Thompson, IA - Darlene Janice Johnson, 85, peacefully passed away Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Mercy Hospice Home in Johnston, Iowa. Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, (June 7, 2014) at the Bethany Lutheran Church, 183 2nd Ave. East, Thompson, IA.
A gathering of friends and family will be held one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday. Inurnment of cremains will be held in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Thompson. Memorials may be directed to the Bethany Lutheran Church in Thompson or Mercy Hospice in Johnston, Iowa.
Darlene Johnson was born January 2, 1929, in Thompson, IA to Joe and Eva Bravick. She was raised in Thompson and graduated from Thompson High School. She attended Luther College and taught at a rural school before her marriage. On June 25, 1950, Darlene married Robert Johnson. They made their home in Thompson and had three children, Renee, Chuck, and Julie. Bob and Darlene celebrated 63 years of marriage before Bob's death on Nov. 3, 2013. Darlene was a homemaker during the years her children were young. In 1970 she went to work in the treasurer's office of Winnebago County in Forest City. She worked there for 21 years before retiring in 1991. After her husband's death, she moved to Johnston to be close to her daughters and had been residing at Bishop Drumm Care Center at the time of her death. Darlene will be remembered for her wonderful sense of humor and her "spunk", even as her health declined. She was a wonderful cook who took great pleasure in trying new recipes and entertaining her family and friends. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, and will be greatly missed by her family.
Darlene is survived by her daughter Renee (Bill) Burchett of Ankeny and Renee's son Matthew (Kriss) Nepstad and children Andrew and Lucas of Plymouth, MN; her son Chuck (Tammy) Johnson of Scottsdale, AZ and their sons Nick (Elizabeth) Johnson of Minneapolis, MN and Robert (Chelsea) Johnson of Scottsdale; her daughter Julie (Rick) Helps of Johnston and their children Ryan (Cheri) Helps and son Logan of Grimes and Jessica (Brian) Arroyo and daughter Ava of Omaha,NE. She is also survived by her brother Don Bravick of Appleton, WI and sister Joan Larson of Rochester, MN as well as many nieces and nephews.
Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Wayne, Joel, and Harold, and her husband Robert.