospice people from both the older Albia hospice back in 2006 and the Centerville Hospice people in 2016; I believe you have to be very, very special people to do your type of work, and we will all love you for your time given to make the daily life of our parents so much easier for them, special thank you to Dr. Haas of Albia, all the nurses and doctors and therapy people along with all of the daily hospital people at both Monroe County Hospital in Albia and at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines for taking such good care of our parents while they were with us. And to Dawn, Brian and Zoie, Mom's special warm-hearted neighbor who did all the little extras for her and made her smile every time you brought Zoie over. And to Tharp Funeral Home for helping us through this hard time and everyone else that has touched their lives.
I believe the best closure for our parents from all of their family and friends is that you each spent time with them in person or by the phone, that made them feel important to you and loved; I know it gave them both great pleasure and everyone has lots of good memories.
They will both be missed dearly. May you rest in peace, Mom and Dad, and we hope that wherever you are in heaven, may the glory of God be with you always.
There will be a small gathering after the burial at the Blakesburg Community Center; anyone is welcome that would like to come by and share this time with us.
Remembering and loving you always and forever, your children and family members.
Published on April 10, 2017