Sadly, our Grandma J was taken from us. Here is the Obituary.


Tressa E. Johnson
Born: Nov. 15, 1917; in Albion, Neb.

Died: Oct. 31, 2007; in Lake Geneva, Wis.

She was employed at Schultz Bros. Dime Store in Lake Geneva for many years



LAKE GENEVA, Wis. - Tressa E. Johnson, 89, formerly of Walworth Street in Lake Geneva, Wis., died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, at Geneva Lake Manor Nursing Home in Lake Geneva.

She was born Nov. 15, 1917, in Albion, Neb., to Guy and Elita Cooper Simons. She married Theodore Johnson in April 1941 in Iowa. He preceded her in death July 10, 1981.

She was a member of First Evangeclical Lutheran Church in Lake Geneva and worked at Schultz Bros. Dime Store in Lake Geneva for many years.

Survivors include two daughters, Trudy (Albert) May of Woodstock and Terri (Wayne) Parker of Lake Geneva; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Mike) Hollatz, Mary (Brian) Olbrich, Debra (Kent) Kindschy and Katie (Alan) Ainger; seven great-grandchildren; her sisters, Twila (Harold) Fender of Boise, Idaho, Joanne (Edward) Greenough of Lusk, Wyo., and Helen Townsend of Bassett, Neb.; and a brother, Guy Simons Jr. of Chadron, Neb.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Phyllis Reicks; and her brothers, Tom and John Simons.

Private funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Steinke Funeral Home in Lake Geneva. The Rev. Verlyn J. Dobberstein of First Evangelical Lutheran Church will officiate.

Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

For information, call the funeral home at 262-248-2320.


Published in the Northwest Herald on 11/3/2007.

Memories of Grandma J

The apartment on Geneva street with the big front porch with all the windows. Family dinners in the apartment on Geneva Street. Fighting with Mary & Deb to sit on the leaf on top of the phone books. Having root beer floats in the Archie jelly jars. Setting the table with the Currier & Ives dishes.

Watching Grandma make gravy years later and Mom saying she canít make gravy as good as Grandma J.

(so I guess no more homemade gravy at Momís house and she works in a kitchen!)

The glass swans that sat on her buffet with the colored water in them. Reading the book on the history of Rock County, NE with stories of her family living on Pony Lake and Tom Phyllis and Grandma all rode the same horse to the one room schoolhouse on the other side of Pony Lake.

Going to visit Grandma J at work at Schultz Brothers and going up to see her on Thursdays (her day off) in the summer to take her to the grocery store since she didnít drive. After Grandpa died, Grandma and I were learning how to drive at the same time and she got her license before I did.

Grandma coming down to the house and drinking her 7-7ís

Her sending not the typical ďGrandmother typeĒ serious birthday cards. They always made you laugh.

Reading Grandmaís National Enquirer and Star tabloids. Seeing All My Children at Grandmaís house.

Picking grapes at the apartment on Walworth.

Going up to Grandmaís in the summer and making fun of all the Illinois drivers (tourists). Grandma coming down to watch Katie when Mom and Dad were on one of their trips. Mind you that Mary & I were out of school and working so we felt that we didnít need watching.

The doll that Grandma had with the hair that you pulled out to make long and the crank in the back to shorten the hair.

Her gorgeous white hair and hoping that when I get gray (or should I say grayer) I want Grandma Jís hair it will be something I will wear with pride.

We luv ya,

Grandma J


Grandma J pictures

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