Helen Johnson, 85, of Elkader, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Kingston Court in Elkader following a sudden illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 20, at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center, with Rev. Rudy Lechner officiating. Visitation was held before service at the church on Wednesday. Burial followed at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Clayton Center.
Helen was born Jan. 24, 1924, in Elkader to Charles and Ella (Ihde) Glawe. Helen was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Clayton Center. She attended country school. Helen was untied in marriage to Eldo Johnson at Zion Lutheran Church parsonage in Clayton Center. Following their marriage, Eldo and Helen lived on a farm by Clayton Center for over 50 years. It was a Century Farm. Eldo and Helen were members of Zion Lutheran Church in Clayton Center. They farmed until moving to Cedar Rapids for a few years before returning to Elkader in November of 2005. Helen was a homemaker who loved living and working on the farm. She was very dedicated to her family and loved spending time with all of them. She was a wonderful cook and took great pleasure in taking care of her garden. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. Helen also enjoyed music, dancing and also looked forward to traveling with her family.
Survivors include three children, Arlene (Gerald) Reimer of Elkader, Eugene (Sherry) Johnson of Swisher and Geraldine “Geri” (John) Hauschild of Cedar Rapids; 10 grandchildren, Cindy (Matt) Mueller of Elkader, Lesa (Jim) Moose of Monona, JoEllen (Steve) Middlekauff of Cedar Rapids, Jason (Jacque) Hauschild of Cedar Rapids, Jennie Hauschild of Astoria, N.Y., Joshua Hauschild of Cedar Rapids, Erin (Greg) Joseph of Hiawatha, Kristy Johnson of Indianapolis, Ind., Heidi (John) Wegener of Cedar Falls and Sara (Nathanael) Brandt of Cedar Rapids; 20 great-grandchildren, Justin (Kelsey) Mueller, Jessica Mueller, Jarred and Jordan Moose, Joergen, Jacob, Jenna and Jaelynn Hauschild, Nicholas, Jackson, Lucas and Emmerson Middlekauff, Mackenzie and Megan Joseph, Andrew, Aleah and Javan Wegener and Hannah, Alyssa and Emily Brandt; a sister-in-law, Berniece Johnson of Elkader.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband on Feb. 10, 2007, and one brother, Karl Glawe.
“A mother holds her children’s hands for a while … their hearts forever.”
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