Jane Christie Johnson, 101, died peacefully on July 14, 2020. Born on July 29, 1918, she almost made it to her 102nd birthday. She raised her children in Chicago and Oak Park. She volunteered at West Suburban Hospital and was active as a den mother with the Cub Scouts and a Brownie and Girl Scout leader and served as treasurer of the Nineteenth Century Club. She started working at the Oak Park and River Forest High School switchboard and became secretary in the Dean’s Office.
Known for her baking, she taught many neighborhood children about baking cookies, cakes and pies. The “classes” were held in her kitchen where she was the queen of pie crusts. A member of First United Methodist Church, she organized bake sales and the “Birthday Bash,” a monthly meal at a local restaurant celebrating each month’s birthdays. Her sparkle was infectious.
At Rotary, she write their newsletters as well as the “MMN — Mom’s Monthly Newsletter,” which included jokes and kept the family connected. For years she had college-age foreign students living in her Oak Park home while they took English classes, providing warm hospitality and support. She loved traveling with her husband on cruises and exploring Greece, Alaska, the Bahamas, Italy, Ireland, and Paris with friends, daughters, and grandchildren. She was the “Queen of Fun.”
The week before she died, she wrote, “I’ve had a great life because of Dad and all my family. Thank you, one and all!”
Jane Johnson was the wife of Raymond A. Johnson; the mother of Alan (Martie McMane), Curt (Sharyn), Jan Kelley and Karen (Ali) Nimrouzi; the grandmother of Darrell (Maricel) Rikert, Sohrob Nimrouzi, Knowl Johnson (Shirley Tephly), Sahar (Jake) Hartsock, Ramine Nimrouzi; and great-grandmother to Auden Hartsock, Emory Rikert and Madden Hartsock. Jane was one of nine children of Axel and Ruby Anderson and all her siblings and their spouses predeceased her, as well as her husband and Curt. She has many nieces and nephews.
A private family gathering and service have been held. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.