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Janace Louise Johnson

January 25, 1937 March 26, 2013
Janace Louise Johnson
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Obituary for Janace Louise Johnson

Janace Louise Johnson, age 76, a resident of Milford, died on March 26, 2013 near her winter home in Punta Gorda, Florida. She was preceded in death by husbands, Harold Kane (1991) and Edward Johnson (May 6, 2012).

As a young bride from Canada, and through a 34-year marriage, Jan was a trucker�s wife who created a loving family and home in Milford. She had a huge capacity for forming deep and durable friendships. She gave unfailing support to her husband and their daughters. Jan was an exceptionally strong woman, and a remarkably loving mother and grandmother. Long ago, Jan began laying the lasting foundations for her daughters� lives, for their families, and for many more families to come.

Because Jan had a traveling husband, she managed family life mostly on her own. Aided by her robust work ethic, Jan was a working woman well before it was common-place. She accomplished many successive goals for her own life: first U.S. citizenship, then education leading to a college degree, all the while holding many jobs eventually leading to a rewarding office support position for the executive staff at Buick headquarters in Flint.

Jan�s life changed with an unassuming blind date with Edward Johnson. Both widowed in their fifties, Jan and Ed quickly became inseparable and after their marriage they promptly retired. They just adored each other. �My Eddie�, as Jan called him, was quite simply the love of her life.

Jan was devoted to veterans and enthusiastically participated in Ed�s Navy reunions and the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association. Jan and Ed traveled extensively, ultimately setting up their winter-season home in Punta Gorda surrounded by dear friends, both life-long and newly-found.

As much as Jan enjoyed their travels, the home-comings were even better. Time spent with Ed and seeing family was precious for Jan, especially time with her grandchildren and her great-granddaughter. Jan cherished being in Milford, being at home, and being in her gardens. For several years, Jan was a member of the Milford Garden Club and her gardens were part of the club�s garden-walk event. In Milford and in Florida, Jan devoted extensive time and talent to her quilting hobbies as a member of several stitching groups creating many beautiful quilts, some of which were specially made just for charity. The Milford Senior Center was particularly dear to Jan as a welcoming gathering-place for her to share her needlework and quilt stitching as well as her boundless friendship.

More than anything else, perhaps, Jan treasured the quiet, affectionate evenings spent by the fireplace beside �her Eddie�. As their love grew ever stronger over the years, so did time and disease take their toll on the inseparable couple. Jan cared for Ed throughout his terminal illness, they remained side-by-side, as close as could be.

Jan often reflected on her life�s blessings; she believed there were far too many to be counted. Jan recently said that, above all, she was very pleased and contented to have given Ed a comfortable life at home leading to a peaceful passing with her lying by his side. For about 10 months after Ed passed, Jan continued on her own. She even enjoyed a winter-season in Florida despite a number of health issues. A few days after her three daughters arrived to be by her side and share her warm love and smiles, Jan passed away peacefully� it is certain that Jan felt very contented with her life and very pleased to, again, be together with �her Eddie.�

Jan is survived by children, Sheryl (Paul) Daniloff, Kathy (Daniel) Lochmann, Janelle (Nicholas) Rolando, Christopher (Kimberly) Johnson, Kelly (Paul) Friend, Gregory (Maureen Ziegler) Johnson, Bruce (Peggy) Johnson, Patricia (Frits DenHertog) Rushmore and Barrie (James) Magliocca. She also leaves her beloved grandchildren, William (Carly) Schlacht, Scott Kane Stukel, John Stukel, Thomas Stukel, Regina Kane Rolando, Bryn Johnson, Alexander Johnson, Michael Johnson, Achcy Johnson, great-granddaughter, Margaret Louise Schlacht, much extended family and a host of dear friends in Milford and Florida.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Mystic Creek Golf Club, 1 Champions Circle, in Milford, Michigan on Saturday, April 20, at 12 Noon. Everyone is invited to gather from 11AM until the time of service. Interment Milford Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to the Milford Senior Center, 1050 Atlantic St., Milford, MI 48381. For further information please phone Lynch & Sons, Milford, 248-684-6645.

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