Elna L. Johnson, 83, of Annawan, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at her home with her family by her side. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, October 21, 2013 at the First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. Rev. Dr. Arthur Bergren will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. A visitation will be held from 2-5 pm on Sunday, October 20th at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd, Atkinson. Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church Music Program.
Elna was born on August 1, 1930 in Atkinson, IL, the daughter of Berndt “Ben” and Ione (Westlund) Nordstrom. She graduated from Atkinson High School in 1947. After high school she went to Augustana College and then went on to graduate from Western IL University. She was united in marriage to Bennie H. Johnson on March 23, 1952 in the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. He preceded her in death in 2005. Elna was a longtime school teacher at the Atkinson Grade School, teaching first grade for 24 years before retiring in 1991.
Elna was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. She belonged to the Annawan/Alba Women’s Club, Sams Club camping group, AFS (American Field Services), Friends of Geneseo, Henry County Retired Teachers, Eight Mile Home Extension, and her Card Club for over 60 years. She was an accomplished pianist and an advocate for education. Elna enjoyed travelling and camping, and she loved spending time with family and friends.
She is survived by a son, Phillip Johnson (Alex Williams) Imperial, PA; 6 daughters: Pamela (Richard) Gottard, Lake Havasu City, AZ, Marla Johnson (Bob Pyevich), Annawan, IL, Nancy (John) Clark, Staunton, IL, Julie Clark (David Powell), Annawan, IL, Miriam (Mark) Howlett, Little Elm, TX, Linnea Johnson (Jeff Tuisl), St. Charles, IL; AFS son: Stefan Roth, Germany; 14 grandchildren: Chad (Bre) Clark, Heath (Ashley) Clark, Ben (Keli) Clark, Jennie Clark, Bonnie (Nick) McClelland, Hayley (Andrew) Wright, Darrin (Abby) Clark, Rosalie Clark, Alexa Johnson-Roach, Seth Howlett, Zachary Howlett, Leah Howlett, Luke Howlett, Lily Tuisl; 16 great grandchildren; sister: Marie Norlen, Moline, IL: 2 sisters-in-law: Greta Nordstrom, Geneseo, IL, Mary Nordstrom, Geneseo, IL; Brother-in-law: Forrest Johnson, Davenport, IA;
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Bennie, her two brothers Ralph and Robert Nordstrom and an infant sister, Myrtle.