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Loraine Johnson

October 7, 1920 April 22, 2016
Loraine Johnson
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Loraine was born October 7, 1920, youngest of Jesse and Edna Amon. She grew up in Grand Ledge and worked at the D and C Dime Store in town until she met and married Morris Johnson, a young farmer just north of Grand Ledge. They were married August 12, 1939 at the brides home on Perry Street in Grand Ledge, they honeymooned at Niagara Falls.

Loraine moved to the farm house Morris’s father built the year he was born 1913. As a young farmer’s wife, she quickly learned how to cook and made bread by the dishpan full, feeding hired hands during harvest time. Over the next 14 years Morris and Loraine welcomed 3 daughters, Judy, Patricia and Susan. She learned to sew and made clothes for her girls. She became Morris’ right hand man, always helping with farm and Morris’ well drilling career running for parts and answering telephone taking pump calls.

They were members of the United Methodist church in Eagle where she was treasurer for a time. They found lifelong friends there, we remember many hunting, fishing, and camping trips with friends.

They owned a small 1950’s travel trailer and spent many weekends at Reedsburg Dam fishing for bluegill and with her parents who also had a small trailer.

In addition to camping, they were fortunate to be able to travel during Christmas break with 3 kids to tow to Florida. I remember the tiny motels and moms electric fry pan which always blew fuses when she cooked supper at night.

Loraine started her egg business during this time, delivered many dozen eggs to homes and businesses in Grand Ledge.

They upgraded to a tiny cottage on Lake St. Helen with a bathroom so small you had to back in because you couldn’t turn around. Many of their good friends also had cottages there, which led to many pot luck dinners at the different cottages. A new red Glastron speedboat was purchased, providing many hours of boating and fishing.

In 1967 their oldest daughter married Paul Gensterblum and the next year they welcomed their first daughter.

The 1970’s brought more changes, the tiny cottage was sold and a larger one on the same lake was purchased. Their youngest daughter was married to Ron Hodge. They built their present home Tallman Road in the spring of 1973, using a tractor and hay wagon to move. They also welcomed 4 more grandchildren during this time. There were sad times too, Loraine battled breast cancer and we lost Judy’s husband Paul in an accident.

The 1980’s found them selling the St. Helen cottage ad moving to Houghton Lake, to a bigger cottage. The traveled more and wintered in Pharr, Texas. Morris was diagnosed with colon cancer the liver cancer was treated with chemotherapy on and off for 7 years. Eventually the chemo took its toll on his body and he passed in May of 1990, 9 months after they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

After Morris passed, she was fortunate to have a middle daughter Pat living with her so she was never alone. Houghton lake cottage was sold and another was bought at Clifford Lake closer to home, she enjoyed traveling only now with her kids, accompanying her youngest daughter and husband on several hunting trips from Canada to Wyoming not for hunting but for the trip.
She enjoyed good health until dementia started to take its toll; she went to live at Fairview Adult Foster Care in Grand Ledge, December of 2014, where she has been blessed with many more “kids” who took care of her. Loraine has enjoyed a long and healthy life.

Loraine’s family includes daughters: Judy Gensterblum (late Paul), Patricia Johnson and Susan (Ronald) Hodge; Grandchildren: Michele (Bryant) Moore, Karen (Bron) Magoon, Charles (Bonnie) Gensterblum, Amy (Eric) Brugman, Rebecca (Duane) Bettis; Great grandchildren: Stephanie (Keegan) Taylor, Steven (Krystal) Moore, Elizabeth (Douglas) Barger, Emily Magoon, Makayla Magoon, Caleb Gensterblum, Dylan Gensterblum; Great Great grandchildren: Victoria Elizabeth Barger.

The family will receive friends and family Sunday, April 24th from 4 – 7:00 p.m. at Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge. A Graveside Service will be held Monday, April 25th at 11:00 a.m. at Niles Cemetery, South Niles Road (just south of Clark Road), Eagle Twp., Clinton County, MI. Memorial contributions may be made to North Eagle Cemetery Society. Online condolences may be shared at

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4:00 PM 4/24/2016 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4/24/2016 7:00:00 PM
Peters & Murray Funeral Home

301 E. Jefferson Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Peters & Murray Funeral Home
301 E. Jefferson Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
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11:00 AM 4/25/2016 11:00:00 AM
Niles Cemetery

south Niles Road
Eagle, MI 48822

Niles Cemetery
south Niles Road Eagle 48822 MI
United States

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