Alice Johnson, 102

Former nurse, retired OPRF administrative assistant

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Alice M. Johnson, 102, a 55-year resident of Oak Park, died on July 15, 2015 at the Victory Centre of River Woods, a supportive living community.

She was born on June 7, 1913 to William and Clara Ehlers (nee Geib) in the small, rural, farm town of Henderson, Minnesota. After graduating from high school, her dream was to move to The Big City.

To that end, she enrolled in nursing school and upon graduation was offered a nursing position at Chicago's Cook County Hospital. Soon after arriving in Chicago, she met a handsome, young man, John Johnson, who had likewise left his hometown in Wisconsin to seek a better life. They married on Nov. 17, 1938.

During World War II, while John was in the U.S. Navy, Alice continued working as a nurse. Following the war, they raised a family together in Oak Park. After the children were grown, Alice worked for Oak Park and River Forest High School as an administrative assistant.

Each semester she would help schedule, without the aid of computers, roughly 4,000 students into all the many classes they needed. She retired in 1980. After her loving husband of 70 years died, Alice moved to Victory Centre of River Woods where she continued to thrive for an additional six years.

Alice Johnson is survived by her children, Jacqueline (John) Gray and Bill (Rosemary) Johnson; grandson, Bryan Johnson; and her sister, Susie (Delbert) Payne.

Private Interment will be held in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home. 

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