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Vera Johnson

Vera Johnson

Vera Johnson nee Eckstrom, age 71, of Bradley, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. A gathering time for friends and family will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Schreffler Life Story Funeral Home’s Kankakee Chapel. Vera’s funeral mass will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bradley.

Vera was born on December 30, 1941 to Edward and Geneva (Anderson) Eckstrom in Chicago, IL. She married Lawrence Johnson on August 4, 1962 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Bradley. She worked as a secretary for Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center for 21 years before her retirement in 2011. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, a member of the Council of Catholic Women (C.C.W.) and a member of the reunion committee for the Kankakee High School Class of 1960. She enjoyed volunteering at St. Joseph’s Church each Monday and spending time with her friends and family, especially mornings with her fellow B.U.G.C. retirees for Breakfast Club at Baker’s Square.

Vera is survived by her two sons, Jeff (Julie) Johnson of West Bend, WI and Christopher Johnson of Bradley; two daughters, Lesley (Gary) Schafer of North Aurora, IL and Gwendolyn (Robert) Stralow of Bloomingdale, IL; 5 grandchildren, Kimberly (Jim) Lewko, Nicholas Johnson, Zach Schafer, Kyra Schafer, Georgia Stralow;a granddaughter on the way, Audrey Stralow; two sisters, Carol (Rob) Stoops of Kankakee and Lois (Jim) Billadeau of Ringgold, GA; several nieces and nephews and many close friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Lawrence Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.