Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — June Marie (Blixt) Johnson, of Traverse City and Fort Myers, Fla., passed away Oct. 30, 2013. June was born May 31, 1927, in Thorpe, Wis., and moved to Traverse City as a young child.
She met her future husband, Guy Johnson, at a Bethlehem Lutheran Church box social. They were married there on Dec. 14, 1947, following Guy’s U.S. Army duty in World War II. The Old Mission Peninsula has been their home since then, wintering six months in Fort Myers, Fla., for the last 30 years.
Predeceasing June were parents, Carl and Irma (Klimeck) Blixt; sisters, Mildred Blixt, Luella Blixt and Joan Clouse Barnes; and son, Stevan Johnson.
In addition to her husband, Guy, June is survived by her daughter, Phyllis (Brent) Cooley; daughter-in-law, Debra Johnson; grandchildren, Janae Cooley, Courtney (Ben) Morin, Lyndsay (Nick) Batsakis and Andrew Johnson; great-grandchildren, Ella Batsakis, Luke Morin and Elle Morin; sister-in-law, Mary Johnson; brothers-in-law, Fred Clous and Frank Barnes; and multiple nephews and nieces.
June’s joy in always putting others’ needs in front of hers is her lasting legacy. For a period of time she was a foster mom and also worked as a dietary assistant at the Osteopathic Hospital. To her family’s delight her “hobby” of testing new recipes has entertained for years! Grandchildren and great-grandchildren will always hold close their Grandma’s “I love you forever and a day!”
June’s family extends heartfelt gratitude to the many people who have supported her, especially during the last four years, Munson’s Rehabilitation Center, Grand Traverse Commission on Aging, Munson Hospice and friends north and south.
A family gathering will be held at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, from 3 until 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, followed by a visitation for friends from 4 until 6 p.m. A celebration of June’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the funeral home, with graveside services following at Oakwood Cemetery.
Please share your memories of June with her family by way of her online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.