Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — FRANKFORT — A woman of integrity, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, left us to be with God while staying at The Pines, at the age of 89, in Frankfort.
Katie was born in Elberta and graduated from Frankfort High School in 1941 and in the same year married her high school sweetheart, Pat Johnson. Katie was a cheerleader, and he was the captain of the football team. They celebrated 64 years together before his passing in 2005.
Katie lived in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., as a young mother with one son while her husband worked in the shipyards. During the war they moved back to Frankfort, where she patiently waited for her husband’s return from the U.S. Marines. After the war four more children were born to the family.
While the children were young Katie was a stay-at-home mom; she was a great cook and always had the evening meal on the table for her family and many a guest. Holidays were always special with great food. Katie was known for keeping a clean house, decorating for the occasion, and she loved gardening and reading.
When their youngest child started school full time, Katie took a job as a bookkeeper for the State Savings Bank in Frankfort, a job she loved and worked approximately 20 years. From 1975 to 1988 she and her husband Pat owned and operated the Benzie Abstract & Title Company. Katie loved history and running the abstract business fulfilled this interest.
After retiring she and Pat enjoyed many winters in Sedona, Ariz., and Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Katie served her church, Trinity Lutheran, in many capacities, from Altar Guild to Sunday school to being a member of the various Circles of Women there. Katie also belonged to many other organizations throughout the years; she was a charter member of the Zonta Club of Benzie, volunteered for the Red Cross and the American Cancer Society, and for many years belonged to the Se Be Qua Study Club until it disbanded.
She was a generous daughter, mother and grandmother. She took special pride in raising her five children and later being grandmother to her 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Katie leaves to mourn her loss her two sons, Allan and Robert Johnson, of Frankfort; three daughters, Signe (Peter) Petelle, of Sedona, Ariz., Laurie (Greg) Satanski, of Ypsilanti, and Melissa (Randy) Gilbert, of Frankfort; her primary caregiver these past few years, Melissa; her “beloved” dog, Doozer; and 12 grandchildren, Gary Johnson, Jennifer and Christine Johnson, Kristin and Matthew Petelle, Katie (Aaron) Campbell, Carolyn Satanski, Emily (Enrique) Arboleda, and Kendra, Jordin, Abby and Kimberly Gilbert; and great-grandchildren, Jacob and Mitchell Campbell. She is also survived by sister-in-law, Ruth Seltzer; sister/brother-in-law, Bernard and Harriet Mick; one cousin, Betty Callies; and many special nieces and nephews.
Katie was predeceased by her loving husband, parents, parents-in-law, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a memorial service for Katie on Saturday, May 11, at noon, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Frankfort. Friends and family can visit with the family before the service at 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church of Frankfort, Benzie Home Health Care or the Paul Oliver Memorial Dialysis Center.
Jowett Funeral Homes and Cremation Service are handling the arrangements.