Rena E. Johnson

Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002

Douglas resident Rena Elizabeth Johnson, 83, died Dec. 12, 2002 at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

She was born in Franklin, Iowa, on April 22, 1919, to Herman and Emilie Timpe.

Rena was preceded in death by her son Robert Johnson, parents Herman and Emilie, and brothers Floyd and Lester.

Rena is survived by her daughter Karen Tennison and her husband Mike; by grandchildren Chad Spencer, Deana Lentz, and Kelley Tennison; great-grandchildren Veronica Hinke, Corey and Amanda Lentz, and Nicholas Hoek, all of Juneau. She also is survived by her twin sister Ruth Blacksmith of Donnellson, Iowa, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, also of Iowa.

Rena and her family moved to Juneau in 1956 and then returned to Iowa. In 1958 they returned to Juneau and settled in Douglas, where she lived until moving to the Juneau Pioneers' Home. She worked for RCA Alascom until her retirement.

Her family said Rena will be remembered for her strong faith and love for her family and friends. Her family always came first and foremost and even in her final days her concern was for them and not herself, the family said.

Her family can be contacted through her daughter Karen at 586-6589 or at 3027 Nowell Ave., mailing address P.O. Box 21687, Juneau, AK 99802.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at the Douglas Community United Methodist Church. A reception will be held immediately after the service in the church hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Juneau Pioneers' Home Residents Council, 4675 Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801; Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, 3200 Hospital Drive, Suite 100, Juneau, AK 99801; or the Douglas Community United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 240509, Douglas, AK 99824.

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