Janis Johnson

    Janis H. Johnson (nee Pappe), of Brownsville, was called home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at her home with her family and pastor by her side.
    She was born on July 1, 1939, to the late Elmer and Pearl (nee Irwin) Paape in Saukville, Wis.
    She graduated from Port Washington High School in 1957. Janis earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
    On Aug. 26, 1961, she was united in marriage to Harold J. Johnson at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Saukville.
Janis taught elementary school in Slinger and in Lomira for 11 years and then was a homemaker.

She worked at the Brownsville Library for 34 years, 19 of which as its director. The library was really her passion.

Janis was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lomira, taught Sunday school and was a very active member of the Trinity Woman’s group.

Janis was an avid reader and enjoyed traveling. She served on the Dodge County and Brownsville Library boards for many years and was active in the Girl Scouts.         Family was the most important thing to Janis, and she enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.     

Those Janis leaves behind to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 58 years, Harold Johnson; two children, Gary Johnson of Sherwood and Sally Ruback of Slinger; five grandchildren, Benjamin Johnson, Owen Johnson, Evan Johnson, Bradley (Katie) Ruback and Grant Ruback; her sister Mildred (Gerald) Powers; a sister-in-law, Sheryl Paape; many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was  preceded in death by her sister Elmira (Ralph) Frye and her brother Melvin Paape.

A funeral service in remembrance of Janis will be held on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 300 Church St., Lomira.

Burial at Salem Cemetery will follow the service.

The family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Monday from 11 a.m. until the service.  

Memorials to Trinity United Methodist Church or to the Brownsville Library in Janis’s name are appreciated by the family.

The family would like to thank her doctors and nurses at Froedtert Hospital in West Bend, Heartland Hospice, her ladies card group, and Pastor Rom Pegram and her entire church family for all their help and care.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service has been entrusted with Janis’ arrangements.

 Additional information and guest book may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.





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